• Can Curcumin Treat Mild-to-Moderate Ulcerative Colitis?

Can Curcumin Treat Mild-to-Moderate Ulcerative Colitis?

Addition of curcumin to mesalamine therapy increases its ability to induce clinical and endoscopic remission in patients with mild-to-moderate active ulcerative colitis (UC), researchers show in the August issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Patients with mild-to-moderate UC are usually treated with oral and/or topical mesalamine. Those who do not

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  • Does Weight Loss Resolve Fatty Liver Disease?

Does Weight Loss Resolve Fatty Liver Disease?

Two separate studies in the August issue of Gastroenterology show that weight loss, via diet or bariatric surgery, reduce features of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Eduardo Vilar-Gomez et al associated extent of weight loss, produced by lifestyle changes, with level of improvement in histologic features of NASH. The highest rates of NASH reduction

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  • Is FMT Ready for IBD?

Is FMT Ready for IBD?

Despite promising findings from 2 studies of fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in patients with ulcerative colitis, the technology should remain in clinical trials and is not ready for routine practice in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), write Ari M. Grinspan and Colleen R. Kelly in an editorial. The success of FMT

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  • Can we Promote Liver Regeneration in Patients with Decompensated Cirrhosis?

Can we Promote Liver Regeneration in Patients with Decompensated Cirrhosis?

The combination of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) and a long-acting form of erythropoietin increases survival of patients with decompensated cirrhosis, researchers report in the June issue of Gastroenterology. The growth factor combination also improved liver function and reduced risk for septic shock within 1 y of treatment. Decompensation in patients

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  • New Approaches to IBS and IBD, But Concerns About PPIs, Highlighted at DDW

New Approaches to IBS and IBD, But Concerns About PPIs, Highlighted at DDW

A new test to identify diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (D-IBS) and a new class of drugs to treat ulcerative colitis were presented at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) in Washington DC, May 15–19. Researchers also warned that many residents of nursing homes are being inappropriately given proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Mark Pimentel

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  • Is Fecal Calprotectin a Good Marker of Crohn’s Disease Recurrence?

Is Fecal Calprotectin a Good Marker of Crohn’s Disease Recurrence?

The fecal concentration of calprotectin can be used to monitor for recurrence of Crohn’s disease, with a high enough negative predictive value that physicians can be confident they won’t miss patients with recurrent disease, researchers report in the May issue of Gastroenterology. Approximately 80% of patients with Crohn’s disease require surgery

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  • Video: Efficacy of Obeticholic Acid in Patients With Primary Biliary Cirrhosis

Video: Efficacy of Obeticholic Acid in Patients With Primary Biliary Cirrhosis

Obeticholic acid significantly reduces biochemical features of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) in patients with an inadequate response to ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) therapy, Gideon M. Hirschfield et al report in the April issue of Gastroenterology. Hirschfield discusses the details of the study and its findings in a video abstract: PBC is a progressive, autoimmune

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  • An Effective and Long-lasting Hepatitis E Vaccine

An Effective and Long-lasting Hepatitis E Vaccine

A long-term study of a hepatitis E virus (HEV) vaccine showed that it is 86.8% effective and that immunity can last for up to 4.5 years. In a blinded, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial, Jun Zhang et al randomly assigned 112,604 healthy adults in Dongtai (in the Jiangsu province of China)

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New Programs Track Off-Label Use of Targeted Cancer Drugs

Two programs are underway to track off-label use of targeted cancer drugs and patient outcomes, as well as facilitate patient access to these agents. According to Nature News, more than 60% of US prescriptions for cancer drugs are for off-label use—often because patients have a tumor with a feature or

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  • Can Mesalamine Prevent Diverticulitis Recurrence?

Can Mesalamine Prevent Diverticulitis Recurrence?

Mesalamine is no better than placebo in preventing recurrent diverticulitis, and is not recommended for its treatment, researchers conclude from 2 international phase 3 studies. The findings are published in the October issue of Gastroenterology. Diverticular disease is characterized by formation of small pouches (diverticula) that push outward through weak spots in the colon wall.  Diverticulitis

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