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Loyola Investigators Show That Oral Spores of Harmless C. difficile Prevent Repeated C. difficile Infection

n what is a major step towards the prevention of recurring bouts of Clostridium difficile (Cdiff) infection, an international team led by Dale Gerding, MD, Hines Veterans Administration (VA) research physician and professor of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, has shown that giving spores of non-toxic Cdiff by mouth is effective in stopping repeated bouts of Cdiff infection which occurs in 25-30 percent of patients who suffer an initial episode of diarrhea or colitis. The study is published in the May 5 issue of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) and is the focus of a JAMA-produced video.

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New Biomarkers May Shorten Year-Long Diagnosis to Days

Scientists have identified new biomarkers that could distinguish Sjögren’s Syndrome (SS) from other autoimmune diseases in days or weeks, improving on a current time to diagnosis of four-plus years. The research is being presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) this week in Denver, Colo

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3-D Fossil Scans, Virtual Visits to Archeological Sites and Simulated Excavations are Highlights in Wellesley edX Course

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Wellesley College has announced the second run of the popular WellesleyX course Anthropology 207x: Introduction to Human Evolution. The course, which is open and free of cost to anyone with an Internet connection anywhere in the world, will begin on May 6.

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25th Year of GTR Begins with Revised Satellite Dataset

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Global Temperature Report: April 2015

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“Fuzzy Thinking” in Depression & Bipolar Disorder: New Research Finds Effect Is Real

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People with depression or bipolar disorder often feel their thinking ability has gotten “fuzzy”, or less sharp than before their symptoms began. Now, researchers have shown in a large study that effect is indeed real – and rooted in brain activity differences that show up on advanced brain scans.

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CERTIFIED: Improved Structure Firefighting Glove Approved for Use

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National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA) has certified new improved structure glove for firefighters use. Glove was developed by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate.

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Enhancing Emergency Medical Care for Seniors Could Reduce Hospital Admissions

Applying palliative care principles to emergency departments may reduce the number of geriatric patients admitted to intensive care units.

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