UVA Researchers: Antibiotics Found to Weaken Body's Ability to Fight Off DiseasePosted: Updated:
New research has found that antibiotics could make the body less effective in fighting off diseases.
The research was conducted by the University of Virginia Health System's infectious diseases department.
The research was conducted on microbiomes, which is bacteria that lives in our intestines.
“We've found that when we give antibiotics, they affect a key white blood cell called a neutrophil, an neutrophils are the cells that kill bacterial infections, so they're very important part of our immune system,” said Chief of Infectious Diseases Dr. Bill Petri.
Researchers are currently looking for ways to counter the effect of antibiotics weakening the body's ability to fight off diseases.
This adds another reason for doctors to give antibiotics only when they're absolutely needed.