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C. Diff Provides Insight Into Antibiotic Resistance and Infection Risks
Exposure to specific antibiotics is linked to the development of certain strains of antibiotic-resistant C. difficile, one of the fastest growing bacteria superbugs, according to a new study published by Stuart Johnson, MD, of Loyola University Health System (LUHS), Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) and the Hines VA Medical Hospital.
C. diff has been associated with multiple healthcare facility outbreaks and high national rates of C. difficile infection (CDI) since 2001 and now rivals Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in both frequency and severity.
Several infectious diseases, including MRSA and C. diff, have become resistant to antibiotics. As… Continue reading
Antimicrobial Resistance: The Biggest Scare of All
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its “landmark” report in September 2013 on the rising and lethal threat of antibiotic resistance, titled Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013.
The report describes a complex problem and the steps that must be taken to prevent catastrophic consequences.
In it, experts describe “what happens when the microbes can outsmart our best antibiotics,” explained CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, at a press conference. He elaborated by describing his hope that the report will prioritize pathogens and propel action to curb antibiotic resistance.… Continue reading