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Can DPP4 Inhibitors Prevent RA? (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- New pathway for autoimmune disease worthy of study (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics - October 23, 2015 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Dietary fatty acids may influence flare-ups in MS, autoimmune disease
Through interaction with intestinal bacteria, different dietary fatty acids may affect the development and progress of autoimmune disease differently, says a study of mice with MS. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Multiple Sclerosis Source Type: news

How diet may affect the progression of multiple sclerosis
Dietary fatty acids affect the development and progression of autoimmune chronic-inflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis. In a collaborative study, researchers now found that long-chain fatty acids promote the development and propagation of CNS reactive immune cells in the intestinal wall. On the contrary, short-chain fatty acids promote the development and propagation of regulatory cells in the immune system. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

CytoDyn Files an IND and Full Protocol for Phase 2 Study in GvHD
Company research has produced data to expand the potential clinical indications for PRO 140 for autoimmune diseases.(PRWeb October 20, 2015)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/10/prweb13032719.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - October 20, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Autoimmune Pancreatitis: A Diagnostic ChallengeAutoimmune Pancreatitis: A Diagnostic Challenge
The differentiation of autoimmune pancreatitis from pancreatic cancer based on clinical features alone is challenging. Learn the subtle diagnostic features of this rare disease in this overview. Southern Medical Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Scientists Put Shamanic Medicine Under The Microscope
Ten years ago, Mark Pischea, then a 42-year-old political consultant and father of five from Williamston, Michigan, was rushed to the hospital with severe stomach pain. Pischea was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, a chronic autoimmune condition that can cause extreme abdominal discomfort, weight loss, fatigue and fevers. For the next decade of his life, the formerly healthy husband and father lived in a constant cycle of flare-ups, surgery and recovery. After his fifth surgery, Pischea was bedridden for six weeks. At that point, he was told his only remaining options were a sixth surgery or the removal o...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish medical device manufacturer starts green-field operation in India
Scotland-based Omega Diagnostics, which manufactures medical devices that can help in various allergies, food intolerance, autoimmune and infectious diseases. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Roche agrees to buy US biotech Adheron for $580m
Swiss drug manufacturer Roche has agreed to acquire US biotechnology firm Adheron Therapeutics for $580m to expand its drug portfolio to treat inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - October 11, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Researchers gauge heritability of childhood-onset autoimmune diseases
Scientists have calculated more precise measurements of heritability -- the influence of underlying genes -- in nine autoimmune diseases that begin in childhood. The research may strengthen researchers' abilities to better predict a child's risk for associated autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes, Crohn's disease and juvenile idiopathic arthritis, collectively affect one in 12 persons in the Western hemisphere. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 9, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Researchers gauge heritability of childhood-onset autoimmune diseases
(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) Scientists have calculated more precise measurements of heritability -- the influence of underlying genes -- in nine autoimmune diseases that begin in childhood. The research may strengthen researchers' abilities to better predict a child's risk for associated autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes, Crohn's disease and juvenile idiopathic arthritis, collectively affect one in 12 persons in the Western hemisphere. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 9, 2015 Category: Biology Source Type: news

What is lupus? Selena Gomez case prompts questions
Why the pop star needed chemotherapy for this autoimmune disease (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lupus, Selena Gomez's Autoimmune Disease, Explained
In an interview with Billboard magazine this week, Selena Gomez confirmed she's been struggling with an autoimmune disease that forced her to take a step back from her work and cancel tours in 2013 and 2014. "I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy," she told Billboard. "That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke." What is lupus? Similar to other autoimmune diseases, lupus causes the body's immune system to attack its own tissue and organs.  Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms -- including joint pain, chronic fati...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Selena Gomez reveals she has lupus
Pop singer Selena Gomez has revealed in Billboard that her diagnosis with the autoimmune disease lupus was behind a recent hiatus from the spotlight. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - October 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

If you think you’re depressed, don’t wait — find out
October 8, 2015 is National Depression Screening Day. The first of these days occurred in October 1990, when my colleague Douglas Jacobs, MD followed through on his idea that screening for mental disorders should be no different than screening for other physical illnesses. Since that inaugural event 25 years ago, the program has greatly expanded, and similar awareness days for a variety of mental disorders, such as eating disorders and problems with alcohol use, now take place throughout the year. These screening events are held in the community, at schools, at workplaces, and in the military. Sadness touches all of our li...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - October 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael Craig Miller, M.D. Tags: Anxiety and Depression depressed screening Source Type: news

Pregnancy: Autoimmune Disorders Add Risk (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Risk increased for maternal, neonatal adverse outcomes in systemic sclerosis and other diseases (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - October 6, 2015 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Sugar governs how antibodies work in the immune system
Antibodies protect the body against diseases – but can also harm their own organism if the reactions are misdirected. Researchers have now discovered that a particular sugar in the antibodies determines whether one of the body’s own cells is destroyed or not. This result could lead to new treatment possibilities for patients with autoimmune diseases. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 6, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Sugar governs how antibodies work in the immune system
(University of Zurich) Antibodies protect the body against diseases -- but can also harm their own organism if the reactions are misdirected. Researchers from the University of Zurich have now discovered that a particular sugar in the antibodies determines whether one of the body's own cells is destroyed or not. This result could lead to new treatment possibilities for patients with autoimmune diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 6, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Study shows the effects of rare autoimmune diseases on the health of pregnant women and their babies
(Wiley) In a recent analysis of 2001 to 2011 data from Australia, pregnant women with rare autoimmune diseases had a higher likelihood of developing conditions such as hypertensive and bleeding disorders and required longer hospitalization at delivery than other pregnant women. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 5, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

#InvisibleIllnessWeek Is Over -- What Happens Now?
Social media has been taken over by #InvisibleIllnessWeek. Almost everyone has seen a tweet there or a status update here referring to it, and as awesome as it has been in generating interest in a topic that doesn't often surface in everyday media, the conversations it has given rise to deviate into two extremes: either showcasing the horrible aspects of living with a chronic diagnosis or an all-encompassing positivity celebrating invisible illnesses. First of all, what IS an invisible illness? It's a diagnosis that often doesn't show itself on the surface, most of them are autoimmune conditions such as Lyme disease, Croh...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Autoimmune cerebellar ataxia: Study finds treatment promises for a disease previously considered hopeless
ROCHESTER, Minn. — While autoimmune cerebellar ataxia (a loss of muscle control coordination) can lead to severe disability with some patients becoming wheelchair-bound, there are factors that may help predict better immunotherapy response, according to the Mayo Clinic study published by JAMA Neurology. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsriW0BD638 Autoimmune cerebellar ataxia in adults, which usually comes on rapidly and [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - September 29, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

FDA panel recommends limited use of Bayer’s Essure until more is known about safety
An FDA advisory panel yesterday recommended that the agency limit the use of Bayer‘s (ETR:BAYN) Essure female sterilization device until more is known about its safety, after thousands of women reported serious health issues they attribute to the nickel-titanium implant. Essure, the only approved permanent birth control device in the U.S., is a small metal coil that is placed in the fallopian tubes via catheter. The FDA approved the device in November 2002. In the near 13 years since then, the health regulator said it had received 5,093 complaints, including those of pain or menstrual irregularities after using th...
Source: Mass Device - September 25, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Women's Health Bayer HealthCare Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Advisory Panel Source Type: news

Turing Pharmaceuticals Did Us One Big Favor
Dear Turing Pharmaceuticals, Thank you. Thank you for exposing what I have known for years, that health care in the United States is commoditized instead of treated like a human right. By showing the severity of your greed in raising the price of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill, you captured the ire of the public. However, you've done one good thing for the American public through this incredibly greedy move: You put price gouging of specialty drugs on a national stage. I've known about this for years because I've been exposed to price gouging in the medical world since I was 16. While most kids were worrying abou...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Going Beyond the Extraordinary
To be extraordinary, you need to surpass being normal, but what if you're not normal to begin with? This is my story: Growing up as a girl in India I spent more time in hospitals than actually at home, and this only accelerated as I grew older. Now, I live in London with a severe form of Crohn's disease that has left me with one small intestine than a full stomach, one functioning lung as my asthma got incredibly bad and seronegative arthritis. For those who don't know what that is, it essentially merges my pelvis to my spine making it very painful to stand up or go to sleep. What does this mean? I can barely eat out becau...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Enzyme's role could help fight cancer and autoimmune diseases
New knowledge of the enzyme RIPK3 reveals a dual role that could be used to fight disease by reducing its part in inflammation and enhancing its properties in killing cancer cells. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Biology / Biochemistry Source Type: news

What Is Telogen Effluvium?
Discussion Hair is an epidermal appendage. It has a regular cycle of phases where hair grows (anagen), rests (telogen) and has a transition phase (catagen) in between. Normal hair loss is ~50-100 hairs lost/day on the scalp. Normal hair grows about 2.5 mm/week. The history should include details about general health, health stressors especially in last 4-6 months including fevers, surgeries, new medication and life events are important. Review of systems for possible anemia, diabetes, and hypothyroidism and other autoimmune diseases should be obtained including fatigue, constipation, weight changes, night sweats, eye, mus...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 21, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

TSRI study identifies novel role of mitochondria in immune function
(Scripps Research Institute) Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have discovered a new role for an enzyme involved in cell death. Their study shows how the enzyme, called RIPK3, relays signals between the cell's mitochondria 'powerhouses' and the immune system. The new study shows that this crosstalk is important not only for launching immune responses against tumors, but also for regulating the inflammatory responses that may result in autoimmune diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 18, 2015 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

An Open Letter to Presumptuous Care Providers
Dear Care Provider, I am not a number on a chart, a line copied from your medical textbook, nor a statistic that always fits into carefully written criteria. I am a human being with emotions, dreams, goals and a life outside of your small exam room. I am so much more than that diagnosis code you entered into your medical files. When you see me for those brief moments once a month, you seem to make such vast assumptions about my existence. You assert your opinion on my emotional ability to deal with my illness firmly, as if your perspective is the only possible truth. You ask me how I believe I am coping with my situation, ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Control Inflammation and “Turn Off” Disease-Causing Genes
The single most important thing you can do to prevent premature aging is to control inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s effort to heal itself. But too much produces disease. In fact, most of the diseases associated with aging are essentially inflammatory diseases. That includes cancer, heart disease, arthritis, arteriosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. And the truth is that we’re all inflamed thanks to a modern diet that includes inflammation-friendly ingredients like sugar, cheap vegetable oils, and refined carbohydrates. Most doctors are not educated in the role of nutrition in disease. A...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - September 15, 2015 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr. Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging food allergies inflammation natural healing turmeric Source Type: news

Oral infections cause cancer, neurological and autoimmune disease
(NaturalNews) Good oral hygiene and high-quality dental care are important for long-term health and have benefits that extend far beyond the teeth and gums. Likewise, poor oral health can lead to adverse outcomes and increase the risk of disease. In fact, many health issues and chronic... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Multiple Autoimmune Diseases Share Same Genetic Risk FactorsMultiple Autoimmune Diseases Share Same Genetic Risk Factors
A study that identified common gene sites across 10 pediatric-onset autoimmune diseases may reveal new treatment targets. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Lupus: A disease with many faces
Lupus is an autoimmune disease with so many different symptoms that it is often difficult to diagnose and to treat. Despite huge medical advances over the last few years, lupus is incurable. Modern, individually tailored therapeutic approaches are aimed at helping sufferers. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 1, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Scientists identify possible key in virus, cancer research
Scientists have uncovered a viral protein in the cell that inhibits the major DNA sensor and thus the body's response to viral infection, suggesting that this cellular pathway could be manipulated to help a person fight infection, cancer or autoimmune diseases. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 27, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Scientists identify possible key in virus, cancer research
(Florida State University) Fanxiu Zhu, the FSU Margaret and Mary Pfeiffer Endowed Professor for Cancer Research, and his team uncovered a viral protein in the cell that inhibits the major DNA sensor and thus the body's response to viral infection, suggesting that this cellular pathway could be manipulated to help a person fight infection, cancer or autoimmune diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 27, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Dramatic breakthroughs in treatment of autoimmune inflammatory diseases
(World Scientific) Over the past two decades, dramatic breakthroughs have occurred in the treatment of the inflammatory autoimmune diseases. In this volume, the recent progress, current status, and future development of therapy research for this large group of diseases are discussed by experts from different fields of medicine, including clinical immunology, dermatology, gastroenterology, neurology, pulmonology and rheumatology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 26, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Immune Homeostasis and Microbiome--Therapeutic ModulationImmune Homeostasis and Microbiome--Therapeutic Modulation
Learn more about links between the human microbiome and immune systems and their impact on autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Gut Microbes Activate T Cells Causing Autoimmune Eye DiseaseGut Microbes Activate T Cells Causing Autoimmune Eye Disease
Commensal microbes in the gut can activate retina-specific T cells that go on to cause autoimmune uveitis in a mouse model, researchers report. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines - August 24, 2015 Category: Opthalmology Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Low Platelets in Autoimmune Disease Respond to Rituximab (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- The overall response rate in a small study was above 80% (Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology)
Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology - August 23, 2015 Category: Hematology Source Type: news

Glaxo Sells Drug Rights to Novartis
GlaxoSmithKline is selling its remaining rights to a drug used in treating autoimmune diseases to Novartis for up to $1 billion, plus royalties. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Source: WSJ.com: Health - August 21, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: FREE Source Type: news

Families with SLE Face Risk for Sjogren’s Syndrome (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Two autoimmune diseases share clinical and serological features (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - August 20, 2015 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Norwood biotech's shares soar on FDA news that could speed up drug approval
Shares of Corbus Pharmaceuticals rose more than 50 percent today after the Norwood company announced that it got a designation from the FDA that could speed up the trial process for a drug to treat the “most lethal of the systemic autoimmune diseases,” according to the CEO. Corbus (Nasdaq: CRBP) announced this morning it received fast track designation — which gives the company more chances for feedback from the agency regarding the progression of its trials — for its drug called Resunab.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 19, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Don Seiffert Source Type: news

Gut microbes linked to major autoimmune eye disease
One major cause of human blindness is autoimmune uveitis, which is triggered by the activation of T cells, but exactly how and where the T cells become activated in the first place has been a long-standing mystery. A study reveals that gut microbes produce a molecule that mimics a retinal protein, which most likely activates the T cells responsible for the disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 18, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Bacteria to Blame?
T cells activated in the microbe-dense gut can spark an autoimmune eye disease, a study shows.  (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - August 18, 2015 Category: Science Tags: Daily News, News & Opinion Source Type: news

My 17-Year Quest For The Correct Medical Diagnosis
How many times can you begin again? That's what I asked myself as I entered the Hospital for Special Surgery, just three weeks after my first lumbar spine epidural steroid injection and SI joint procedure. I was late. I spent two hours stuck in traffic during my drive from New Jersey to New York. So I was frazzled and my thoughts were scattered when I arrived. Yet, that question, can I start over again after another procedure rattled around in my head. My entire adulthood has been a long and winding road, at least medically. At 17, a sparse menstrual cycle, joint pain and spontaneous fever left doctors scratching their he...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tick-ing Time Bomb: Lyme Disease Conquers New Territory
In the summer of 1975 a group of children who often played together developed an unusual flu-like illness with severe joint pain. They were diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA). All of them lived in a small town at the mouth of the Connecticut River called Lyme. The story of their disease contains all the elements of a good novel; mystery, loss, blood, empathy, indifference, conflict, controversy and conspiracy, truth and fiction. Doctors suspect JRA when they see kids with persistent joint pain or swelling, unexplained skin rashes, and fever associated with swelling of lymph nodes or inflammation of internal...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

“When you hit rock bottom…the only way to go is up.”
The Franciscan Hospital for Children Heartbreak Hill 5K on June 14, 2014, was a special day for Justin Ith. It was the first time the 16-year-old, who weighed a mere 70 pounds at the time, had been outside for months. As a nurse pushed the wheelchair-bound teen across the finish line, he turned to her and vowed, “Next year, I’m going to finish this race by myself.” Justin at his first 5K in 2014 and his second in 2015 after nine months of rehabilitation A few months earlier, Justin had been living the life of the average high school student. Skateboarder. Guitar player. Anime aficionado. “I thought I was invincible...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 12, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Our patients’ stories Dr. Robert Fuhlbrigge Franciscan Hospital for Children lupus rheumatology program Source Type: news

Study details 'rotten egg' gas' role in autoimmune disease
A new study has demonstrated how regulatory T cells can themselves be regulated, by an unexpected source: hydrogen sulfide, a gas produced by the body's muscle cells and one often associated with the smell of rotten eggs. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 11, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Penn study details 'rotten egg' gas' role in autoimmune disease
(University of Pennsylvania) A new study led by Songtao Shi of the University of Pennsylvania has demonstrated how regulatory T cells can themselves be regulated, by an unexpected source: hydrogen sulfide, a gas produced by the body's muscle cells and one often associated with the smell of rotten eggs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 11, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Necrotizing Autoimmune Myopathy: Features and OutcomesNecrotizing Autoimmune Myopathy: Features and Outcomes
In a new review of NAM cases, half were idiopathic and statins, cancer, and connective tissue disease were risk factors. Researchers recommend intravenous immune globulin and corticosteroids as initial therapy. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - August 10, 2015 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Stress and the Celiac: How to Fuel Research and Solve Challenges
We all know about stress. If we have a pulse, we have it. Scientific research supports the theory that it shortens our lives: "Chronic psychological stress appears to accelerate biological aging." As a person dedicated to leading a healthy, active life, this worries me. Why? Because I live with celiac disease and there is a bit of stress whenever I need to think about my treatment. Daily. Several times each day, in fact. Celiac disease is a serious, genetic autoimmune condition that is triggered by gluten, the protein in wheat, rye and barley. When your disease is managed by excluding these grains from your diet completel...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Interior life: UCLA doctors use the body's own microorganisms to fight disease
This may strike many people as distasteful, but human stool now is used as a medical therapy against at least one dangerous infection. It is happening at UCLA and at a small number of other major medical centers, where processed stool from healthy donors is being introduced into the gastrointestinal tracts of patients with Clostridium difficile, or C. diff. The infection is most commonly acquired in the hospital, causing diarrhea, intestinal pain and cramps, fever and potentially worse — 14,000 people die from C. diff in the U.S. each year. While the cure may sound worse than the disease, the therapy, known as fecal micr...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 6, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news