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One of the primary goals in understanding how the bacterium used its toxin to cause disease focused on the nature of bacterial growth in the body. After all, not everyone who was exposed ended up with illness. The first major discoveries revealed the toxin was not produced all the time.
SURREY, B.C. - Surrey Memorial Hospital is grappling with its highest-ever volumes of emergency patients and an outbreak of the potentially deadly C.difficile, according to an internal bulletin.The bu...
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The recent news of yet another American case of Ebola in Dallas is without a doubt concerning. To stop Ebola, whether in a Dallas hospital or the affected countries in West Africa, what is needed is not only compliance, but also commitment.
While the goodness of chocolate may appear to be solely based on cacao, recent research has revealed another player -- actually trillions of them -- in the contribution to better health. The collection of bacteria in the gut, known as the microbiota, plays a distinct role in ensuring the chocolate you eat will leave you happy and healthy.
The date was 2004, and the setting a hospital in Quebec. When BI/NAP1/027 struck, the world was taken aback by an incredible ferocity that infected over 1,700 people and left hundreds dead. But this was only the beginning as TCD and BI/NAP1/027 have since spread worldwide. But what can be done to stop this rogue germ agent?
Forget the enema bag and the tube that snakes down the throat to the intestines. The future of treatment for persistent C. difficile infections may come in pill form.A Calgary doctor who has been trea...
Hold your nose and don't spit out your coffee: Doctors have found a way to put healthy people's poop into pills that can cure serious gut infections — a less yucky way to do "fecal transplants." Canad...
Fecal therapy is here to stay. With the number of options to treat acute and chronic gastrointestinal disorders shrinking, a means to not only treat but also cure cannot be disregarded. People may never get used to the smell of fecal microbiota therapy, but I know they'll definitely get used to the benefits. Let's rePOOPulate.
TORONTO - On any given day, about one in 12 adults in hospitals across Canada are either colonized or infected with a superbug, the first national survey to determine the prevalence of antibiotic-resi...
Beloved Canadian singer Rita MacNeil did not die from a hospital-acquired infection, the Cape Breton District Health Authority said in response to a now-corrected article published in the Globe and Ma...
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It's been known for some time that germs can be found in the atmosphere and they have made clouds a happy home. But more important than how they survive is the question of which germs are surviving and whether they pose a threat to our health.
TORONTO - Fecal transplants cure most cases of persistent C. difficile infection, a landmark study has shown.That comes as no surprise to the increasing numbers of people who have turned to this unort...
SALTSPRING ISLAND, B.C. - An outbreak of the deadly bacteria C. difficile at a Saltspring Island care centre has put the Vancouver Island Health Authority on alert.The agency says four cases have been...
TORONTO - Doctors struggling to cure patients with C. difficile diarrhea have a new weapon in their armoury.A new antibiotic specifically developed to treat C. difficile infections has been approved f...