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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Health News: Inexpensive drug saves blood and money.♦ New strategy to lower blood sugar ♦ Drug-resistant bacteria in the gut overcome with fecal transplant

Highly effective seasickness treatment on the horizon The misery of motion sickness could be ended within five to 10 years thanks to a new treatment being developed by scientists.
Inexpensive drug saves blood and money. Using an inexpensive drug for every hip or knee replacement has helped one hospital reduced its number of red blood cell transfusions performed during these surgeries by more than 40 percent without negatively affecting patients..
Drug-resistant bacteria in the gut overcome with fecal transplant The gut is an important reservoir for drug-resistant bacteria responsible for life-threatening hospital-acquired infections. A study in mice reports that two of the most common antibiotic-resistant bacterial species circulating in hospitals occupy and effectively share the same location in the gut, and that they can be eliminated by fecal transplantation of a healthy gut microbiome.
New strategy to lower blood sugar may help in diabetes treatment? Working in mice, researchers showed they could reduce glucose production in the liver and lower blood sugar levels. They did so by shutting down a liver protein involved in making glucose, an approach that may help treat type 2 diabetes.
Targeting glucose production in liver may lead to new diabetes therapies A biological checkpoint known as the Mitochondrial Pyruvate Carrier is critical for controlling glucose production in the liver and could potentially be a new target for drugs to treat diabetes.

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