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
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.
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
Physician burnout is really “moral injury”. In combat veterans moral injury is called post-traumatic stress; among physicians it’s portrayed as burnout. It’s a symptom of a bigger problem, the failures of our healthcare system.
An article from New York Times, discusses the possibility of PTSD resulting from unremembered medical procedures using medications like midazolam. Is this possible? I believe it is. If people can be traumatized by injury, sexual assault, and childhood abuse that they have repressed from their memories completely, then why not?
An artificial intelligence system with deep learning has been proposed to automatically detect erosions and ulcerations in WCE images.
The FDA recently released results of a review that found an increased risk of aortic ruptures or tears with the use of fluoroquinolones. As part of the safety warning, the FDA has recommendations for providers, including avoidance of fluoroquinolones in patients with a history of aortic aneurysm or those at risk for an aneurysm; to
Research recently published in the seminal journal Gastroenterology failed to find evidence of alterations in key markers of bone formation and metabolism in postmenopausal women on PPI’s. The study examined calcium absorption, serum or urine mineral levels, parathyroid hormone, Vitamin D status, or bone-mineral density with 6 months of PPI therapy. The prospective double-blind study
An online survey conducted in 2016 of a nationally representative group of 878 adults ages 65 and older found 59.4% did not want to talk about their life expectancy. Presented with a hypothetical situation that they were not immediately dying but had a shortened life expectancy, 59.9% indicated life expectancy discussions should not be initiated
William Chey, MD, FACG, of the University of Michigan Health System, conducted the survey of 800 patients and 200 gastroenterologists. Shire Pharmaceuticals sponsored the survey. One of the main highlights of the survey, according to Chey, was that more than half of the patients reported that they spent more than an hour a day on