Infection rates after colonoscopy, endoscopy at US specialty centers are far higher than expected

The rates of infection following colonoscopies and upper-GI endoscopies performed at U.S. outpatient specialty centers are far higher than previously believed, according to a Johns Hopkins study published online this month in the journal Gut. Johns Hopkins researcher Susan Hutfless, PhD, led a team that plumbed medical data from the year 2014 and determined that patients who underwent one of the common procedures ...

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Scientists find key to growth of ‘bad’ bacteria in inflammatory bowel disease

Scientists have long puzzled over why “bad” bacteria such as E. coli can thrive in the guts of those with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), causing serious diarrhea. Now UC Davis researchers have discovered the answer–one that may be the first step toward finding new and better treatments for IBD. The researchers discovered a biological mechanism by which harmful bacteria grow, ...

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Could we work together with our bacteria to stop infection?

The benefits of antibiotics to both human and animal health are undisputed. However, as microbes have become increasingly resistant to antimicrobials and other drugs, scientists have become interested in new solutions to the growing superbug crisis, including the use of defensive microbes and fecal transplants. In new research, Oxford University scientists have developed a lab-based approach, creating positive co-dependent relationships ...

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Endoscopy center in Kenya in urgent need of scopes and other supplies

Tenwek Hospital, a 300-bed mission hospital in Kenya, has an urgent need for ERCP scopes, since much of the hospital’s current inventory in need of repairs. Doctors are unable to perform or teach this procedure and have a vital need for donation or purchase of Olympus 160 ERCP scopes and other scopes to expand their services. In total, the hospital ...

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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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