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Lab-Tested Diagnosis Needed When Treating Patients with Persistent Diarrhea

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Persistent diarrhea, which is diarrhea that lasts at least 14 days, is an illness typically caused by parasites or bacteria and requires accurate diagnosis in order to determine what treatment to give, according to Herbert L. DuPont, M.D., director of the Center for Infectious Diseases at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health.

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Key to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Is in Your Gut, Not Head

Physicians have been mystified by chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition where normal exertion leads to debilitating fatigue that isn’t alleviated by rest. There are no known triggers, and diagnosis requires lengthy tests administered by an expert. Now, for the first time, Cornell University researchers report they have identified biological markers of the disease in gut bacteria and inflammatory microbial agents in the blood.

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Diabetes Raises Risk of Heart Attack Death by 50 Percent

Having diabetes increases the risk of dying from the effects of a heart attack by around 50 per cent, according to a widespread study.

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UW-Led Team Awarded $1M Bioelectronics Innovation Prize

An international team led by researchers at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) based at the University of Washington is one of three finalists in a race to produce an implantable wireless device that can assess, stimulate and block the activity of nerves that control organs.

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Probing Proteins’ 3D Structures, Are We Ready for the Moonshot, A Better Prognostic Tool For Brain Cancer, and More in the Cancer News Source

Personalized Medicine Leads to Better Outcomes; Phase 1 Study Results of Selinexor Combination Therapy for Multiple Myeloma Patients; and the Latest from ASCO Sessions in the Cancer News Source

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Wide Geographic Differences in Treatment of Diabetes, The Stress-Diabetes Link, Intensive Treatment of Glucose Levels Can Lead to Serious Complications, and More in the Diabetes News Source

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Challenges of Custom-Engineering Living Tissue, Marriage Could Improve Heart Attack Survival, Bleeding Hearts Predict Future Heart Failure, and More in the Cardiovascular Health News Source

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Baylor Scott & White Researchers Present Novel Findings at Digestive Disease Week® 2016

Baylor Scott & White Research Institute scientists presented breakthrough findings at this year’s Digestive Disease Week® (DDW). DDW is the world’s largest and most prestigious gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery.

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Dr. David E. Cohen Named Chief of Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

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Dr. David E. Cohen, an internationally renowned physician-scientist who combines clinical care as a hepatologist with research focused on obesity-related liver disease, has been named chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, effective July 1.

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Swine Researcher to Share Expertise on Colibacillosis

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“It’s the diarrhea that can kill you,” noted professor emeritus David Francis, an expert on colibacillosis, an intestinal disease that affects newborn and weanling pigs. The toxin-producing E. Coli bacterium that causes the swine disease is similar to the organism responsible for traveler’s diarrhea in humans. Francis will speak at the 24th International Veterinary Conference in Dublin, Ireland, June 7-10.

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Room for Improvement in End-of-Life Care, Rethinking Hospital Alarms and more in the Healthcare News Source

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Gut Microbes’ Metabolite Dampens Proliferation of Intestinal Stem Cells

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Intestinal stem cells are located in “pockets” in the intestine to avoid contact with a metabolite abundantly produced by normal gut microbes. That metabolite – butyrate – suppresses stem cell proliferation, potentially interfering with the gut’s ability to repair itself after disease or injury.

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Sea Urchins Defy Aging, Study Identifies How Brain Connects Memories Across Time, Regular Exercise at Any Age Might Stave Off Alzheimer’s, and more in the Aging News Source

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Gut Bacteria May Contribute to Poor Health in Patients with Kidney Disease

• In patients with chronic kidney disease, those with more advanced disease had higher blood levels of the bacterial metabolite phenylacetylglutamine. • Patients with high phenylacetylglutamine had an elevated risk of developing cardiovascular disease as well as a heightened risk of dying prematurely.

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Dana-Farber Research Presented at 2016 ASCO Conference

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Select studies Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers are presenting at the meeting

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Common Antimicrobial Agent Rapidly Disrupts Gut Bacteria

A new study suggests that triclosan, an antimicrobial and antifungal agent found in many consumer products ranging from hand soaps to toys and even toothpaste, can rapidly disrupt bacterial communities found in the gut.

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Drop in Childhood Obesity Cannot Be Explained by Health Behaviors, The Latest in Heart Defect Prediction Tech, Eating After 8pm Not Linked to Childhood Obesity, and more Children's Health News

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Investigational Therapy May Treat Life-Threatening GI Leaks Without Surgery

Researchers repurposing E-Vac procedure to treat issues in the gastrointestinal tract.

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