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FDA warns fecal transplants may contain deadly drug-resistant bacteria

FDA warns fecal transplants may contain deadly drug-resistant bacteria

The FDA has issued a new advisory that reveals one patient has died as a consequence of an investigational fecal microbiota transplant (FMT). Though the agency doesn't oppose these investigational studies into the potential benefits of FMTs, it warns that there are serious risks associated with undergoing the treatment, namely the transmission of bacteria that is resistant to a variety of drugs.

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Ebola outbreak risks international spread but isn’t formal emergency says WHO

Ebola outbreak risks international spread but isn’t formal emergency says WHO

Following its emergency committee meeting today, WHO reports that while the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the DRC and Uganda is deeply concerning, it doesn't meet the criteria for an international emergency declaration. The meeting over whether the declaration should be made included 'differing views' from experts, according to WHO, which acknowledges the spread into Uganda represents an international spread of the virus.

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Salmonella resistant to ‘last resort’ antibiotics found in the US

Salmonella resistant to ‘last resort’ antibiotics found in the US

Researchers have announced that for the first time, evidence of salmonella resistant to 'last resort' antibiotics has been discovered in the United States. The evidence comes in the form of a gene called mcr-3.1 that causes the antibiotic resistance. Though the gene has already been identified in Asia, researchers say this is the first time it has been identified in a sample taken from a patient in the US.

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Ebola outbreak deaths confirmed as emergency WHO meeting called

Ebola outbreak deaths confirmed as emergency WHO meeting called

On June 11, the World Health Organization announced that officials have confirmed the presence of Ebola virus disease in Uganda, marking the first known instance of the virus spreading from the ongoing crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On Friday, officials will gather in a meeting to decide whether the Ebola epidemic should be declared an emergency situation that may potentially impact international populations.

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Study reveals Alzheimer’s vaccine protected mice from impairment

Study reveals Alzheimer’s vaccine protected mice from impairment

Researchers have announced the development of a vaccine that may prevent the formation of tau accumulation in the brain, in particular the tau tangles implicated in the development of Alzheimer's disease. The news comes amid ongoing efforts to develop an effective Alzheimer's treatment, something officials have called critical as the number of cases are projected to skyrocket over coming years.

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Blood pressure medication recall expands over cancer risk

Blood pressure medication recall expands over cancer risk

The FDA has announced that Teva Pharmaceuticals USA is expanding its voluntary recall of high blood pressure medication losartan potassium. The recall started on April 25 in the US, and has now been expanded to cover another six lots of bulk losartan potassium USP tablets. The recall is due to an impurity that may cause cancer in some high blood pressure patients.

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Sleeping in the glow of artificial light may sabotage weight loss

Sleeping in the glow of artificial light may sabotage weight loss

Sleeping under the glow of a television screen may result in gradual weight gain, a new study warns. Researchers with the NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences looked at women ages 35 to 74 years and found a link between sleeping with artificial light, weight gain, and increased risk of becoming obese. The study joins a growing body of research into the negative effects of artificial light.

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Breakthrough type 1 diabetes drug trial delays disease after just 14 days

Breakthrough type 1 diabetes drug trial delays disease after just 14 days

A simple drug could dramatically delay the development of type 1 diabetes, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco have found, the first time doctors have been able to slow or prevent the disease. Type 1 diabetes affects around two million people in the US alone, with more than 200,000 cases identified each year. While it can be treated, so far there's no cure.

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Study links people who don’t get enough sleep to poor nutrition

Study links people who don’t get enough sleep to poor nutrition

Poor sleep has been linked to poor nutrition, but it's unclear why the two may appear together. The association between the issues was revealed in a study that looked at National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data, according to the American Society for Nutrition, which found that people who sleep less than seven hours per night may also lack adequate levels of vital nutrients.

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Dietary supplements are causing ‘severe’ health issues in kids

Dietary supplements are causing ‘severe’ health issues in kids

A new study led by Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health warns that dietary supplements are causing serious health issues in some kids and teens who consume them. These supplements, which are typically available to purchase over-the-counter at places like gas stations and grocery stores, claim to offer benefits like better energy and improved sports performance.

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Elderly care in USA depends on immigrants study shows

Elderly care in USA depends on immigrants study shows

The Institute of Medicine projected that 3.5 million new health care workers will be needed by 2030. A study published this week in Health Affairs by Harvard Medical School researchers looked into the role immigrant labor plays in care for America's elderly and disabled. Without immigrants, it would seem, US-born elderly and disabled citizens would have significantly less and lower quality available health care and long-term care sector assistance.

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Vaping firms get nicotine warning as Feds target influencer promos

Vaping firms get nicotine warning as Feds target influencer promos

US watchdogs are cracking down on vape liquid firms using social media influencers to push e-cigarette products, warning several brands over missing health disclaimers. The move comes after the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced they'd be going after companies pushing e-liquid products on kids, part of a crackdown in general on vaping.

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