With antibiotic resistance so prevalent, new therapies for mastitis are always welcome. Bacteria have a potent armament against antibiotics and have developed sneaky ways to evade host immune responses. But researchers have found a way to turn the tables on Staph aureus and many of its cohorts in disease. Using selected lactobacilli strains isolated from breast milk as probiotic treatment for mastitis, studies are showing that resolution of mastitis is possible without resorting to antibiotics.


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