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  • When Feces Is the Best Medicine

    09/04/2014 7:28:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 09/04/2014 | AMANDA SCHAFFER
    Mark Smith was a microbiology graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when, in 2011, a family friend became infected with the notorious superbug clostridium difficile. C. diff can cause severe diarrhea, disability, and malnutrition and is responsible for roughly 14,000 deaths in the United States each year. In 2012, after taking seven rounds of the antibiotic vancomycin and failing to improve, Smith’s friend received a DIY fecal transplant from his roommate—in their apartment, using an over-the-counter enema kit. The friend recovered within days, but “the whole thing was absurd, not at all how it should be done,” Smith...
  • Scientists Show How Antibiotics Enable Pathogenic Gut Infections

    09/01/2013 2:06:31 PM PDT · by Dysart · 45 replies
    A number of intestinal pathogens can cause problems after antibiotic administration, said Justin Sonnenburg, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology and the senior author of the study, to be published online Sept. 1 in Nature. Graduate students Katharine Ng and Jessica Ferreyra shared lead authorship. "Antibiotics open the door for these pathogens to take hold. But how, exactly, that occurs hasn't been well understood," Sonnenburg said. In the first 24 hours after administration of oral antibiotics, a spike in carbohydrate availability takes place in the gut, the study says. This transient nutrient surplus, combined with the reduction of friendly...
  • Antidepressant medication linked with increased risk of superbug infection

    05/09/2013 1:30:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 07, 2013 | NA
    Certain types of antidepressants may put people at an increased risk for developing a deadly superbug infection, a new study suggested. Researchers from the University of Michigan revealed that individuals who suffer from depression and those taking antidepressants such as mirtazapine and fluoxetine had a much higher chance of contracting Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) – a life threatening infection that can cause severe diarrhea and inflammation of the colon. One of the most common infections acquired by patients at hospitals, C. difficile has been occurring with more and more frequency, resulting in the deaths of 14,000 individuals in the United...
  • Using Gut Bacteria to Fight Diarrhea

    10/26/2012 8:19:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 25 October 2012 | Elizabeth Pennisi
    Enlarge Image Microbial menace. A cocktail of gut bacteria may one day be used to treat the chronic diarrhea caused by this bacterium. Credit: David Goulding Genome Research Limited A tonic of gut microbes may be the secret recipe for treating a common hospital scourge. Researchers have pinpointed the exact mix of microbes required to cure mice of a chronic infection by a hard-to-treat bacterium that causes bloating, pain, and diarrhea in people. A similar bacterial cocktail may one day be able to replace a controversial treatment involving the intake of fecal matter to restore the right balance of...
  • C.difficile patients now reach 17 ( Socialized Medicine )

    05/30/2009 10:56:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 705+ views
    BBC ^ | 14 May 2009
    A total of 17 people have been infected with Clostridium difficile at a hospital in Moray. NHS ...revealed on Wednesday that two elderly people with the C.diff infection had died. Two wards have been closed to new admissions but health officials said the patients were giving no cause for concern. The health board said the deaths happened in April and that both the patients had been frail.
  • Protecting Yourself From Nasty Superbugs: Suggestions From Mayo Clinic

    06/23/2008 5:56:07 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 109+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 6-23-2008 | Mayo Clinic, via Newswise.
    Protecting Yourself From Nasty Superbugs: Suggestions From Mayo Clinic ScienceDaily (June 23, 2008) — Superbugs -- bacteria that are resistant to many commonly used antibiotics -- can seem scary. Antibiotic resistance means illnesses last longer, and the risk of complications and death increases. Many factors have contributed to the emergence of superbugs, including overuse and misuse of antibiotics. One superbug, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), has been a problem in health care settings for years. In this environment, the bacteria is spread from one patient to another via the hands of care providers or by contaminated equipment. Increasingly, MRSA is appearing...
  • Hospital Superbugs Now In Nursing Homes And Community

    11/28/2007 3:09:21 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 64+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 11-28-2007 | Society for General Microbiology
    Hospital Superbugs Now In Nursing Homes And Community ScienceDaily (Nov. 28, 2007) — Hospital superbugs that can break down antibiotics are so widespread throughout Europe that doctors increasingly have to use the few remaining drugs that they reserve for emergencies. Now these hospital superbug strains have spread to nursing homes and into the community in Ireland, raising fears of wider antibiotic resistance, scientists heard 28 November 2007at the Federation of Infection Societies Conference 2007. Doctors collected 732 samples from 22 Irish hospitals over the last ten years and found that 61% of them, 448 samples, tested positive for bacteria that...
  • Superbug kills war hero who survived three years as a PoW (C. Diff ; U.K.)

    08/31/2007 10:01:23 PM PDT · by Stoat · 16 replies · 689+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 1, 2007
    Superbug kills war hero who survived three years as a PoWLast updated at 00:42am on 1st September 2007  The family of a distinguished war veteran have criticised the hospital where he was infected by a killer bug. Major Sam Weller - who survived three years as a prisoner of war - died after catching Clostridium Difficile following an operation on his hip. His relatives said he had been let down by the country he fought for. Major Weller, 88, had surgery at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital but he developed an infection and was given a course of antibiotics. Weeks later...
  • Second Superbug Outbreak Kills Thirteen (C-Diff - UK)

    04/05/2007 2:09:56 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 323+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-5-2007 | Martin Beckford
    Second superbug outbreak kills thirteen By Martin Beckford Last Updated: 11:38am BST 05/04/2007 Thirteen patients suffering from the superbug Clostridium difficile have died at another Norfolk hospital. It was revealed last week that an outbreak of the bug has killed 17 people at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, near Great Yarmouth, since December. Now the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in King’s Lynn, just 65 miles away, has said that 13 of its patients who had C.difficile have died since the start of the year. The bug, which causes severe diarrhoea, was directly responsible for eight of the deaths and...
  • Superbug Death Was 'Diabolical' (C-diff)

    03/31/2007 4:54:18 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 969+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-31-2007 | Laura Donnelly - jasper Copping
    Superbug death was 'diabolical' By Laura Donnelly and Jasper Copping, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 11:25pm BST 31/03/2007 The widow of a man who fell victim to a superbug that has claimed 17 lives at a Norfolk hospital yesterday described his death as "diabolical". Great-grandfather Leslie Burton-Pye, 74, was infected with Clostridium difficile in January while visiting the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston for a blood transfusion. He fell ill soon after and was admitted to the hospital where he stayed until released in mid-March. He was re-admitted last Sunday and died the next day. Yesterday, his widow, Mavis, 67, said:...
  • Sharp Rise In Superbug Death Toll (MRSA/C-Diff - UK)

    02/22/2007 11:14:40 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 529+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-22-2007 | Matthew Moore
    rp rise in suberbug death toll By Matthew Moore and PA Last Updated: 3:04pm GMT 22/02/2007 More patients are dying of conditions linked to the hospital superbugs MRSA and Clostridium difficile (C-diff), it was revealed today. Between 2004 and 2005, mention of MRSA on death certificates rose by 39 per cent while mention of C-diff rose 69 per cent, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The Conservatives today described the rise as "staggering", and said the Government had failed to put in place an effective strategy for combatting the bugs. "Labour's savage bed cuts over the...
  • Hospitals Told To Isolate Patients With Superbug (UK)

    11/18/2006 7:36:43 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 657+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-19-2006 | Beezy Marsh
    Hospitals told to isolate patients with superbug By Beezy Marsh, Health Correspondent, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 12:27am GMT 19/11/2006 Hospitals have been ordered to create MRSA isolation wards where necessary to treat patients infected with the superbug. Under controversial Government plans, all elderly people admitted from nursing homes will be screened for MRSA and forced to use antibacterial shampoo, shower gels and creams as a precaution. Millions more patients scheduled for operations such as hip replacements and heart and brain surgery will also be checked for infection. According to the Department of Health guidance, those found to be infected should...
  • 3 Valley residents fall to new bacteria strain [Patients on anti-biotics MOST at risk]

    08/09/2006 10:27:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies · 240+ views
    http://www.avpress.com/n/09/0809_s7.hts ^ | Wednesday, August 9, 2006.
    It begins as microscopic bacteria that invades the intestine with the potential to kill in extreme cases, or cause severe bouts of diarrhea in other instances. Probably a hundred cases have occurred in the past year in the Antelope Valley, though most of those stricken with Clostridium difficile survived, according to Dr. Michael Cohen, an infectious diseases specialist in Lancaster who tends to patients at Antelope Valley and Lancaster Community hospitals. "We've had cases at both hospitals," Cohen said. "Cases have been documented nationwide. At least three patients in Antelope Valley died." Deaths usually result from one of two conditions:...
  • Deadly Intestinal Bacteria on the Rise

    02/01/2006 8:53:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 983+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/1/06 | Bonnie Pfister - ap
    TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey is among the states seeing an increase in deaths from an intestinal bacterial infection that most often strikes older hospital patients who have taken antibiotics. National occurrences are up as well because, officials say, an overuse of antibiotics for other ailments is killing off the "good" bacteria that used to control the growth of Clostridium difficile bacterium. In the Garden State, the number of deaths attributed to the infection has doubled since 1997. State hospital discharge data reviewed by The Record of Bergen County found the infection has sickened 10,000 New Jerseyans a year, killing...
  • Heart-burn cure may be worse than cause

    12/21/2005 12:46:31 AM PST · by neverdem · 103 replies · 2,910+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | December 20, 2005 | Lindsey Tanner
    Associated Press CHICAGO — Holiday revelers beware: Seasonal indulgences such as eggnog and fruitcake might give you heartburn, but the acid-fighting medicine you take for relief might lead to something worse, researchers say. People on popular prescription drugs for treating acid reflux — Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium — seem more prone to getting a potentially dangerous diarrhea caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile, new research shows. C-diff, as it's known, can cause severe diarrhea and crampy intestinal inflammation called colitis. Dr. Sandra Dial and colleagues at McGill University in Montreal examined data on more than 18,000 patients in the United...
  • CDC: Deadly bacterial illness may be spreading

    12/01/2005 7:45:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies · 1,701+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 1, 2005 | MIKE STOBBE
    Associated Press ATLANTA -- A deadly bacterial illness commonly seen in people on antibiotics appears to be growing more common — even in patients not taking such drugs, federal health officials warned today. The bacteria are Clostridium difficile, also known as C-diff. The germ is becoming a regular menace in hospitals and nursing homes, and last year it was blamed for 100 deaths over 18 months at a hospital in Quebec, Canada. Recent cases in four states show it is appearing more often in healthy people who have not been admitted to health-care facilities or even taken antibiotics, according to...
  • CDC report: Deadly bacterial illness appears to be spreading

    12/01/2005 10:50:32 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 17 replies · 1,224+ views
    Times Leader/AP ^ | 12/1/05 | MIKE STOBBE
    ATLANTA - A deadly bacterial illness commonly seen in people on antibiotics appears to be growing more common - even in patients not taking such drugs, federal health officials warned Thursday. The bacteria are Clostridium difficile, also known as C-diff. The germ is becoming a regular menace in hospitals and nursing homes, and last year it was blamed for 100 deaths over 18 months at a hospital in Quebec, Canada. Recent cases in four states show it is appearing more often in healthy people who have not been admitted to health-care facilities or even taken antibiotics, according to Centers for...