Olympus was slapped with another lawsuit over devices implicated in a superbug outbreak at UCLA Medical Center, adding to the company's mounting heap of litigation as it faces pushback from affected patients and families.
The U.S. Department of Justice subpoenaed Olympus Medical Systems in the latest portion of the long-unfurling saga of how and why duodenoscopes routinely used in colonoscopies and upper gastrointestinal tract examinations have continued to be a problematic source for the spread of deadly bacteria for years.
A group of UCLA researchers has come up with a new method designed to deliver nanoparticles, enzymes, antibodies, bacteria and other "large-sized" cargo into mammalian cells at the rate of 100,000 cells per minute--way faster than any of the other methods now in use.
Researchers at UCLA have developed a new method for the delivery of large molecules into cells. The tool has shown in early tests that it can shuttle nanoparticles, enzymes, antibodies, bacteria and other materials into cells at up to 100,000 cells per minute.
Less than a week after the FDA warned healthcare providers that endoscopes' design could make them more difficult to clean, contributing to the spread of drug-resistant bacteria, Olympus is facing the first patient suit over the devices stemming from a "superbug" outbreak at the UCLA Health System in California.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to update the labels for duodenoscopes linked to the recent "superbug" outbreak that were inadequately cleaned, according to a Reuters report.
Investigators at the University of California, Los Angeles, have found that a drug being studied for a rare genetic disorder called Gaucher disease also appears to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease in mice.
Researchers have developed a device that could determine how soon patients should be fed following surgery. Patients with the intestinal problem postoperative ileus fall sick if they eat too soon after surgery and must stay in the hospital for an additional two to three days.
Soon, there will be a device to cure some forgetfulness if the Department of Defense's four-year grant of up to $40 million succeeds in fostering implants and electronic interfaces that diagnose and treat memory loss due to traumatic brain injury.
The University of California, Los Angeles, has received $4 million from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, $2 million of which will go to the Broad Stem Cell Research Center with the other $2 million supporting the university's Division of Digestive Diseases.