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Third transplant patient dies of mold infection in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh - Three transplant patients have died at a Pittsburgh medical center after contracting a fungal infection, prompting the closure of a cardio-thoracic intensive care unit as authorities work to find the source of the mold.

Probiotic trial fails in ICU pilot study

New York - A large-scale study examining the effects of probiotics (beneficial bacteria) in preventing gastrointestinal colonization with drug-resistant bugs in intensive care units (ICUs) has not been successful, researchers report.

ICU’s effects on gut microbes

Lengthy spells in intensive care units can alter the gut microflora, according to a new study. When a patient spends a long time in ICU the gut seems to undergo near-complete ecologic collapse. This has major health consequences.

Drug bought online puts three teens in hospital

Ajax - Three Ontario teenagers are recovering after experimenting with a chemical compound they purchased online. One of the teens was admitted to intensive care.

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