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Multidisciplinary care for severe IBS shows improvement over GI care alone

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

Liver enzymes tied to Alzheimer’s

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

How do you fight fake medical news? With real news!

Fake medical news has driven the anti-vaccination movement to the point where the US may lose it’s status as “eradicated”. Hawksters prey on the suspicion patients have for traditional medicine, and sell detoxifying agents, probiotics, “special” tests, and even parasites and stool transplant kits. How do we combat this? @AustinChiangMD has become a leader in

C. dif and IBD patients benefit from FMT

Patients with both Clostridiodes difficile infection and inflammatory bowel disease showed improvement after fecal microbiota transplantation, Jessica Allegretti, MD, director of the FMT program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said during a presentation at Digestive Disease Week. The ICON study took place at four sites across the US. Results for FMT in C. dif alone

Failed PPI Therapy and Functional Esophageal Disorders

As many as 45% of patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) still have symptoms after receiving a once-daily proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy. A recent study by Jason Abdallah and colleagues at MetroHealth Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, utilized survey, pH, and other data. Although a small trial, the findings showed