The People's Perspective on Medicine
Man doubled over with heartburn pain holds his stomach
Acid Reflux

Do PPI-Type Acid-Suppressing Drugs Cause Allergies?

A new study from Austria suggests that acid-suppressing drugs cause allergies such as hives. There are even elegant explanations why it could be true.


What Are the Alternatives to Colonoscopy?

How good are the alternatives to colonoscopy, such as FIT or Cologuard, for detecting colorectal cancer?

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Bulky Bowel Movements

How Do You Feed Your Microbiota?

An intriguing study reveals that what you feed your microbiota influences the variety of microbes in your intestines. The relationships are unique to you.

Matt McCarthy, MD, expert on emerging superbugs

Show 1164: Will We Win the Race Against Emerging Superbugs?

Drugs can't kill off many emerging superbugs. How can we protect ourselves from these lethal infections? Dalbavansin holds promise.

Eran Elinav, MD, PhD

Show 1159: Do Cold Sores Boost Your Risk for Dementia?

In this international research update, we consider studies of probiotics and how they influence the gut microbiota; also, are cold sores linked to dementia?

man on toilet with a help sign
Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)

Clindamycin and C. Diff Infection: A Devil’s Ride

When most people think of diarrhea they imagine a minor annoyance that will go away in days. Clindamycin-caused C. diff infection can be life threatening.

Clostridium difficile (C-diff) bacteria, 3D illustration
Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)

C Diff Infections Are No Longer Limited to Hospitals

C diff infections causing diarrhea were once found mainly in health care facilities. Now they are causing trouble out in the community.

A box of Sweet'N Low artificial sweetener
Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)

Will Artificial Sweeteners Harm Your Microbiota?

Artificial sweeteners appear to be toxic to bacteria similar to those that inhabit our intestines. That could potentially be bad news for our health, too.

Woman holds her side suffering from acute liver injury pain or liver cancer
Acid Reflux

Is Liver Cancer a Risk of Acid-Suppressing Drugs?

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Nexium and Prilosec can prevent heartburn and heal ulcers. But they do have some frightening side effects and might even promote liver cancer.

Prescription for probiotic
Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)

Should You Take Probiotics with Antibiotics? New Review Says YES!

If you have ever taken antibiotics, especially clindamycin, you know diarrhea can result. A C. diff infection can be life threatening. A new analysis suggests probiotics with antibiotics can help.

man on toilet with a help sign
Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)

Will Poop Pills Stop Deadly Diarrhea?

When doctors want to do a fecal microbiota transplant to treat Clostridium difficile, poop pills work as well as a colonoscopy.

Girl with stomach ache sitting on bed
Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)

Recurrent Diarrhea Is More Common, Harder to Treat

Multiply recurrent C diff infections result in hard-to-treat recurrent diarrhea. Fecal microbiota transplantation may be the best treatment.

The word antibiotics surrounded by pills and a stethescope
Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)

Overlooked Antibiotic Side Effects Can Destroy Lives

When antibiotics save lives they are miracle medicines. When they cause long-lasting pain and disability they can ruin a person's quality of life.

a bottle of Nexium 40mg
Acid Reflux

Do People on PPIs Have More Infectious Diarrhea?

A study in Scotland found that people who take PPIs for a long time are more likely to suffer from C diff or Campylobacter infections.

hand with IV drip
Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)

Are You at Risk from Another Patient’s Antibiotics?

Another patient's antibiotics could put you at risk for diarrhea due to C diff if you are unlucky enough to be the next patient in that bed.

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Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)

A Medical Mistake Leads to Tragic Death

We are overwhelmed by medical statistics. Though hundreds of thousands die from health care harm it has very little impact. A story is far more compelling.

Acid Reflux

How to Improve Digestive Health with a Poop Transplant

A poop transplant that alters the disturbed microbiota of a diseased digestive tract can provide surprising relief from diarrhea, pain and other symptoms.

close up of a doctor writing in on a chart
Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)

Is Your Doctor’s Tie and White Coat Making You Sick?

Doctors love a long white coat. For many it is a way to distinguish themselves. But white coats, ties, long sleeves and jewelry can spread germs.

patient in a hospital ICU
Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)

What Else Could Hospitals Do to Reduce Deadly Infections?

Controlling antibiotic use to only those cases where the drug is strictly necessary can help reduce the risk of C diff infections.

hand with IV drip
Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)

Acid-Suppressing Drugs Raise the Risk of Repeat C Diff Infection

Hospital patients on a PPI are at increased risk of dying from a recurrent C diff infection.