Fecal transplant research for ulcerative colitisJul132015

Researchers are questioning whether the stool transplants could work for bowel diseases other than C. difficile, such as ulcerative colitis. However, the first trials looking at whether ulcerative colitis could be treated with an infusion of a healthy person’s stool produced confusing results…

Read the full article on the Hamilton Spectator website.

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Opinion article: Lyme disease is real but no epidemicJul132015

From the Montreal Gazette:

“Acute Lyme disease, of course, is very real. It is an infection caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and gets spread to humans via bites from ticks of the Ixodes species. Adult ticks prefer to feed on white-tailed deer, but if an unassuming human happens by, they will happily latch on to the skin and feed on their host’s blood. The tick passes the bacteria to the human, who then gets sick. Fortunately, the infection can be cured with a two- to four-week course of antibiotics.

Post Lyme disease syndrome, sometimes called chronic Lyme disease, is a completely different problem. It is usually used to describe the headache, fatigue and joint pain that can persist for months after an infection is eradicated. The exact cause of these symptoms is unclear, although some of it may be residual inflammation after the infection.”

Read the full article here.


McMaster researchers develop new infection testJul102015

Researchers from Hamilton’s McMaster University have created a new test that can identify diseases like hepatitis C and C. difficile much earlier than ever before.

Dr. Yingfu Li, a biochemistry and biomedical sciences professor, said the test allows doctors to get results in a matter of hours as opposed to days. It can also detect infections in lower concentrations that would otherwise be missed in regular tests.

Read the full article on CBC news.


Accreditation Canada – Reprocessing of Reusable Medical Devices – Request for InputJun232015

The following information being distributed on behalf of Accreditation Canada.

Dear Colleagues:

As part of our regular cycle of revisions to ensure currency, Accreditation Canada has revised the following set of standards:

Reprocessing of Reusable Medical Devices Standards

Please visit our website, or click here to access an overview of the changes, review the standards, and provide your input. Please forward this link to staff or service providers within your organization that are involved in these activities so that they have the opportunity to review and provide feedback on the standards.

The consultation takes place from June 17 to July 29, 2015.

Thank you in advance for your interest and sharing your expertise.