Coffee, tea might lower risk of MRSA

July 15, 2011 9:22:11 AM PDT
Regular tea and coffee drinkers may be lowering their risk of getting a superbug.

A new study finds these people may be less likely to carry the antibiotic resistant superbug MRSA in their nostrils.

In this study in the Annals of Family Medicine, scientists discovered tea or coffee drinkers cut their risk by half. Exactly what it means is still unclear.

MRSA is a type of bacteria that causes staph infections that are resistant to several common antibiotics. In hospital patients it can be life threatening.

A small segment of the population carries MRSA in the nose or skin but does not get sick.

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