Swallowable Alternative to Endoscopy for Barrett’s Esophagus Detection

A swallowable balloon device has been developed to obtain samples from the lower esophagus – samples which then undergo assay of combined CCNA1and VIM DNA methylation to detect Barrett’s esophagus metaplasia, according to a study published online January 17 in Science Translational Medicine. Helen R. Moinova, PhD, from the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and colleagues developed a well-tolerated ...

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Judge Orders New Olympus Trial Over Superbug Death

By Chad Terhune This article first appeared January 19, 2018 on Kaiser Health News. A Seattle judge said Olympus Corp. failed to properly disclose internal emails that raised safety concerns about a redesigned medical scope as early as 2008, several years before the device was publicly tied to deadly superbug outbreaks. Citing those “willful discovery violations” by the Japanese device ...

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Helpful intestinal bacteria counteracts tendency to depression

New research suggests that the micro-organisms known as probiotics, which are normally providing health benefits in the intestines, also have an affect on the brain, or as an actual study at Aarhus University has shown; protect against depression. ‘ In the animal study at the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University, rats were fed with an extra fatty and ...

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Gut reaction: Repeated food poisoning triggers chronic disease

A startling discovery published in the journal Science reveals how your past history of minor bacterial infections can add up with age to cause a severe inflammatory disease. Small bacterial infections that may go unnoticed and which the body easily clears without treatment, such as occurs during mild food poisoning, nevertheless can start a chain of events that leads to ...

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