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Meningitis Outbreak: Michigan Attorney General Launches Investigation Into Contaminated Steroids

Following the death of 17 Michigan residents who contracted meningitis from contaminated steroids, the states attorney general said on Tuesday he is launching a criminal investigation into a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company linked to the deadly outbreak of meningitis.

Meningitis outbreak: Clinic didn't 'sell' tainted medicine, lawyers say

 Saint Thomas Hospital 

Citing multiple court decisions in Tennessee and more than 20 other states, lawyers for the outpatient center where patients were injected with a fungus-tainted steroid have asked that one of the major claims against the facility be dismissed.

More Infections Linked to Tainted Steroids

More Infections Linked to Tainted Steroids

By John  Gever, Deputy Managing Editor, MedPage Today
Published: May 31, 2013

ATLANTA  -  The CDC said it has now received reports of 20 infections in three states linked to injectable steroids distributed by a Tennessee compounding pharmacy, but none involved fungal meningitis.

Prepping for a Colonoscopy: Why It's a Necessary Evil

THURSDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) -- Let's face it: the very mention of the word "colonoscopy" is enough to make many people shudder, at least a bit. But, colonoscopy is an extremely effective cancer screening tool, and it's the only cancer screening that can actually prevent cancer from developing in the first place because doctors can remove precancerous polyps during the test.

3 Out Of 20 Gastrointestinal Scopes Improperly Cleaned, Contaminated With 'Bio Dirt'

 It might be time to start treating endoscopes like tattoo needles -- making sure  only unused ones go into your body -- because a new study has found that three  out of every 20 gastrointenstinal (GI) endoscopes were improperly cleaned and  found to harbor "bio dirt," including cells, matter, and bacteria leftover from  other patients. 

The study was conducted at five hospitals across the United States.  Researchers from 3M's Infection Prevention Division examined 275 flexible  endoscopes. Types examined include ones inserted through the mouth, such as  duodenoscopes, which examine the first section of the small intestine, and  gastroscopes, which look at the stomach. Researchers also inspected  colonoscopies, which are inserted through the anus to examine the colon. They  found that 30 percent of duodenoscopes, 24 percent of gastroscopes, and 3  percent of colonoscopies didn't pass a cleanliness rating test.

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