Cigarette smoke makes MRSA superbug bacterium more drug-resistant

Cigarette smoke can make MRSA bacterial strains more resistant to antibiotics, new research from the University of Bath has shown. In addition cigarette smoke exposure can make some strains of Staphylococcus aureus, a microbe present in 30 to 60 percent of the global population and responsible for many diseases, some fatal, more invasive and persistent, although the effect is not universal ...

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New material could make it easier to remove colon polyps

More than 15 million colonoscopies are performed in the United States every year, and in at least 20 percent of those, gastroenterologists end up removing precancerous growths from the colon. Eliminating these early-stage lesions, known as polyps, is the best way to prevent colon cancer from developing. To reduce the risk of tearing the colon during this procedure, doctors often ...

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John Whelan Joins Healthmark Industries

John Whelan

Healthmark Industries is proud to announce John Whelan as the newest Clinical Education Coordinator. “We are very pleased to welcome John to Healthmark Industries,” says Vice President Ralph Basile. “His expert knowledge and experience in the institutional sterilization and high level disinfection field will play a vital role in providing guidance and support to our customers.” Whelan comes to Healthmark ...

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Scientists find urine test could offer a non-invasive approach for diagnosis of IBS

Scientists at McMaster University have identified new biomarkers for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in urine, which could lead to better treatments and reduce the need for costly and invasive colonoscopy procedures currently used for diagnosis. Little is known about the causes of IBS, a chronic and often debilitating gastrointestinal disorder which affects hundreds of thousands of Canadians in which diagnosis ...

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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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