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C-Dif/ Extreme Diarrhea – News

Stop the Spread of Viruses and Germs at Home

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article and video are updated from an earlier version that appeared on HelpingYouCare® October 9, 2011. They contain important health and prevention reminders which are particularly relevant as we currently face a widespread flu epidemic in . . . → Read More: Stop the Spread of Viruses and Germs at Home

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New Digestive Disorders White Paper Issued by Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins Medicine has issued a new research White Paper, The 2012 Johns Hopkins Digestive Disorders White Paper, written by H. Franklin Herlong, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine and Director, Clinical Hepatology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. . . . → Read More: New Digestive Disorders White Paper Issued by Johns Hopkins

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Potential for New Treatment of C-Diff Based on Body's Own Defense Mechanism

In a new study released on Sunday, August 21, 2011, Scientists from the University of Texas, Case Western Reserve, and Tufts said they may have discovered a natural defense mechanism in cells that fights off the invasion of C. . . . → Read More: Potential for New Treatment of C-Diff Based on Body’s Own Defense Mechanism

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Proper Hand Washing May Prevent 80% of All Infections

Watch this Video by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and learn how to wash your hands properly. Scientists estimate that up to 80% of all infections are spread by hand contact, and could be avoided . . . → Read More: Proper Hand Washing May Prevent 80% of All Infections

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Private Hospital ICU Rooms Found to Reduce Infection Rate Significantly

Patients in Hospital Intensive Care Units (ICU) often acquire infections, imposing a heavy human and financial burden. A new study published January 10, 2011 in the Archives of Internal Medicine found and documented that private rooms in hospital intensive . . . → Read More: Private Hospital ICU Rooms Found to Reduce Infection Rate Significantly

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Clostridium Difficile Infections: MedlinePlus

Good overview and links to additional information on Clostridium Difficile Infections from MedlinePlus, the website of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Contains information on: * Overviews * Diagnosis/ Symptoms * Alternative Therapy * Specific . . . → Read More: Clostridium Difficile Infections: MedlinePlus

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Clostridum Difficile General Information – From the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s website contains good general and introductory information on C-Dif, in the form of Frequently Asked Questions. This is a good place to start in learning more about this increasingly deadly superbug. . . . → Read More: Clostridum Difficile General Information – From the CDC

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Cleveland Clinic revises statement, now says it is considering joining C. diff project

The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland announced that it will participate in a federally supported project to battle infections from the intestinal superbug called C. diff, having earlier declined to do so. This reflects a growing concern nationwide over an . . . → Read More: Cleveland Clinic revises statement, now says it is considering joining C. diff project

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C. difficile – MayoClinic.com

Comprehensive introduction to C-Diff from the Mayo Clinic. Includes links to discussion on * Definition * Symptoms * Causes * Risk Factors * Complications * Tests and Diagnosis * Treatment and druge * Lifestyle and home remedies * Prevention . . . → Read More: C. difficile – MayoClinic.com

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Information on CDif infection

steadyhealth.com. A blog containing reports from many caregivers and patients regarding their actual, difficult experiences with C-Dif infection, their symptoms, their medical questions, and what they have learned. >>View Info

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Colitis due to Clostridium difficile toxins: underdiagnosed, highly virulent, and nosocomial

by John S. Fordtran, MD, Division of gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Baylor University Medical Center. A scientific study of the occurrence and causes of the C-Dif epidemic that is spreading through hospitals. Includes common sense advice for health . . . → Read More: Colitis due to Clostridium difficile toxins: underdiagnosed, highly virulent, and nosocomial

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Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings 2007

by the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee, Centers For Disease Control & Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Caregivers should be aware of these official U.S. guidelines for hospitals and health care institutions, requiring that patients . . . → Read More: Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings 2007

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An Introduction to Probiotics

by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NIH, the natural remedy receiving increasing focus as an treatment and preventive for C-Dif and related intestinal problems. >>View Info

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The Role of Probiotic Cultures in the Control of Gastrointestinal Health

Rial D. Rolfe, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Journal of Nutrition , 130 (2) 396. Scientific studies have demonstrated that the probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii [sold under the brand name, Florastor] significantly inhibited the . . . → Read More: The Role of Probiotic Cultures in the Control of Gastrointestinal Health

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Find Clostridium Difficile Infections Services

State by State U.S. map with links to local medical services and hospitals that treat the C-Dif infection. Provided by MedlinePlus, a Service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, a component of the U.S. . . . → Read More: Find Clostridium Difficile Infections Services

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Clostridium difficile-associated disease: New challenges from an established pathogen

by L. Clifford McDonald MD and Rebecca H. Sunenshine, MD, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Contains good discussion of prevention of C-Dif. >>View Info

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A lowfat yogurt that helps naturally regulate the digestive system, ACTIVIA® by Dannon®

Clinically proven to help regulate the digestive system when eaten daily for two weeks. May help prevent diarrhea and possibly C-Dif, by building up the natural bacteria that reside in the digestive track, which naturally fight against the C-Dif . . . → Read More: A lowfat yogurt that helps naturally regulate the digestive system, ACTIVIA® by Dannon®

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Product Information for Florastor®, Saccharomyces boulardii lyo

Probiotic shown by scientific studies to have a beneficial effect on intestinal health and maintaining normal bowel function. The capsule dissolves in the stomach and releases the saccaromyces boulardii lyo yeast cells within 30 minutes of ingestion. The cells . . . → Read More: Product Information for Florastor®, Saccharomyces boulardii lyo

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Clostridium difficile toxin

Also known as: C. difficile, C. diff; Formal name: Clostridium difficile toxin; Related tests: Stool Culture. From LabTestsOnline.org, a description of the laboratory tests and method of diagnosis of C-Dif, including At a Glance introduction, description of the test . . . → Read More: Clostridium difficile toxin

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The Sensitive Gut: Diarrhea

AARP. A discussion of the symptoms, diagnosis, causes, and treatments of diarrhea, in general, and the role that antibiotics can play in causing it. >>View Info

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Colitis due to Clostridium difficile toxins: underdiagnosed, highly

Fordtran, MD, Division of gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Baylor University Medical Center. Scientific discussion of causes of C-Dif infection and spread, and its symptoms and diagnosis, with common sense suggestions for health care providers and caregivers for prevention. . . . → Read More: Colitis due to Clostridium difficile toxins: underdiagnosed, highly

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Clostridium difficile-associated disease: New challenges from an established pathogen

by L. Clifford McDonald MD and Rebecca H. Sunenshine, MD, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Contains a good discussion of diagnosis and treatment of this challenging infection. >>View Info

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Clostridium difficile: Changing Diagnosis, Epidemiology, and Treatment

Work book for a Continuing Medical Education Seminar for medical professionals, given by three of the nationally known experts on C-Dif: Dale N. Gerding, MD, FIDSA, L. Clifford Mcdonald, MD, FACP, FSHEA, And Stuart Johnson, MD, DTM&H, May 19, . . . → Read More: Clostridium difficile: Changing Diagnosis, Epidemiology, and Treatment

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Clostridium difficile-associated disease: New challenges from an established pathogen

by L. Clifford McDonald MD, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Rebecca H. Sunenshine, Md, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cleveland Clinic Journal Of Medicine . . . → Read More: Clostridium difficile-associated disease: New challenges from an established pathogen

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Antibiotics Research Subsidies Weighed by U.S.

Antibiotics Research Subsidies Weighed by U.S.,  The New York Times, Published: November 5, 2010 Concerned about an impending public health crisis, government officials are considering offering financial incentives to the pharmaceutical industry, such as tax breaks and patent extensions, . . . → Read More: Antibiotics Research Subsidies Weighed by U.S.

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C-Dif is on the Rise in Hospital Patients

Potentially Deadly Infection Doubles Among Hospital Patients Over Last 5 Years, Agency for Healthcare Research and Qualify, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, April 23, 2008. The Number of hospital patients diagnosed with C-Dif infection has increased 200% . . . → Read More: C-Dif is on the Rise in Hospital Patients

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C-Dif: General Information Discussed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC

General Information about Clostridium difficile (“C-Dif”) Infections, by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. General information about this serious health-care associated bacterium (known to be contracted and spread at a fast increasing . . . → Read More: C-Dif: General Information Discussed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC

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General information about Clostridium Difficile

C-Difficile Colitis Support Group, by Clostridium Difficile Foundation. General information about Clostridium Difficile. »View Info

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C-Dif: Good Clear Basic Information

Clostridium Difficile Colitis, , by cdiffsupport.com. Good, clear basic information about: What is Clostridium Difficile, how is it spread, diagnosed, and normally treated, and what are the alternative treatments used. »View Info

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C-Dif Fact Sheet

Clostridium difficile: A Fact Sheet , by Allegheny County Health Department. A very basic introduction to C-Dif, with simple, short answers to the questions: what is it, what are the symptoms, how is it spread, who is at risk, . . . → Read More: C-Dif Fact Sheet

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Clostridium Difficile (C-Dif) Overview

Clostridium Difficile Infections, Overview with links to medical information by MedlinePlus, a Service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, a component of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. »View Info

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Mayo Clinic Discusses C-Dif Symptoms

Antibiotic-associated diarrhea, , MayoClinic.com. A discussion of symptoms, and how antibiotics cause recurrences of C-Dif like diarrhea, risk factors, when to seek medical advice, tests and diagnosis, potential complications, and treatments. »View Info

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Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Gives C-Dif Infection Control Guidelines

Infection Control Guidelines Guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Includes both guidelines for patient protection and for protection of health care workers. Isolation, protective covering, and hand hygiene are . . . → Read More: Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Gives C-Dif Infection Control Guidelines

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Introduction to C-Dif

Making Sense of … C-Diff; Clostridium Difficile by Azodium.com. Good basic introduction to C-Dif, what it is, and how it is transmitted, diagnosed, and treated, with a particularly good discussion of measures that can be taken to prevent this . . . → Read More: Introduction to C-Dif

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Scientific Article Discusses Spread of C-Dif

Infection control measures to limit the spread of Clostridium difficile, Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School Hannover, Hannover, Germany. This abstract of a scientific article provides a good summary of how the C-Dif infection is so . . . → Read More: Scientific Article Discusses Spread of C-Dif

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What Exactly are Probiotics?

What health benefits do probiotics offer? MayoClinic.com. There is encouraging evidence that probiotics may help treat or prevent diarrhea, especially following treatment with certain antibiotics. »View Info

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C-Dif Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Good discussion of C-Dif, its symptoms, diagnosis, causes, and treatment with antibiotics, metronidazole or vancomycin, probiotics, and other treatments, as well as the role of tapering and pulsing in preventing recurrences. »View Info

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Doctors Answer C-Dif Questions

Forum on C-Dif. Questions from caregivers caring for loved ones with C-Dif, with responses from doctors and other caregivers. »View Info

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Caregives Learn How To Manage Recurring C-Dif

Contains questions and answers from caregivers on issues associated with caring for their elderly loved ones suffering from recurring C-Dif. »View Info

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Caregivers Get Answers to C-Dif Questions

Questions from caregivers caring for loved ones with C-Dif, with responses from doctors and other caregivers. »View Info

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Learn About Clostridium Difficile (C-DIF)

Clostridium Difficile is discussed my multiple sources. »View Info

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Clostridium Difficile (C-Dif) Care Guide

Clostridium Difficile Infection Care Guide, from Drugs.com »View Info

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