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Studies of C. difficile burden in acute vs. long-term care facilities contradictory

June 23, 2017

Two studies on Clostridium difficile differ greatly on whether acute-care facilities or long-term care facilities have higher rates of the infection. Researchers in both studies, however, stressed a critical need to take steps to control its spread.

The researchers in one study, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, found that acute-care facilities had nearly five times the number of cases of C. difficile infection (CDI) as their long–term counterparts. Long-term facilities also import far more cases from acute-care facilities than the other way around, they said.

Five French patients infected with hepatitis E strain found in rabbits

June 22, 2017
In a rare finding, researchers in France discovered five cases of human infection with a hepatitis E virus strain found in rabbits. The researchers said they could not…

No science needed to blame vaccines for illness, EU court rules

June 22, 2017
The European Union Court of Justice has ruled that illnesses can be attributed to vaccines during litigation without scientific proof. The judges decided that factors
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Celiac disease linked to early life infections

June 21, 2017
The risk for developing celiac disease was increased in children who had a gastrointestinal or respiratory infection during their first year of life, especially among…
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Studies of C. difficile burden in acute vs. long-term care facilities contradictory

June 23, 2017
Two studies on Clostridium difficile differ greatly on whether acute-care facilities or long-term care facilities have higher rates of the…

Five French patients infected with hepatitis E strain found in rabbits

June 22, 2017
In a rare finding, researchers in France discovered five cases of human infection with a hepatitis E virus strain found in rabbits. The researchers…

No science needed to blame vaccines for illness, EU court rules

June 22, 2017
The European Union Court of Justice has ruled that illnesses can be attributed to vaccines during litigation without scientific proof. The

In the Journals

Celiac disease linked to early life infections

June 21, 2017
The risk for developing celiac disease was increased in children who had a gastrointestinal or respiratory infection during their first year of life…

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Adherence to H. pylori guidelines low among gastroenterologists, survey shows

June 20, 2017
An online survey developed by University of Arizona researchers showed that few gastroenterologists in the U.S. consistently adhere to the 2007 ACG…

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Antibiotic Stewardship Key, but Multifaceted Strategies Needed to Combat C. difficile Epidemic

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Clostridium difficile infection is the most common cause of hospital-acquired diarrhea in the world, affecting North America and Europe for decades…

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Poor community sanitation increases risk for stunted growth, diarrhea among children

June 16, 2017
Community-level sanitation was associated with improved health outcomes among children, including lower odds of stunted growth, anemia and diarrhea…

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Microbiome ‘fingerprint’ shows donor microbes persist in fecal transplant recipients

June 16, 2017
Specific microbial strains from donors colonized and persisted for up to 2 years in patients who received fecal microbiota transplantation for…

Bekinda shows efficacy in acute gastroenteritis, gastritis

June 15, 2017
Bekinda was safe, well tolerated, and efficacious for treating acute gastroenteritis and gastritis in the phase 3 GUARD study, the manufacturer…

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Study findings challenge recommendations for defining recurrent CDI, reinfection

June 15, 2017
Researchers have suggested that extending the currently recommended 8-week cutoff period that distinguishes recurrent Clostridium difficile

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