12 Jul '11, 1pm

Drinking coffee or tea may protect you from some drug-resistant bacteria, study finds

NEW YORK - Drinking tea and coffee may be linked to reducing antibiotic resistant bacteria carried by healthy people in their noses, a potential benefit of the beverages that baffled researchers. People who consumed tea and coffee carried methicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, in their noses half as often as those who didn't, according to a study released today in the Annals of Family Medicine. MRSA can live in people's noses without infecting them. It grows and multiplies there, in a process called colonisation. Colonised people can spread MRSA to others or become infected through a break of the skin. It is considered a risk for contracting the infection, said Dr Eric Matheson, the study author and a doctor in the department of family medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. "Oral consumption, which is the way most of us drink ou...

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