The stool C. difficile toxin test detects harmful substances produced by the bacterium Clostridium difficile ( C. difficile) in a stool sample. This infection is a common cause of diarrhea after antibiotic use.
How the test is performed
A sample of a stool is submitted for laboratory analysis. There are several methods used to detect C. difficile toxin in the stool specimen.
Today, an enzyme immunoassay ( EIA ) is most often used to detect substances produced by the bacteria. The EIA is faster than previous culture tests, simpler to perform, and results are available in about an hour. However, it is slightly less sensitive than previous methods. Several stool samples may be needed to get an accurate result.
How to prepare for the test
There are many ways to collect the samples. You can catch the stool on plastic wrap that is loosely placed over the toilet bowl and held in place by the toilet seat. Then you put the sample in a clean container. One ...
I've never been much of a soda pop drinker. I've had my share of them and I like them. I just wouldn't call myself a pop junkie. Most of the time, I can take them or leave them. Until pregnancy!! Now I crave Dr. Pepper like crazy. Most of the time I just take a sip of my husband's fountain drink. That is usually enough to satisfy me. But then some days, I crave my very own. I talked it over with my doctor and caffeine isn't as taboo during pregnancy as it used to be. I remember when I was pregnant with my son years ago caffeine was completely off limits. And I abided by my doctor's advice. Now, doctors say a small amount of caffeine each day isn't bad for the baby. However, like with anything, don't overindulge. I still decided to cut out my coffee, and I only have a Dr. Pepper a couple of times a week. But I still feel so guilty because of my past experiences. Now I recently read soft drinks, even diet ones, are linked to heart disease . Accor...
Does the texture of the food you eat affect your insulin resistance? A recent study suggests that it does.
These researchers fed male rats soft pellets or regular pellets for 14 weeks and then examined a number of factors, including insulin resistance and glucose tolerance.
The authors said it had previously been shown that feeding rats with soft pellets or through a tube caused increases in body weight. In this study, there was no significant difference in the weights of the rats fed soft or regular pellets.
But the rats fed the soft pellets showed insulin resistance and glucose intolerance. Could this apply to humans as well?
This is only one study, and in rats. However, I think this idea is suggestive. Highly processed food is usually softer. Think of white bread vs more primitive whole-grain bread with chunks of wheat that take longer to chew and digest.
I once knew a man who said he didn’t like steak. I asked why, and he said because it to...
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