Clostridium Difficile News
'Super Bug' Linked to Antibiotic Use Kills Nearly 15,000 Annually
A stubborn, hard-to-treat “super bug” causes more than 450,000 infections a year and is directly responsible for nearly 15,000 deaths in the United States, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed today. Clostridium difficile , or C. Diff, is a bacterial infection that
Fecal Transplant Linked to Woman's Weight Gain
A woman became obese after a fecal transplant -- hinting at the complexity of how obesity works in the body, experts say. The unnamed woman weighed 136 pounds -- but gained 34 pounds over the next 16 months -- going from a healthy body mass index to an obese one, according to a case study published
The Dirty Little Secret That May Lead to New Antibiotics
There’s a growing list of superbugs that antibiotics are barely keeping up with — MRSA, C.difficile and tuberculosis — and some are even untreatable but a recent study has revealed that scientists may have have found new antibiotics to potentially save thousands of lives, in...
Lice Land on Growing List of Superbugs
As bacteria and other pests evolve to evade medications, infections that were once easily cured with a few pills or creams can become chronic or even deadly. According to Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization, "Things as common as strep throat or a child's scratched
Gonorrhea Tops List of Scary Superbugs
Gonorrhea , a sexually transmitted disease once quickly cured by a bout of penicillin, is becoming increasingly resistant to typical treatments. But a new study suggests that prudent use of antibiotics could help keep super-gonorrhea at bay. "It gives us a glimmer of hope," Dr. William Schaffner,
CRE Tops List of Scary Superbugs
A new superbug is on the rise in U.S. hospitals , according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The family of germs, dubbed CRE for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, evades some the strongest antibiotics, making infections almost untreatable. "Right now, these infections
Beagle Sniffs Out Bacterial Infection
Reported by Dr. Amish Patel: A 2-year-old beagle in the Netherlands has been trained to sniff out Clostridium difficile, a skill that could help doctors catch the deadly infection days before laboratory tests. Clostridium difficile infections often occur in people who are already taking ...
Surgeons Report Progress Against Dangerous Hospital Infection
Reported by Tiffany Chao, M.D. Surgeons have found a new treatment that may help put a stubborn hospital-acquired infection on the run. Hospitalized patients are at risk for developing healthcare-related infections, and one of the most dreaded is Clostridium difficile colitis, a virulent bacteria
Flushing Can Spread Diarrhea Disease
Flushing the toilet with the lid up can spray diarrhea-causing bacteria into the air, according to a new study of hospital toilets. Researchers from Leeds Teaching Hospitals in the U.K. detected C. difficile — a germ that can cause diarrhea and even life-threatening inflammation of the...
Diarrhea, Debilitating Digestive Ills Relieved With DIY Fecal Transplants
Demonstrating that even in medicine, "one man's trash is another man's treasure," patients with debilitating diarrhea are finding relief, if not cures, after receiving bacteria-rich stool from the guts of healthy donors, usually close relatives. Despite the gross-out factor, fecal transplants are