Sepsis Is A Global Killer. Can Vitamin C Be The Cure? : Short Wave Every day, approximately 30,000 people die globally of sepsis. The condition comes about when your immune system overreacts to an infection, leading potentially to organ failure and death. There is no cure. But then in 2017, a doctor proposed a novel treatment for sepsis, a mixture that included Vitamin C, arguing it saved the lives of most of his patients. NPR's Richard Harris has been reporting on this treatment and how it's divided scientists from around the world. Follow host Maddie Sofia on Twitter @maddie_sofia. Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.
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Sepsis Is A Global Killer. Can Vitamin C Be The Cure?

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Sepsis Is A Global Killer. Can Vitamin C Be The Cure?

Sepsis Is A Global Killer. Can Vitamin C Be The Cure?

Sepsis Is A Global Killer. Can Vitamin C Be The Cure?

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Sepsis, or blood poisoning, occurs when the body overreacts to infection. It's a leading cause of death worldwide. Science Photo Library/Science Source hide caption

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Sepsis, or blood poisoning, occurs when the body overreacts to infection. It's a leading cause of death worldwide.

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Every day, approximately 30,000 people die globally of sepsis. The condition comes about when your immune system overreacts to an infection, leading potentially to organ failure and death. There is no cure. But then in 2017, a doctor proposed a novel treatment for sepsis, a mixture that included Vitamin C, arguing it saved the lives of most of his patients. NPR's Richard Harris has been reporting on this treatment and how it's divided scientists from around the world.

Follow host Maddie Sofia on Twitter @maddie_sofia. Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez and edited by Viet Le.