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Gastrointestinal bug C. difficile on the rise
San Francisco Chronicle

Public health experts have been saying for years that doctors need to scale back on antibiotic use to avoid producing hardier, drug-resistant strains of disease-causing bacteria. But there’s another reason for taking care when prescribing the drugs: Some antibiotics can wipe out almost all of the bacteria in patients’ guts, leaving them vulnerable to another nasty infection that’s spreading through hospitals and other medical centers all over the country.