Scientists have long pondered the seeming contradiction that taking broad-spectrum antibiotics over an extended period of time can lead to severe secondary bacterial infections. Now researchers may have figured out why.
Jeffrey Weiser, professor of microbiology and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, says prolonged antibiotic use in humans may effectively throttle down the immune system, such that it is no longer at peak efficiency.
“Good” bacteria in the gut keep the immune system primed to more effectively fight infection.
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