Author: russ_sutton

How long does C Diff last?

I am not a physician and you shouldn’t use this as advice.  Seek your own qualified physician’s advice for curing C Diff. “How long does C Diff last?” I’ve been asked this question many times and can relate.  Most colds and flu’s go away on their own in 2-3 weeks.  So, the first time you […]

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Activia or DanActive for C Diff

I’ve been asked whether Activia is good to take for curing C Diff.  Let me start with the disclaimer: I’m not a physician.  You should consult a qualified physician to diagnose and/or treat C Diff or its symptoms. No Evidence (yet) that Activia cures C Diff Now, with that said, I looked at Danon’s site […]

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Opt-80 Higher Cure and Lower Relapse Rates

According to TheStreet.com [1], top-line results of Optimer’s phase III Opt-80 study are demonstrating higher cure rates and lower relapse rates when compared to vancomycin. Cure Rates Similar If you ask me, the cure rates were similar (88% versus 86%), but this is still fantastic news.  Currently, there are two antibiotics being widely used to […]

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Lactinex (Lactobacillus acidophilus and helveticus)

My mother has been battling C Diff off and on now.  On a recent hospital visit (admitted for other reasons) she was prescribed Lactinex for C Diff prevention/treatment.  I’d never heard of it and of course, did some research.  My first thought was that it must be a Lactobacillus bacteria, but which one, who knows?  […]

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OPT-80 Clinical Trials Have Begun

This drug is looking promising to me and it is getting much closer to being available.  The FDA has granted this drug Fast-Track status.  According to a great pdf from the maker of the drug, the company estimates that its second (and I think final) trial will complete in 2009.[1] After that the FDA/EAMA begin […]

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A New C Diff Antibiotic

OPT-80 (or “PAR-101” or “Difimicin”) According to PipelineReview.com and Optimer Pharmaceuticals, there may be a new drug coming out that  “may eradicate C. difficile selectively,” [1] which could be a huge breakthrough in the treatment of Clostridium Difficile infections. This drug is fantastic news for people suffering from multiple relapses. The makers of the new […]

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Copper surfaces kill C Diff?

I love it when medical researchers are creative in their studies.  I just read this article saying that scientists at the University of Southampton have found promising evidence that C Diff is inactivated quickly on copper surfaces. This could dramatically reduce the spread of C Diff in hospitals. Article Here So, if this is true […]

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C Diff spread is getting worse!

Think I’m crazy?  How about this from Feb 2008 Reuters: “Deaths linked to the hospital superbug Clostridium difficile jumped by as much as 72 percent in 2006, official figures show” (click for article).  This shows the spread of C Diff deaths and calls for government action to encourage cleaner hospitals.

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C Diff – How to win and what's wrong with healthcare!

So, here is my idea for this site… I survived a over a year of struggling with C Diff.  Multiple treatments from physicians alone failed.  I had to be sick with fever during the birth of our first child with no treatment available and the worry that I would be one of the 3%. Do […]

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