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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Molecule plays dual role in bowel health and disease

A molecule that controls intestinal cell growth plays a dual role maintaining gut health and promoting diseases such as cancer, says a study in eLife. The discovery in mice sheds light on the intricate mechanisms that control cell turnover in the gut, and provides a potential new therapeutic target for intestinal diseases such as bowel cancer. The lining of our ...

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‘Poop pill’ capsule research paves the way for simpler C. difficile treatment

An Alberta-led clinical trial has shown Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) is effective in treating clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infections whether delivered by colonoscopy or by swallowing capsules. The finding, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, could revolutionize and broaden the use of FMT, which restores the healthy balance of bacteria living in the intestine by transferring a ...

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