Probiotic reduces sepsis-related deaths among newborns in India

August 23, 2017 --

Probiotic reduces sepsis-related deaths among newborns in India

Photo Caption: Location of study sites in Odisha, India. Source: India and Odisha state maps, redrawn to show the geographic location of study sites.

An article published in the August 24th edition of "Nature" suggests a low-cost probiotic given to newborns at risk of developing sepsis may significantly reduce the chance of infection.

During the study, which took place between 2008 and 2012, children given an ingestible form of Lactobacillus plantarum bacteria during the first few days of life were 43 percent less likely to contract and die from neonatal sepsis.

Drs. J. Glenn Morris and Judy Johnson played a significant role in the study: Morris contributed to the study design and Johnson was one of two researchers in charge of developing microbiology protocols and procedures.

For more information, read the article online or a summary published in the New York Times.