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Funding superbug research is critical [Commentary]

Funding superbug research is critical [Commentary]

Anyone who has lost a loved one has experienced the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

Following my mother's death from one such infection, Clostridium difficile, or C. diff., in April 2010, I went through the stages also. In making the shift from depression to acceptance, my brother and I founded the Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation to raise awareness of C. diff. In our anger at learning that a disease we'd never heard of, not only claimed our mother, but also kills more than 28,000 Americans every year, we committed to ensuring that her death would not be in vain.

Though largely preventable, C. diff. claims at least one American every...