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“Handshake Stewardship” Program Sees Drop in Antibiotic Use and <em>C. diff</em> Rates
Doctors at the Children’s Hospital Colorado have published their research on a new approach to antibiotic stewardship, with promising reductions in antibiotic use and rates of Clostridium difficile.
New Study Shows High <em>C. difficile</em> Rates in Many US Hospitals
Consumer Reports recently evaluated more than 3,100 hospitals in the United States and found that about a third of them received a low rating for controlling infections from Clostridium difficile. 
 
Consuming High Levels of Zinc Could Make You Susceptible to <i>C. Difficile</i>
According to newly published research, high levels of zinc changes microbiota in the gut decreasing resistance to infections from Clostridium difficile.
Doctors Discover New Treatment for “Superbug” <em>C. difficile</em>
As so-called “superbug” bacteria continue to develop new ways of resisting antibiotics, scientists are on the search for new and alternative treatments. Promising news from a recent study is now showing that we may be able to battle the most virulent strains of the Clostridium difficile bacteria with a class of drugs already on the market.
Rutgers & Columbia Researchers Discover New Strain of Multi-drug Resistant <em>E. coli</em>
A team of scientists from Rutgers University and Columbia University recently discovered a new strain of Escherichia coli (E. coli) believed to be the first in the United States with resistance to two kinds of antibiotics considered to be last resort weapons to prevent dangerous infections.
Mycophenolic Acid Treatment May Be Useful to Treat Rotavirus Infection in Transplant Patients
Based on 2D and 3D in vitro models, treatment with mycophenolic acid confers very high levels of drug resistant rotavirus viral replication suppression and may therefore be a useful immunosuppressive agent for preventing rotavirus infection in transplantation patients.
New Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Outbreaks at New Jersey and Florida Schools
With schools and colleges back in session, so too are contagious illnesses such as hand, foot, and mouth disease, which has recently broken out in two New Jersey high schools and a Florida university.
<em>E. coli</em> with Antibiotic-resistant <em>mcr-1</em> Gene Found in Connecticut Child
The CDC recently announced that their investigators have identified a strain of Escherichia coli with the colistin-resistance gene mcr-1 in a Connecticut child, in what is now the fourth patient in the United States to test positive for an isolate with mcr-1.
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