c diff infections being viewed under a microscope

C. diff: infections under the microscope

Gemma King Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more, Patient stories, Research, Treatments

Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, is a type of bacteria that can live in our digestive system without causing any problems. In fact, it is present in around 1 in 30 of us. But it can also cause a nasty infection and is the most common cause of hospital diarrhoea. It particularly affects people who have recently received antibiotics. These …

British Science Week bio baddie

Last chance to build a ‘bio baddie’ for British Science Week!

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There is still time! Join us to celebrate British Science Week by designing your own ‘bacterial bad guy’ this weekend. Bio Baddie competition Just grab your art materials (any medium you like) and get designing! Create an artistic impression of what an antibiotic-resistant bacterium might look like. Find out how to enter and submit your image. But hurry, British Science …

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International travellers spread dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria with ease, study finds

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New research, published in The Lancet Microbe on 23 February 2021, shows how antibiotic-resistant infections can spread easily when we travel. The study highlights how international travellers/tourists who share facilities can spread resistant infections. In one case, tourists staying separately were found to have the same strain of a bacteria after sharing a shower facility. Study details Scientists from the …