Cranberries crush bacteria's communication networks

Cranberries crush bacteria's communication networks

'...a new study has revealed that these berries might just be able to succeed where conventional antibiotics are struggling: stopping bacterial infections from spreading by disrupting the pathogens' communication networks.'

Popularisation of Nature article in New Atlas

Nature article

Cranberry-derived proanthocyanidins impair virulence and inhibit quorum sensing of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Incidentally, there's a growing body of recent research showing that cranberry juice isn't effective for Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), though the extra hydration from drinking plenty of the juice might help. For example, the New York Times reported on a study just reported in JANA (see reference in the NYT article), but even back in 2004, there was this Oxford Journal report: More can be found if you search the Internet for 'cranberry juice not effective uti'

The Cure for UTIs? It’s Not Cranberries

Just goes to show how hard it is to overturn accepted wisdom...


Photo: Fan flowers photographed on Kangaroo Island. You can also clearly see the limestone laterite nodules that make up what can be a treacherous surface on graded roads on the island. Thankfully now there are good sealed roads to the main attractions, but if you do venture onto one of these back roads, it can be akin to trying to drive on ball bearings...

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