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Talk About Bailouts…

The Wall Street Journal has a scary story about C. diff, the latest superbug plaguing hospitals these days. But my metaphor-analogy generator is throwing sparks and smoke at all the various ways one could use this bit of information. 

…. Patients who come into the hospital with suspected pneumonia now get an antibiotic within six hours, instead of four hours previously, to allow more time to assess the need for drugs. 

One controversial strategy: fecal transplants. For one patient with recurrent C. diff, Kettering suggested a stool transplant from a relative, to help restore good bacteria in the gut. But Jeffrey Weinstein, an infectious-disease specialist at the hospital, says the patient “refused to consider it because it was so aesthetically displeasing.” 


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