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Popular sweetener causing uptick in fatal superbug: study - New York Post

The quest for guilt-free, "healthier" sugar options has had a serious, unintended consequence -- the proliferation of two highly virulent superbugs, a study published in the journal Nature claims.

The seemingly innocuous, naturally occurring sugar trehalose, a popular sweetener in nutritional drinks and energy products, could have allowed certain strains of the Clostridium difficile bacteria to become much more virulent than they were before, according to the study, which was published Wednesday.

The bacteria -- which cause colitis and can lead to severe diarrhea and death -- has had a resurgence in hospitals across the country, baffling doctors and scientists alike who can't understand what has driven the uptick, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Nearly half a million Americans suffered from the infection in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 29,000 of those patients died within 30 days of the diagnosis and about 15,000 of those deaths were directly linked to the bug.

by Bjinse on Thu Jan 4th, 2018 at 10:58:36 PM EST
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