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Crohn’s disease study identifies genetic variant with potential to personalize treatment

The largest study ever to look at why an expensive and commonly–used group of drugs fails some patients with Crohn’s disease has identified a genetic marker which could individualize drug treatment. A UK wide collaboration led by the University of Exeter, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and the Wellcome Sanger Institute, has demonstrated that a genetic variant carried by 40% of the ...

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Impacts of low-dose exposure to antibiotics unveiled in zebrafish gut

The study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, applied three-dimensional microscopy to nearly transparent zebrafish to show how weak levels of antibiotics induce structural changes in gut bacterial communities that cause severe drops in the bacterial populations. “Low levels of antibiotics are often found as environmental contaminants, for example from widespread use in raising livestock,” ...

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A reliable clock for your microbiome

Now, a new tool created by researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School (HMS) provides a solution to this problem in the form of a set of bacterial genes that have been engineered to detect and record changes in the growth of different populations of bacteria over time in the guts ...

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STERILUCENT, INC. ANNOUNCES CLEARANCE TO MARKET NEW LOW-TEMPERATURE STERILIZATION SYSTEM

New sterilizer’s unique features address longstanding process challenges Sterilucent, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN), announces that the company has received regulatory clearance to market the Sterilucent™ HC 80TT Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilizer with Cycle Guardian™ technology in the United States. Cycle Guardian technology includes: Advanced and continuous critical parameter monitoring capability, which enables advanced dynamic sterilant delivery, confirms that the minimum required concentration of the ...

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FDA Revises Safety Alert

Updates Guidance and Clears New/Additional Erbe 24-Hour Port Connector  On April 18, 2018, the FDA released a letter to health care providers regarding the use of 24-hour multi-patient use endoscope connectors. In this letter, it was stated that “the FDA has not received acceptable testing to demonstrate the safe use of these products, and recommends against their use.” The FDA ...

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