• Can Vitamin D Affect Risk of Ulcerative Colitis Relapse?

Can Vitamin D Affect Risk of Ulcerative Colitis Relapse?

Serum levels of vitamin D of 35 ng/mL or less in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) in clinical remission are associated with disease relapse, researchers report in the February issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Increasing patients’ levels of vitamin D might reduce their risk for UC relapse. Vitamin D

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  • Long-term Efficacy of Octreotide in Patients with Polycystic Kidney and Liver Disease

Long-term Efficacy of Octreotide in Patients with Polycystic Kidney and Liver Disease

Three years of long-acting release octreotide (octreotide LAR) significantly reduced liver volume in patients with polycystic kidney and liver disease, researchers found in a placebo-controlled study. These reductions, reported in the July issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, were maintained for 2 years after treatment ended. Polycystic liver disease (PLD)

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  • Can Blood Levels of Ammonia Predict Risk and Frequency of Hepatic Encephalopathy in Patients With Cirrhosis?

Can Blood Levels of Ammonia Predict Risk and Frequency of Hepatic Encephalopathy in Patients With Cirrhosis?

Fasting levels of ammonia (NH3) in blood identify patients at risk for complications of overt hepatic encephalopathy (HE), researchers report in the June issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Patients with HE might benefit from NH3-lowering therapy. Humans have no repository for excess dietary nitrogen, so we convert excess dietary

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Advances in PSC, NAFLD, and Liver Transplantation for Patients with HCV Infection reported at International Liver Congress

A chemical cousin of an existing drug shows promise for patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a larger waistline increases risk for severe nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and livers from hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected donors are safe for transplant into HCV-infected recipients were all among the exciting findings reported

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Peanut Consumption in Infancy not Only Prevents Allergy but Effects Persist After Avoidance

The benefits of regularly consuming peanut-containing foods early in life to prevent the development of peanut allergy persist even when subjects stopped peanut consumption for 1 year, a clinical study found. Early introduction of peanuts to infants at high risk for allergy was previously shown to prevent peanut allergy. In a

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  • Can Nutritional Therapy Help Patients with Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy?

Can Nutritional Therapy Help Patients with Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy?

Nutritional therapy for patients with cirrhosis and minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) not only improves their nutritional status, but increases cognitive function, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and liver function and reduces hospitalization, researchers report in the March issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. HE is a spectrum of neuropsychiatric abnormalities that develops in

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  • 5 Hospitalized and 1 Dead in Clinical Trial in France

5 Hospitalized and 1 Dead in Clinical Trial in France

Five men were hospitalized and 1 died after a drug trial in France, the country’s health minister announced on January 15. Marisol Touraine, the minister for social affairs, health, and women’s rights, said in a statement that her office was informed the evening of January 14 about a “serious accident”

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  • Do Patients Continue Behavioral, Relaxation, and Dietary Strategies for IBS?

Do Patients Continue Behavioral, Relaxation, and Dietary Strategies for IBS?

A combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation, and dietary strategies reduced symptoms and increased quality of life in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), compared with usual care, researchers report in the February issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The program produced sustainable behavioral changes in almost all participants after

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  • Is Combination Therapy Most Effective for HBV Infection?

Is Combination Therapy Most Effective for HBV Infection?

A significantly greater proportion of patients receiving a combination of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) and pegylated interferon-α (peginterferon) for 48 weeks lost hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), a marker of hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA transcriptional activity, compared to patients given the standard care (peginterferon or TDF alone), researchers report

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Should Patients with Crohn’s Disease Continue Receiving Immunomodulators When Starting Anti-TNF Therapy?

Continued use of immunomodulator therapy in patients with Crohn’s disease receiving anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapy is no more effective than anti-TNF monotherapy in inducing or maintaining response or remission, researchers show. The meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials is published in the December issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. There is debate

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