Artificial sweetener Splenda could intensify Symptoms in those with Crohn’s disease

In a study that has implications for humans with inflammatory diseases, researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and colleagues have found that, given over a six-week period, the artificial sweetener sucralose, known by the brand name Splenda, worsens gut inflammation in mice with Crohn’s-like disease, but had no substantive effect on those without the condition. Crohn’s disease ...

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Gut check: Metabolites shed by intestinal microbiota keep inflammation at bay

Researchers at Tufts University have elucidated a mechanism by which the “good” bacteria that reside in our gastrointestinal tract can help protect us from inflammation, and how their disruption (dysbiosis) can increase the susceptibility of the liver to more harmful forms of disease. Their study, now available in the journal Cell Reports, identified two key metabolites produced by the bacteria ...

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Leadership rounds foster culture that reduces healthcare-associated infections

Senior executive meetings with frontline healthcare staff may contribute to patient safety by  elevating critical problems and encouraging open dialogue that can solve problems and sustain best practices for reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). The study ...

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ANA addresses sexual harassment as part of #EndNurseAbuse initiative

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has said that its #EndNurseAbuse initiative, which launched in 2017 to address workplace abuse against nurses, includes eliminating sexual harassment. Furthermore, as part of the initiative, ANA underscored its strong support for the #TimesUpNow movement that promotes accountability and consequences for abuse, harassment, sexual assault, and inequality in the workplace. “Nurse safety is a critical ...

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