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.