Finding a less poopy solution for fecal transplant regulation

As fecal matter transplants (FMTs) continue to be more widely adopted, it is critical to have an appropriate regulatory framework in place, authors of this Policy Forum emphasize. They go on to outline key areas for improvement, compared to current regulatory approaches. The transfer of stool from one healthy donor to a recipient for re­current Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is ...

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New protocol leads to significant drop in prescription narcotic use among colorectal surgery patients

A quality improvement initiative has led to a significant drop in narcotic pain medications prescribed to patients who undergo colorectal surgery at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. “Fewer patients are receiving oral narcotics during their hospital stay. More importantly, we are discharging even fewer patients with prescriptions for narcotic pain medication. Often, patients become addicted after taking legally ...

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Gastric cancer: A new strategy used by Helicobacter pylori to target mitochondria

Helicobacter pylori is a bacterial pathogen that colonizes the stomach of approximately half of the world’s population. Infection with H. pylori is acquired in childhood and lasts for decades. H. pylori is the main risk factor for gastric cancer and is linked to more than 80 percent of cases. Gastric cancer, the third most common cause of cancer-related death, is ...

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EndoPro Magazine Author Among Those Honored with Nurses Making a Difference Award

The Nebraska Center for Nursing honored five Nebraska nurses for making a difference through contributions to health care and their communities. The honorees were selected based on criteria that includes active involvement in activities that advance the nursing profession, like volunteer work, as well as activities that enhance the health and well-being of the community. Meet this year’s honorees: Nancy ...

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CDC awards $9 million to investigators to combat antibiotic resistance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is awarding more than $9 million to 25 investigators to pilot innovative solutions and explore knowledge gaps about antibiotic resistance related to the human microbiome, healthcare settings, and surface water and soil. Antibiotic resistant infections can be deadly for humans and is a growing global threat jeopardizing modern medicine and the healthcare, ...

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