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