Author Archives: Karin Lillis

FDA halts fecal microbiota transplant after patient death

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety communication regarding the use of Fecal Microbiota for Transplantation (FMT) and the risk of serious or life-threatening infections due to transmission of multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs), as well as protections FDA has determined are needed for patients receiving investigational FMT. Two immunocompromised adults who received investigational FMT developed invasive bacterial infections due ...

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Many patients with pancreatic cancer miss out on treatment that may extend survival

Despite potential for prolonging survival with treatment, one-third of patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer do not see a medical oncologist, and even more do not receive cancer-directed treatment, found new research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Pancreatic cancer has a high death rate and is often diagnosed in advanced stages. “The data suggest that there are many missed opportunities for important ...

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New compound that kills antibiotic-resistant superbugs discovered

A new compound which visualizes and kills antibiotic resistant superbugs has been discovered by scientists at the University of Sheffield and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL). The team, led by Professor Jim Thomas, from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Chemistry, is testing new compounds developed by his PhD student Kirsty Smitten on antibiotic resistant gram-negative bacteria, including pathogenic E. coli. Gram-negative ...

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Fujifilm offerings at Digestive Disease Week 2019

Fujifilm will showcase its portfolio of endoscopic imaging, minimally invasive surgical endoscopy, enterprise imaging, and hepatology surveillance solutions at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2019 from May 19-21 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Fujifilm products will also be included in more than a dozen educational and training opportunities during the conference. In booth No. 4823 at DDW 2019, Fujifilm will showcase the following endoscope solutions for ...

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When doctors and nurses can disclose and discuss errors, hospital mortality rates decline

The diffusion of a culture of openness in hospitals is associated with lower hospital mortality, according to a study conducted among 137 acute trusts in England by Veronica Toffolutti (Bocconi University and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) and David Stuckler (Bocconi University) published in Health Affairs. Hospital openness, defined as “an environment in which staff freely speak up if ...

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