US superbug infections on the rise, but deaths are falling

NY hospitals face a ‘superbug’ epidemic, former New York Lt. Gov. says Former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey discusses a fungus found in New York hospitals that kills patients within 90 days. NEW YORK (AP) — Drug-resistant “superbug” infections have been called a developing nightmare that could set medicine…

Method to calculate central line infections flawed

(HealthDay)—Using the true number of central lines as the denominator improves methods of determining central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rates, according to a study published online July 24 in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. Jesse Couk, M.D., from Emory University in Atlanta, and colleagues compared CLABSI rates using standard National…

FDA warns of infections from fecal transplants after 1 death

(HealthDay)—Fecal transplants—transferring fecal matter from a healthy person into an ill person with a compromised “microbiome”—is an increasingly used new treatment for a variety of ills. But on Thursday federal health officials announced that a patient died after such a procedure, highlighting the potential for severe infections linked to fecal…