This important study reveals the microbial community in the respiratory tract is a vital indicator of respiratory health rather than a single virus or bacteria. The study was led by investigators from the University of Edinburgh. They collaborated with teams in the Netherlands to take samples from more than 150 children under the age of six and hospitalized with serious lung infections and compared the samples to those from 300 healthy children. It turns out that tiny organisms from a children’s nose could offer clues to improving the diagnosis and treatment of severe lung infections. The study was funded the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research and published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. Follow the EurekAlert! article to learn more.
Debby Bogaert, Professor, Scottish Senior Clinical Fellow and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Disease, University of Edinburgh’s Medical Research Council Centre for Inflammation Research