Research discovery could stop medical device infections

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    A discovery by scientists at Trinity College Dublin could help prevent the spread of bacteria through infected medical devices.

    As reported by Raidió Teilifís Éireann, the finding should in the future help reduce the risk contamination through objects such as replacement joints and heart valves, thereby improving patient recovery. The team of microbiologists discovered a method to stop communities of the bacteria known as staphylococci from growing by focusing on the linkages that bind them together.

    The method involves use of a blocking molecule which stops the bacteria from sticking to the device’s surface and to one another.

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