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C. diff

As study after study links the composition of our gut microbiome to our health, mind, and more, hospitals and the CDC have discovered something concerning: C. diff is becoming increasingly common. Related to tetanus and botulism, C. diff is harder to prevent and treat (although sanitation helps). Traditionally, it’s thought of as an infection required […]

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Home Acquired Infections

September 1, 2016

Hospital acquired infections regularly make the news, but what about “home acquired infections”? Past research has shown that different tricks work to help prevent different diseases: -Running a humidifier can help prevent flu transmission -Keep a distance from anyone with the flu, some strains spread only with close transmission (to animals than human to human). […]

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If you’re following along with us, you’ve probably noticed that there are regular studies coming out tying good bacteria to every aspect of our health. How much we weigh (regardless of what we eat), what kind of mood we’re in, even whether we’re inclined to go out and exercise. There seems to be no limit […]

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Since at least the year 2000, C. difficile has been a growing problem—increasing its resistance to antibiotics and spreading not just around the US but the world. Now we are fighting it on multiple fronts. A heavy hand is being used to encourage hospitals to reduce C. diff infections under their roofs—those who haven’t made […]

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Severe diarrhea in children can be fatal, and that’s what happens when they get a difficult to cure C. difficile infection. Adults usually get C. difficile from hospital stays, but kids (1-17) are getting them from their antibiotic prescriptions. Kids are one of the groups who are overprescribed antibiotics—parents are more likely to take a […]

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