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 —
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.
Miguel Regueiro, MD, chair of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic, discusses how to position therapies for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.
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
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
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