School of Medicine researchers aim to eradicate severe malnutrition
Mark Manary, MD, the Helene B. Roberson Professor of Pediatrics, has saved countless lives with his role in introducing, more than a decade ago, a therapeutic peanut-butter-based food to battle severe malnutrition, an affliction that contributes to the death of 1 million children each year. But his goal of eradicating malnutrition continues to drive deeper research to save more lives. To that end, research from Manary and the School of Medicine’s Indi Trehan, MD, shows that severely malnourished children are far more likely to recover and survive when given antibiotics along with the peanut-butter-based food than those who are simply treated with the therapeutic food alone.
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