A guest post by Dr. Daniel M. Saman and Dr. Kevin T. Kavanagh.
“Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures.”
Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859), Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1822-1856)
This blog post originally appeared on Pioneering Ideas: A discussion about breakthrough ideas in health and health care from the Pioneer Portfolio of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
New Data Reveals High Death Rates From Clostridium Difficile (C. diff)
A CDC Vital Signs report has taken on the changing epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infections, showing a dramatic increase in prevalence and mortality associated with the disease in the past decade. Most at risk for developing the serious gastrointestinal infection are patients taking antibiotics who also receive care at any kind of medical facility.
Several weeks ago, CDDEP launched a new series to elucidate trends in global health through graphs, charts, and other visualizations. This week's graphic breaks down trends in global macrolide antibiotic sales, and offers some interesting insights regarding macrolide use in the United States.