clostridium difficile

Antibiotics: Are They Helping or Hurting

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found a link between increased antibiotic use and clostridium difficile, a diarrhea causing bacteria. According to the researchers, antibiotics wipe out the good bacteria that fight against infections and, as a result, cause a rise in c. difficile infections. Data collected from the 13.7 million hospitalized children concluded that …

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Probiotics in the News

I receive daily emails from a number of sources about new developments in medicine, particularly in the areas of gastroenterology and probiotics. There are two interesting articles I would like to briefly discuss this month: Benefits of Lactobacillus probiotic bacteria against gas-producing E. Coli found in colicky infants(1) Probiotics for prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and …

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Side Effects of Heartburn Drugs

According to Heath.com, too many people are taking heartburn drugs. These drugs, while beneficial for certain ailments, may have more negative consequences that outweigh the benefits. Two of the new studies found that proton pump inhibitors are associated with an increased risk of infection from the bacterium Clostridium difficile, a hard-to-treat intestinal infection that can …

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C Difficile on the Rise Again

In the past, I’ve written about the potential complications of the infection, Clostridium Difficile. Typically, the incidence of C. Diff. Minus Colitis is within hospitals amongst patients. The intensity and severity of cases outside the hospital seems to be increasing, however: “Recent reports have shown increasing incidence and severity of infection, especially in the older population,” …

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