Drug dismantles harmful C. difficile bacteria without destroying healthy gut microbes | Fox News

Fox News reports that Clostridium difficile, or C. diff— a potentially deadly bacterial infection that’s gained attention due to its treatment by fecal transplants— occurs when the body’s natural balance of gut bacteria gets thrown off – but nows there’s a drug that dismantles C difficile.

Source: Drug dismantles harmful C. difficile bacteria without destroying healthy gut microbes | Fox News

This is really important scientific news, especially as public healthcare struggles to cope with C difficile.  Unfortunately, too many people don’t thoroughly wash their hands after going to the toilet.

According to Wikipedia:

People are most often nosocomially infected in hospitals, nursing homes, or other medical institutions, although infection outside medical settings is increasing. The rate of C. difficile acquisition is estimated to be 13% in patients with hospital stays of up to two weeks, and 50% with stays longer than four weeks.

Long-term hospitalization or residence in a nursing home within the previous year are independent risk factors for increased colonization.

Thoughts?

Do hate and racism drive support for Donald Trump? | Brookings Institution

This is an insightful and reflective article from Richard Skinner, offering some possibly explanations for Trump’s popularity, published by think-tank Brookings Institution.

Source: Do hate and racism drive support for Donald Trump? | Brookings Institution

I agree that Trump’s popularity comes from his robust attack on President Obama’s record. But I question whether Trump has the political strength and leadership to forge American opinion and become the next US President?

Thoughts?