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Non-Antibiotic Treatment Successful in Fighting Difficult Infection

The bacterium C. difficile lives harmlessly in the intestines of many people, but, it can strike those whose immune systems are weakened, particularly those in hospital settings and nursing homes. If the bacterium infects and overwhelms a patient, it can cause serious illness. In the United States alone, C. difficile costs more than $4 billion per year to treat.  Approximately 15,000 of the quarter-million people who are stricken annually die. Antibiotics, which are used...

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