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Olympus slapped with suits from UCLA superbug patients over endoscope devices

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.

FDA in midst of updating endoscope labels implicated in 'superbug' infections

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.

Amicus drug improves Parkinson's symptoms in mice

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.

UCLA researchers develop wearable biosensor for detecting GI disorder postsurgery

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.

DOD awards $40M for wireless implant for memory loss due to brain injury

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.

UCLA gets $4M for stem cell, digestive disease research

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.

UCLA, working with a Chinese partner, will build a high-tech Dx lab in Shanghai

The University of California and a Chinese company will launch a high-end medical lab in Shanghai expected to handle molecular diagnostics and other tests for Chinese patients. They're billing the initiative as the first of its kind between a Chinese company and a U.S. academic medical center.

Dual-wave approach clears path for cancer drug delivery

To get through a dense jungle, you'll need to clear a path. Similarly, to get past a thick network of scaffolding that often prevents drugs from reaching cancer cells, UCLA researchers have developed nanoparticles capable of clearing a path for drugs to pass through to a tumor.

UCLA slams the door on GlaxoSmithKline's latest R&D competition

GlaxoSmithKline's latest attempt to enlist the academic community in its translational research efforts has won a chilly reception from the upper echelon of UCLA.

Therapeutic could heal wounds faster

Chronic or nonhealing sores or wounds can be caused by a number of factors, including diabetes, surgery, severe skin irritations, burns, traumatic accidents or impaired blood flow. As diabetes and obesity rates in the U.S. soar, these types of wounds are becoming more common, and the cost to treat them is on the rise.