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Our high-sugar diet is breeding a new superbug

A new, deadly and antibiotic-resistant bacteria species is thriving in Australia’s hospitals, fuelled by our addiction to sugary junk food.

Scientists are now pondering whether some hospital sweets, cakes and muffins should be banned for some patients in a bid to control the species’ spread.

  • Liam Mannix
  • The Age

“In a Western society, if you’re a bacteria that has a bit of a sweet tooth, you’re in a pretty good position,” says Dr Sam Forster, a researcher at Melbourne’s Hudson Institute of Medical Research.

Clostridium difficile is already one of the …

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