Surgeons identify rates of C. difficile infection in patients undergoing common colon operations

Clostridium difficile infection is the most common hospital-acquired infection and a significant cause of increased hospital stay and cost for patients and payors alike. In the May issue of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, surgeons from George Washington University Hospital sought to identify rates of C. difficile infection in patients undergoing common types of […]

Scientists find link between over-accumulation of mitochondrial iron and Huntington’s disease

Scientists at the University of Wyoming have found that mice engineered to have Huntington’s disease (HD) have an over-accumulation of iron in their mitochondria. The research identifying a pathway for the neurodegenerative disease also has relevance to understanding related disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease, says Jonathan Fox, a professor in […]

ESMO: New system to rank relevance of treatable cancer genetic mutations needed

ESMO, the leading professional organization for medical oncology, welcomes the latest reports from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) as a major resource for researchers across the world and calls for increased across-the-board commitment to translate these efforts into medical advances for the benefit of cancer patients. The TCGA collaboration conducted genome analysis, called the Pan-Cancer […]

Road salt increases groundwater salinization in certain hotspots

Road salt applied during the winter lingers in the environment, where it can pollute drinking water supplies. In a recent study in the Journal of Environmental Quality, researchers identify landscape and geological characteristics linked to elevated well water salinity in a suburban township in Southeastern New York. Victoria Kelly, lead author and Environmental Monitoring Program […]