An increasing number of doctors are performing fecal transplants to treat Clostridium difficile. Several case reports have shown that the procedure, which involves the transplant of stool from a healthy donor into the colon of a sick patient, can improve the situation of those infected with the superbug. Some experts, however, caution that the technique still needs to undergo traditional testing methods before it can be said with more certainty that the fecal transplant, and not some other factor, is causing the improvement.
A FasterCures report, Crossing Over the Valley of Death, highlights the gap in funding and support needed to translate research into treatment, and what can be done to bridge that gap. To that end, Partnering for Cures, held this week in New York, will bring together the sectors needed to turn a discovery into a cure, "to forge collaborations and participate in outcome-focused dialogue about the challenges facing medical research," FasterCures Executive Director Margaret Anderson said.
The Christiana Care Health Systems in Delaware provides nurses with opportunities to practice in their areas of expertise or interest, and allows them to develop the medical, psychosocial skills needed to successfully treat HIV/AIDs patients. The system uses a tiered approach to care and maximizes nurses' roles in triage and patient management, the HIV program director said.
In an effort to help cancer researchers, Complete Genomics plans to equip its whole genome sequencing offering with a new service to provide computational analysis of copy number variations and structural mutations in tumors. The new service will be offered at no additional cost. "This gives researchers a new avenue for understanding the genetic causes of cancer," said Cliff Reid, Complete Genomics' chief executive.