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C. Diff

Clinical Briefs for Monday, January 6

Map of lethal C. difficile toxin could pave way for future treatments … Providers underreporting major injury falls on MDS, study suggests … Regular video game play on the rise among older adults … U.S. market unprepared to meet needs of frail elders in the 2020s

Clinical Briefs for Friday, November 8

Loss of food enjoyment can isolate cancer patients … No hospital disinfectants can kill off C. difficile bacterium … Study helps explain why exercise guards against heart disease … ‘First-of-its-kind’ Medicaid project to increase access to behavioral health treatments

New wipe may help reduce C. diff

The Clorox Healthcare Bleach Germicidal Wipes reduced C. difficile infection rates from 14.99 (per 10,000 patient days) to zero in a six-month period, according to a new study.

C. diff linked to food additive

Providers have been put on alert that a specific sugar added to hundreds of foods could fuel outbreaks of Clostridium difficile. Trehalose is a naturally occurring sugar used an additive for taste and shelf-stability, scientists report in the journal Nature. Easily and cheaply extracted from corn starch, it helps feed certain strains of C. diff.…

Elizabeth Newman

Invite in infectious disease docs to LTC

If I’m predisposed to being fond of infectious disease physicians, it’s because I believe they offer insight beyond that of a general practitioner. This is not to say that a long-term care facility’s medical director can’t handle a flu outbreak. But it is acknowledging that long-term care staff handles large caseloads with complex patients, and that more facilities should embrace partnerships with an ID physician.

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