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The latest research at Duke University Medical Center recently claimed that they may have a new way to halt and even avert urinary tract infections (UTIs) that affect more than a third of all adults and sometimes even repeatedly.

Apparently it was discovered that how cells inside the bladder are able to feel the presence of E.coli bacteria hiding within the compartments in the bladder’s own cells. The bacteria are then apparently kicked out by a process which gets started.

Duke scientists think they can help the bladder protect itself by knowing how the bladder’s own cells sense the bacteria and what the cells do to drive them out.

Soman Abraham, a professor of the pathology at Duke mentioned that antibiotic-resistant UTIs and even bacterial infections in other parts of the body can apparently be tackled by the new treatments.

This research appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.