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New enzyme blocks gluten, relieves symptoms of gluten intolerance

New research may have found an enzyme that can relieve symptoms in gluten-sensitive people.

VA Directive including EndoSheath

From United States Department of Veterans Affairs: On March 23, 2016 the National Program Office for Sterile Processing put out a directive (attached) to all Veterans Health Facilities around the country. The directive was issued by David J. Shulkin, M.D., the Under Secretary for Health.  The directive provides procedures for the decontamination, high-level disinfection (HLD), [...]

Qmed: How Olympus’s Superbug Problem Just Got Worse

A new congressional report finds that infections related to a special endoscope, mostly manufactured by Olympus, were even more widespread than previously thought.

VIDEO: Medical Industry Call for Action At Place Where Joan Rivers Met Her Fate…

New York Assemblyman David Weprin, Bill Drake of the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association and David Schwartz of Citizens for Safe Endoscopy gather at the medical office where comedian Joan Rivers died as a result of an unsafe procedure.

NY Post: Clinic where Joan Rivers died urged to adopt safer practices

Members of Citizens for Safe Endoscopy flocked to Yorkville Endoscopy on the Upper East Side, where the Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest during minor throat surgery in September 2014, to demand that doctors tell patients about a safer procedure.

Bloomberg: Senate Report Says FDA Fails to Ensure Medical Devices Are Safe

From Bloomberg: The report, from Senator Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat, blames device manufacturers, hospitals, and the Food and Drug Administration for infections that sickened at least 250 people worldwide since 2012 and that may have contributed to dozens of deaths. The series of outbreaks went on for years before safety problems with the endoscopes came to [...]

Daily News: Sedated endoscopic procedures, like Joan Rivers’, waste $15B

From the New York Daily News: The medical community, medical device makers and government agencies are allowing patients to blow billions a year by allowing unnecessary endoscopic procedures. Members of the medical community, certain medical device manufacturers and government regulatory agencies are allowing patients to spend an extra $15 billion dollars a year by allowing [...]

NY Times: Study Finds Growing Reason to Be Wary of Some Reflux Drugs

From The New York Times: Maybe you have seen television ads starring the beefy, affable comedian and actor known as Larry the Cable Guy. In his sleeveless shirt and gimme cap, he’s driving a monster truck or streaking along on a jet ski, pausing to chomp on a turkey drumstick or a barbecued rib, all [...]

Morning Consult: David Schwartz on Skyrocketing Health Costs, Obamacare, and the Special Interests

The higher cost of living longer is one important variable that cannot be attributed to the expensive Obamacare jig saw puzzle. But what about the role of the health care industry itself?

VIDEO: Dr. Jonathan Aviv Performs a TNE and The Importance of Safe Endoscopy

Citizens for Safe Endoscopy's David Schwartz talks with Dr. Jonathan Aviv about safer methods of endoscopy and has a TNE performed on camera.