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    Gut Superbug Causing More Illnesses, Deaths

    By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer - Wed May 28, 4:03 PM PDT
    Provided by: Associated Press

    ATLANTA - The number of people hospitalized with a dangerous intestinal superbug has been growing by more than 10,000 cases a year, according to a new study.

    The germ, resistant to some antibiotics, has become a regular menace in hospitals and nursing homes. The study found it played a role in nearly 300,000 hospitalizations in 2005, more than double the number in 2000.

    The infection, Clostridium difficile, is found in the colon and can cause diarrhea and a more serious intestinal condition known as colitis. It is spread by spores in feces. But the spores are difficult to kill with most conventional household cleaners or antibacterial soap.

    C-diff, as it's known, has grown resistant to certain antibiotics that work against other colon bacteria. The result: When patients take those antibiotics, competing bacteria die off and C-diff explodes.

    This virulent strain of C-diff was rarely seen before 2000.

    "The nature of this infection is changing. It's more severe," said Dr. L. Clifford McDonald, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expert who was not part of the study.

    There are other factors that play into the rise of C-diff cases as well, including a larger of number of patients who are older and sicker. "And there may be some overuse and inappropriate use of antibiotics," said Dr. Marya Zilberberg, a University of Massachusetts researcher and lead author of the study.

    The Zilberberg study was based on a sample of more than 36 million annual discharges from non-governmental U.S. hospitals. That data was used to generate the study's national estimates.

    The research is being published in the June issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases, a CDC publication.

    Using other scientists' estimates, the study concluded that 2.3 percent of the cases in 2004 were fatal — about 5,500 deaths. That was nearly double the percentage of C-diff-related cases that ended in death in 2000.

    Many of the people who died had other health problems. The study did not try to determine if Clostridium difficile was the main cause of death in each case, Zilberberg said.

    But earlier research concluded the infection is the underlying cause of thousands of deaths annually, and the problem is getting worse.

    C-diff has become an acute health concern in Canada, where it was blamed for 260 deaths at seven Ontario hospitals recently, and 2,000 deaths in Quebec since 2002.

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology is currently working with U.S. hospitals to study prevalence of the infection and what infection control measures seem to work best.

    "This is not a time for alarm, but more a time for educating health professionals to understand this particular pathogen," said Kathy Warye, chief executive of the Washington, D.C.-based association.

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    The CDC publication: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/index.htm
    Gotta believe that that this kind of stuff is only going to get worse with the increasing use of antibiotics, the growth in population, and the increasing numbers of the elderly.

    Moon

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    And the use of anti-bacterial soap/cleaner...
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    • #3
      Originally posted by sportschick View Post
      And the use of anti-bacterial soap/cleaner...
      Yeah .. that's got to stop ..
      Damn these electric sex pants!

      26+31+34+42+44+46+64+67+82+06 = 10

      Bring back the death penalty for corporations!

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      • #4
        Well poop.
        Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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        • #5
          How can people not believe in evolution/natural selection when this is a perfect example of it?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Miami Card Fan View Post
            How can people not believe in evolution/natural selection when this is a perfect example of it?
            so because of this bug, you think we descended from monkeys and knuckledraggers? /hehe
            Sometimes elections have positive consequences!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Moon Man View Post
              Gotta believe that that this kind of stuff is only going to get worse with the increasing use of antibiotics, the growth in population, and the increasing numbers of the elderly.

              Moon
              And lead paint or electrical wires.

              j/k

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              • #8
                Originally posted by hansolo View Post
                And lead paint or electrical wires.

                j/k
                You better link that shit or Moon will turn quite uncivil.

                Quite.
                From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.

                For more than 20 years I have endeavored-indeed, I have struggled-along with a majority of this Court, to develop procedural & substantive rules that would lend more than the mere appearance of fairness to the death penalty endeavor.


                I feel morally and intellectually obligated simply to concede that the death penalty experiment has failed.

                The path the Court has chosen lessens us all. I dissent.

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                • #9
                  Here comes Captain Tripps. Better start stockpiling some gas so I can get to Boulder.
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                  • #10
                    The infection, Clostridium difficile, is found in the colon and can cause diarrhea and a more serious intestinal condition known as colitis.
                    I've had it, along with some other sort of staph, over 20 years ago. Nearly died.

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