NIH Wants to Test New Bacteria Therapy for Eczema

Posted by: | April 11, 2017 | Comments

Wanted: A few adults and a few more kids who don’t mind having some bacteria sprayed on their skin.

A team at the National Institutes of Health hopes they can cure, or at least ease, eczema by spraying “good” germs onto the skin of sufferers.

The idea is to restore the skin to its normal, healthy balance.

It’s one of the first tests of a treatment aimed at altering the skin’s microbiome — the collection of bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms that live on the skin…

…Tests on human skin cells in lab dishes and on mice show that healthy versions to R. mucosa can eradicate eczema and make skin cells healthier, Myles said.

“We took the bacteria from healthy people and we saw that the bacteria does everything you would want it to do to improve atopic dermatitis in a petri dish and in mice,” he said.

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It improved the way skin cells use vitamin D, made the skin cells stronger and helped kill off staph bacteria.

“In mice, we can actually make their disease go away with this bacteria,” Myles said.

Read the articel in full at: NBC News

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