Monday, September 10, 2012

Germ-Killing Oral Spray can combat Cold & Flu

Researchers have developed a new oral antiseptic spray which they claim can kill 99.9% of infectious airborne germs.

Researchers from the University Hospitals Case Medical Center after two separate studies developed Halo Oral Antiseptic, a first-of-its kind germ-fighting spray.

"Respiratory tract disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Halo is unique in that it offers protection from airborne germs such as influenza and rhino virus," Frank Esper, lead author of one of the studies, said.

Esper and his team used glycerine and xanthan gum as a microbial barrier combined with cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) as a broadspectrum anti-infective agent to fight respiratory illnesses . To test this, clinical strains of 2009 pandemic H1N1 were used as a prototype virus to demonstrate Halo's anti-infective activity in cell culture assays.

"The glycerine and xanthan gum prevent the germs from entering a person's system and the CPC kills the germs once they're trapped there," Esper said.

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