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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New ‘jumping’ superbug gene discovered, resistant to last-resort antibiotic

While sifting through the bacterial genome of salmonella, Cornell University food scientists discovered mcr-9, a new stealthy, jumping gene so diabolical and robust that it resists one of the world’s few last-resort antibiotics. Doctors deploy the antibiotic colistin when all other infection-fighting options are exhausted. But resistance to colistin has emerged around the globe, threatening its efficacy. “This last-resort antibiotic ...

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Breaking open the gates of antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance is a major health threat, with about two million people in the US getting an antibiotic-resistant infection per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Gram negative bacteria, including types like E.coli and Salmonella, are often more difficult to kill because of their two-pronged defenses. They have two membranes rather than one, and also have numerous ...

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Right combination of diet and bacteria limits cancer progression

The diet of a person can have significant effects on the gut microbiome, i.e. the populations of microorganisms such as bacteria which live in the human gut. It is well recognized that dietary habits through complex metabolic interactions contribute to cancer prevention. More specifically, diets rich in fiber reduce the risk of developing specific cancers such as colorectal cancer. Although ...

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Fight Colorectal Cancer launches clinical trial finder mobile app in partnership with Flatiron Health

Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) has collaborated with Flatiron Health to develop a smartphone application for its Late-Stage, MSS-CRC Clinical Trial Finder. The first-of-its-kind app — now available for both iOS and Android — enables patients with late-stage Microsatellite Stable (MSS) colorectal cancer to research relevant clinical trials via their phone. The Fight CRC Clinical Trial Finder was the work of stage IV colorectal cancer survivor, Dr. Tom Marsilje, who originally ...

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