Greater antibiotic use raises incidence of C. diff infections

Mayo Clinic researchers assessed data on about 13.7 million children and 1.3 million adults in hospitals and found that greater use of antibiotics was the reason behind an increase in the incidence and severity of Clostridium difficile infections. They noted that the risk of dying was highest among children and adults over age 65 with C. difficile infections. The findings were presented at the American College of Gastroenterology meeting. HealthDay News (10/22)