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The Contagion® Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) specialty page provides HAI-specific clinical news and articles, coverage from conferences and meetings, links to condition-specific resources, and videos and other content.


Up-and-Coming Prevention Methods for <em>Clostridium difficile</em>
Robin Jump, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the Case Western Reserve University sat down with Contagion™ to discuss up-and-coming prevention methods for C. diff in the hospital setting.
Vancomycin May Be More Effective for Treating Severe <em>C. diff</em> Infections
In a new study, researchers found that patients with severe Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections who were treated with vancomycin had lower mortality rates than patients who were treated with metronidazole.
Reducing Antibiotics Cuts <i>C. difficile</i> rates
A new study from the United Kingdom highlights the importance of antibiotic restriction in the reduction of hospital-acquired C. difficile infections.
Pfizer's <i>C. difficile</i> Vaccine Succeeds in Phase II Study
Researchers found the experimental vaccine could potentially inhibit severe diarrhea and pseudomembranous colitis by inducing a functional antibody response that can neutralize the two main disease-causing toxins (toxin A or B) produced by C. difficile.
Heartburn Medications Dealt Another Blow by New Study
A new study has provided more evidence to show that certain heartburn medications may make individuals more susceptible to gastrointestinal infections.
A Deeper Look at the Efficacy of Off-Label <em>C. difficile</em> Treatments
A new study takes a look at the efficacy of off-label treatments for Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection.
Hospitals Face Medicare Funding Reductions Due to High Infection Rates
Under a program established through the Affordable Care Act, 769 US hospitals will receive Medicare reimbursement reductions due to the high rates of hospital-acquired infections.
Exploring CDC's New Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Program
In mid-November, the CDC released the “Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship.”
The new test can differentiate between Lyme disease and 7 other tick-borne diseases.