From the New York Times, a striking editorial suggests for the first time something that healthcare workers have long known firsthand–that if there is any flexibility in the healthcare system, it falls squarely on the shoulders of the people providing care. As author Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD states, “the one resource that seems endless —
Parambir S. Dulai, MD, and colleagues at the Division of Gastroenterology, University of California San Diego have written a thoughtful discussion on the problem with phenotypes in Crohn’s disease. We have long known that there are different types of disease, aggressiveness factors, and presentations. However, we tend to think of Crohn’s as one disease. Is
With state-by-state legalization of cannabis products, comes a surge in purported medical benefits. But caution remains that the interest in cannabinoids will lead to the old “snake oil” type of cure-all claims. The FDA has only approved one product containing CBD, for the treatment of of a specific type of seizures. Warning letters from the
A novel biologic agent lowered eosinophil counts and eased symptoms among patients with eosinophilic gastritis and eosinophilic gastroenteritis
“We know that women with inflammatory bowel disease when they are pregnant are at increased risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes,” Sunanda V. Kane, MD, a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting. Control of IBD has been felt to be fundamental for
The estimated cost of waste in the US health care system ranges from $760 billion to $935 billion, accounting for approximately 25% of total health care spending.
The increase in colorectal cancer cases among people under 50 seen in the United States is also occurring in other countries, according to a recent study. Nine of the 43 countries analyzed showed a decrease in CRC cases among those older than 50, like the US, but an increase in younger adults. See the review
An abstract presented this year at DDW supports the benefit of a multidisciplinary approach for those with severe functional GI disorders. To test the efficacy of a multidisciplinary care approach, researchers recruited 35 patients with a severe manifestation of a functional gastrointestinal disorder (FGID) — defined as having symptoms for more than 3 years that
A study in JAMA Network Open found that higher AST to ALT liver enzyme ratios, reduced ALT levels, and higher alkaline phosphatase readings were associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Specific markers such as poor cognition, elevated amyloid-beta accumulation, increased brain atrophy, and lower brain glucose metabolism were noted. The findings were based on PET, MRI, and
Dr. Lisa Strate from the University of Washington discusses this difficult topic in the attached video. At ACG 2018, Dr. Strate described the various presentations of symptomatic diverticular disease and reviewed current therapeutic approaches. See the video at the ACG Universe here.