January 31, 2014

This video, produced by a group of academics at University of Colorado and University of Minnesota, is a cool visual representation of how fecal transplants restore the good gut bacteria in people with recurrent Clostridium difficile infections. It’s increasingly clear that the bacteria that lives within and on our bodies plays an enormous role in our overall health and well being. If you want to learn more about the Human Microbiome and its role in both human disease and human health, check out this great article from The New Yorker, “Germs Are Us.”

January 19, 2014
by Kit

By Christian John Lillis Most bacteria never have a breakout year. But when the nerve center for the nation’s fight against deadly diseases last fall ranked C. diff first among the three most “urgent” threats to public health, an overdue spotlight shone on an epidemic that much of the press overlooked …

January 2, 2014

Our good friend Helen Haskell of Mothers Against Medical Error emailed me about this amazingly powerful new video developed by Quebec-based actor, Stephane Roy, in response to his 59-year-old mother’s death from C. diff in 2004. Roy’s mother died during an outbreak in the Canadian city that saw thousands of Quebecers struck with a highly virulent “Quebec strain”, leading to hundreds of deaths. Nearly 10 years after his mother’s death, Roy believes that Quebec hasn’t done enough to prevent C. diff deaths which exceeded 610 in 2011.