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Novel Blood Test for Gastroenteritis-Induced Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Novel Blood Test for Gastroenteritis-Induced Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The test works by measuring levels of anti-cytolethal distending toxin B (CdtB) and anti-vinculin, 2 biomarkers of post-infectious IBS-D and IBS-M.

CDC: Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Gravel Ridge Farms Eggs

CDC: Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Gravel Ridge Farms Eggs

38 illnesses documented in seven states; 10 people have been hospitalized, but no deaths reported.

Final CDC Update on Salmonella Linked to Backyard Poultry

Final CDC Update on Salmonella Linked to Backyard Poultry

At least 334 people in 47 states have been sickened in Salmonella outbreaks linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks.

Ground Meat Products Recalled by Publix Super Markets

Ground Meat Products Recalled by Publix Super Markets

Possible Escherichia coli contamination has triggered the recall of ground beef products made from chuck that were sold at Publix Super Markets in Florida.

FDA: Illnesses Linked to McDonald's Salads Reach 507

FDA: Illnesses Linked to McDonald's Salads Reach 507

The number of confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection linked to salads from McDonald's restaurants was 507 in 15 states and New York City as of Aug. 23.

CDC: More Than 400 Sickened by McDonald's Salads

CDC: More Than 400 Sickened by McDonald's Salads

The number of confirmed cases of a parasite-caused illness linked to McDonald's Fresh Express Salad Mix is now 436 in 15 states.

FDA: Whey Powder Behind Recent Salmonella-Linked Recalls

FDA: Whey Powder Behind Recent Salmonella-Linked Recalls

Ritz and Goldfish crackers, Swiss Rolls -- they've all been tied to possible Salmonella contamination through a common ingredient, dry whey powder.

Salmonella Spurs Recall of Ritz Crackers

Salmonella Spurs Recall of Ritz Crackers

A number of Ritz Crackers products are being recalled due to possible Salmonella risk

Salmonella Outbreak in 26 States Linked to Raw Turkey Products

Salmonella Outbreak in 26 States Linked to Raw Turkey Products

A Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 90 people in 26 states has been linked to a variety of raw turkey products.

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad

A Salmonella outbreak that's sickened 21 people in five states has been linked to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad.

E. Coli Found in Water at Tennessee Ziplining Facility

E. Coli Found in Water at Tennessee Ziplining Facility

Health officials say they found Escherichia coli in water at a ziplining facility in Tennessee that has been linked to an outbreak affecting at least 500 people.

Is New Surveillance Monitoring Required for Enterococcal Oxazolidinone Resistance?

Is New Surveillance Monitoring Required for Enterococcal Oxazolidinone Resistance?

A study was conducted to evaluate the oxazolidinone resistance mechanisms of enterococci bacteria.

Irrigation Water Likely Cause of Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak

Irrigation Water Likely Cause of Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak

Tainted irrigation water is likely to blame for a 36-state Escherichia coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce that sickened 200 people and caused five deaths.

CDC Issues Update for Resistant Shigella Infections

CDC Issues Update for Resistant Shigella Infections

The CDC has identified an increasing number of Shigella isolates that test within the susceptible range for the fluoroquinolone antibiotic ciprofloxacin.

Should Metronidazole Be Recommended for Mild Clostridium difficile Infections?

Should Metronidazole Be Recommended for Mild Clostridium difficile Infections?

Clinicians debate whether metronidazole should be used as front-line treatment for mild CDI in patients with low risk for complications.

Kellogg's Honey Smacks Cereal Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

Kellogg's Honey Smacks Cereal Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

The Kellogg Company has announced it is recalling certain boxes of Honey Smacks cereal due to the possibility of contamination with Salmonella

No Association Between Rotavirus Vaccination and Intussusception in New Study

No Association Between Rotavirus Vaccination and Intussusception in New Study

The risk of intussusception within 1 to 7 days and 8 to 21 days after rotavirus vaccination was assessed in infants age 28 to 245 days.

60 Sickened So Far in Salmonella-Tainted Melon Outbreak

60 Sickened So Far in Salmonella-Tainted Melon Outbreak

31 people have been hospitalized; no deaths reported to date

Does Isolating Clostridium Difficile Carriers Shorten Outbreak Duration?

Does Isolating Clostridium Difficile Carriers Shorten Outbreak Duration?

Isolating Clostridium difficile carriers during an outbreak may not be associated with a significantly shorter outbreak duration.

CDC Says  E Coli  Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce Is Over

CDC Says E Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce Is Over

CDC reports this spring's outbreak of Escherichia coli illness tied to tainted Arizona romaine lettuce is likely over.

Doptelet Approved for Chronic Liver Disease Patients With Thrombocytopenia

Doptelet Approved for Chronic Liver Disease Patients With Thrombocytopenia

Doptelet was approved for the treatment of thrombocytopenia in adult patients with chronic liver disease who are scheduled to undergo a procedure.

FDA Issues Mandatory Recall for Food Products Containing Powdered Kratom

FDA Issues Mandatory Recall for Food Products Containing Powdered Kratom

The agency took this action after Triangle Pharmanaturals LLC failed to cooperate with the FDA's request to conduct a voluntary recall.

H pylori Treatment Tied to Lower Metachronous Gastric Cancer Risk

H pylori Treatment Tied to Lower Metachronous Gastric Cancer Risk

Helicobacter pylori treatment is associated with a reduced rate of metachronous gastric cancer.

FDA: Vancomycin Liquid Oral Treatment Approved for C diff-Associated Diarrhea

FDA: Vancomycin Liquid Oral Treatment Approved for C diff-Associated Diarrhea

Vancomycin is the first liquid oral treatment for C diff-associated diarrhea.

Helicobacter pylori Infection Linked to Gallbladder Diseases

Helicobacter pylori Infection Linked to Gallbladder Diseases

Study aimed to clarify the prevalence of gallbladder diseases, and factors related to gallbladder diseases, and relationships between H pylori infection, gallstones, cholecystitis, and cholecystic polypus.

Delaying Rotavirus Vaccination Until Discharge Leads to Missed Opportunities

Delaying Rotavirus Vaccination Until Discharge Leads to Missed Opportunities

Study found that many hospitalized infants did not receive rotavirus vaccination before discharge and were no longer age-eligible for vaccination after discharge from the hospital.

Raw Flour Linked to Escherichia coli

Raw Flour Linked to Escherichia coli

Raw flour has been linked to E coli infections in 24 states.

Efficacy of Goshuyuto/Rabeprazole for Refractory H pylori

Efficacy of Goshuyuto/Rabeprazole for Refractory H pylori

Refractory Helicobacter pylori infection can be successfully treated with goshuyuto and rabeprazole.

Bezlotoxumab Reduces 30-Day Hospital Readmissions for C difficile Infection

Bezlotoxumab Reduces 30-Day Hospital Readmissions for C difficile Infection

Bezlotoxumab, given with antibacterials for Clostridium difficile, could be effective as a preventive treatment for C difficile infection.

Rotavirus Vaccine Linked to Decrease In Pediatric Gastroenteritis Hospitalizations

Rotavirus Vaccine Linked to Decrease In Pediatric Gastroenteritis Hospitalizations

Implementation of rotavirus vaccination correlated with a reduction in acute gastroenteritis related hospitalization rates among children.

Liver Cancer Mortality Rates Have Doubled Since Mid-1980s

Liver Cancer Mortality Rates Have Doubled Since Mid-1980s

Liver cancer has become the fastest growing cause of cancer deaths in the Unites States.

Intestinal Dysbiosis May Link ME/CFS With GI and Neurological Disturbances

Intestinal Dysbiosis May Link ME/CFS With GI and Neurological Disturbances

Findings indicate that dysbiotic features that are uniquely ME/CFS-associated may be masked by disturbances arising from the high prevalence of IBS co-morbidity in ME/CFS.

CDC Issues New Recommendations for Treating Shigella Infection

CDC Issues New Recommendations for Treating Shigella Infection

The CDC has issued an alert regarding new recommendations for the treatment of Shigella infection.

CDC Lists Top Pathogens for Foodborne Illnesses

CDC Lists Top Pathogens for Foodborne Illnesses

Researcher found that while Salmonella infections decreased, reported Yersinia, Cryptosporidium, and Shiga toxin-producing E coli infections increased.

Facilitating Care for Patients With Early Stage Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Facilitating Care for Patients With Early Stage Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Investigators proposed an algorithm to facilitate the decision-making process of clinical care for patients with very early hepatocellular carcinoma.

Acute Myocardial Infarction Common in Renal Transplant Recipients

Acute Myocardial Infarction Common in Renal Transplant Recipients

Acute STEMI accounted for 29.3% of renal transplant recipients admissions.

Strategies for Increasing Hepatocellular Carcinoma Screening

Strategies for Increasing Hepatocellular Carcinoma Screening

Outreach strategies doubled the percentage of patients with cirrhosis who underwent ultrasound screening for HCC.

GI Inflammation Linked to Type 1 Diabetes

GI Inflammation Linked to Type 1 Diabetes

Duodenal mucosa in type 1 diabetes present with disease-specific abnormalities and inflammation, according to researchers.

Is There a Link Between Enterovirus and Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes?

Is There a Link Between Enterovirus and Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes?

Frequent enterovirus infection has been linked to type 1 diabetes in children.

Elevated Bacterial Gastroenteritis Risk With Acid Suppression Drugs

Elevated Bacterial Gastroenteritis Risk With Acid Suppression Drugs

Higher rates of both Clostridium difficile- and Campylobacter- positive gastroenteritis were seen in both community and hospital settings.

H pylori Recurrence Low One Year After Eradication

H pylori Recurrence Low One Year After Eradication

Risk factors for recurrence were peptic ulcer, contact with infected people, and hospitalization.

FDA: New Data for Avycaz in Complicated UTI To Be Reviewed

FDA: New Data for Avycaz in Complicated UTI To Be Reviewed

FDA has accepted a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Avycaz for the addition of new Phase 3 data to the label.

Intrahepatic Lipid Content Reduced With Physical Activity

Intrahepatic Lipid Content Reduced With Physical Activity

For patients with NAFLD, physical activity might lower intrahepatic lipid content and markers of hepatocellular injury.

Enteropathogen Testing and Diarrhea Incidence

Enteropathogen Testing and Diarrhea Incidence

The burden of moderate-to-severe diarrhea on developing countries has been underestimated by previous research.

Researchers Test the 5-Second Rule

Researchers Test the 5-Second Rule

Rutgers University researchers examined the reality of the famed 5 second rule.

Common Cause of GI Illness Noted to be Highly Resistant to Antimicrobials

Common Cause of GI Illness Noted to be Highly Resistant to Antimicrobials

Antibiotic resistance to Salmonella is a serious concern for public health and clinical providers.

Whole Genome Sequencing Data May Help Track Antibiotic Resistance Patterns

Whole Genome Sequencing Data May Help Track Antibiotic Resistance Patterns

The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System is the only source of national information on antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens.

Both Concomitant, Sequential Treatment Effective as First-line Therapy for H pylori

Both Concomitant, Sequential Treatment Effective as First-line Therapy for H pylori

Eradication rates similar in areas with high resistance to clarithromycin.

Shigella Drug Resistance Increasing Among Clusters of MSM

Shigella Drug Resistance Increasing Among Clusters of MSM

Resistance to antimicrobial drugs up in all shigellosis clusters among men who have sex with men.

Microbiome Diversity Lower in Gut of Patients With Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome

Microbiome Diversity Lower in Gut of Patients With Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome

Tighter clustering of controls versus wider clustering of cases in UniFrac principal coordinate analysis.

Recommendations Updated for H. pylori Treatment Regimens in Adults

Recommendations Updated for H. pylori Treatment Regimens in Adults

All regimens should be given for 14 days; first-line strategies include quadruple therapies PAMC, PMBT.

Lab-Established Diagnosis Essential for Treating Persistent Diarrhea

Lab-Established Diagnosis Essential for Treating Persistent Diarrhea

Microbiological causes of protracted diarrhea include detectable parasitic and bacterial pathogens.

Seafood Company Halts Production After Food Safety Violations Found

Seafood Company Halts Production After Food Safety Violations Found

The consent decree was sought after the US Food and Drug Administration documented what they termed in a prepared statement as "serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and of Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations for foods."

Review Links Helicobacter pylori With Metabolic Syndrome

Review Links Helicobacter pylori With Metabolic Syndrome

Infection also linked to higher triglycerides, fasting blood glucose, BMI, HOMA-IR, systolic BP, lower HDL.

Human Gut Microbiome May Play Role in Diabetes, But More Research Needed

Human Gut Microbiome May Play Role in Diabetes, But More Research Needed

Questions linger about which bacteria are helpful and which are harmful.

For Patients With Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, Microbiome Plays Role in Infectious Complications

For Patients With Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, Microbiome Plays Role in Infectious Complications

Gastrointestinal microbiome diversity linked to infections for patients undergoing induction chemo.

Expanding Rare Bacterial Lineages May Contribute To Intestinal Dysbiosis in RA

Expanding Rare Bacterial Lineages May Contribute To Intestinal Dysbiosis in RA

Gut dysbiosis in patients with RA may result from the overabundance of certain bacterial lineages.

Severe Anemia May Increase Necrotizing Enterocolitis Risk in VLBW

Severe Anemia May Increase Necrotizing Enterocolitis Risk in VLBW

NEC risk not increased for RBC-transfused very low-birth-weight infants versus nontransfused.

Study: Drug-Induced Liver Injury From Chinese, Western Medications Varies

Study: Drug-Induced Liver Injury From Chinese, Western Medications Varies

Cases caused by Chinese herbal medicine have more hepatocellular injury and higher mortality.

Partial Restoration of Microbiomes for Infants Delivered by Cesarean

Partial Restoration of Microbiomes for Infants Delivered by Cesarean

Exposure to vaginal fluid at birth partially restores microbiota during first 30 days of life.

ACP Issues Hematuria Evaluation Guidelines

ACP Issues Hematuria Evaluation Guidelines

The ACP has released clinical guidelines for the evaluation of hematuria and referral practices.

Infant Delivery and Feeding Methods Could Affect Microbiome

Infant Delivery and Feeding Methods Could Affect Microbiome

Vaginal birth and breastfeeding create different intestinal bacteria from C-section and formula.

Positive Effects of Psychological Treatments Noted For IBS

Positive Effects of Psychological Treatments Noted For IBS

Treatments might help ease gastrointestinal symptoms for at least six months.

Small Study Shows Probiotics Effect in the ICU

Small Study Shows Probiotics Effect in the ICU

Probiotics did not help prevent or eliminate gastrointestinal colonization with drug-resistant organisms in patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) vs. standard care, researchers presented.

Changing Disinfection Process for Spinach, Leafy Greens May Reduce Foodborne Illness Rate

Changing Disinfection Process for Spinach, Leafy Greens May Reduce Foodborne Illness Rate

Greens are washed by commercial processes before they head to the grocery store. But these methods, which can include water and bleach rinses or irradiation, are not completely effective.

Pre-Referral Workup for Gastrointestinal And Liver Issues Can Be Optimized

Pre-Referral Workup for Gastrointestinal And Liver Issues Can Be Optimized

Delphi method can be used to extrapolate externally developed referral guidelines for local implementation.

Calls to Poison Centers Spike As Summer Gets Started

Calls to Poison Centers Spike As Summer Gets Started

Experts urge care with bleach, bug spray, gasoline, and picnic foods.

FDA: Two Drugs Approved for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

FDA: Two Drugs Approved for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves Viberzi (eluxadoline) and Xifaxan (rifaximin).

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