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US agency approves new drug for hospital infection

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new antibiotic to treat an intestinal infection that afflicts more than 700,000 patients each year in the United States and sometimes can prove fatal. Full story

Private ICU rooms may lower infection risks

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Intensive care unit (ICU) patients placed in private rooms may pick up less than half as many infections as those in rooms with multiple beds, hints a new Canadian study. Full story

Deadly bacterial infection rising among hospitalized kids

An increasing number of hospitalized children are becoming infected with a type of bacteria known as Clostridium difficile, which can cause severe diarrhea and even death, according to a new study. Full story

Free antibiotics may have high cost later

Grocery store promotions that offer free antibiotics to shoppers may encourage misuse of medications and lead to rising drug resistance, health officials warn. Full story

Tainted meats point to superbug C. diff in food

A nasty intestinal germ found in hospitals is also showing up in grocery store meats, raising the possibility that C. diff is transmitted through food, research shows. Full story

Nasty intestinal bug spikes in U.S. hospitals

Illnesses caused by C. difficile, a bacterial infection linked to overuse of antibiotics and improperly cleaned health care rooms, may be 20 times more common than once thought. Full story

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Gut superbug causing more illnesses, deaths


  Superbug deals deadly blow to hospitals

Sept. 19: The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 500,000 Americans get sick each year from a superbug known as Clostridium difficile, a potentially deadly strain often contracted in hospitals. NBC's Robert Bazell reports.

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