Wayne State Part Of Hospital Infection Research

DETROIT (AP) – A Wayne State University professor is among the researchers who received a $3.2 million federal grant to test a new treatment for a common hospital-acquired infection.

The university says pharmacy associated professor Steven M. Firestine and his team received a grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to prove the effectiveness of the treatment for Clostridium difficile bacterial infections.

The disease is a frequent cause of illness and death among elderly patients, often hitting those who’ve had gastrointestinal surgery or have used antibiotics for a long time. It kills about one out of 25 infected patients.

Wayne State says the five-year project will measure the effectiveness of a bile salt in preventing the germination of the spores that cause the disease.

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