Statins lower risk of C. difficile infection during hospital stays

Researchers examined 31,472 cases of C. difficile infection in a matched case-control study drawing on data from more than 300 academic medical centres and their associated hospitals.

The study showed that statin users were 22% less likely to develop C. difficile infection while in the hospital, compared to other patients who were not taking cholesterol-lowering medication. 

Researchers suspect that statins may be protective due to their myriad pleiotropic effects.

The findings were not generalisable to people with community-acquired infection and a randomised controlled