• What’s Wrong With Herbal Supplements?

What’s Wrong With Herbal Supplements?

Herbal supplements, used by many people for weight loss and bodybuilding purposes but also to improve well-being and reduce symptoms of chronic diseases, have recently come under investigation because of uncertainty about their contents, safety, and efficacy. On February 3, the New York Times wrote that the New York State attorney general’s office accused 4 major retailers of selling

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  • Video: Which Patients with Crohn’s Disease Need a CT Scan?

Video: Which Patients with Crohn’s Disease Need a CT Scan?

Researchers have developed a system to identify patients with Crohn’s disease who do not require computed tomography (CT) evaluation, described by Shail M. Govani et al  in the October issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The system uses laboratory test results to avoid CT analysis, and thereby unnecessary exposure to radiation and increased cancer risk. People who come to the emergency department with

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Do Continuous-flow Left Ventricular Assist Devices Increase Risk of GI Bleeding and Thrombosis?

Continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices increase the risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding and thromboembolic events, researchers report in the September issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation results in improved survival and quality of life in patients with advanced heart failure. Continuous-flow LVADs (CF-LVADs) are

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Are IBD Drugs Safe During Pregnancy?

Researchers find no evidence that inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) during pregnancy, or medical treatment for IBD during pregnancy, increases risk for congenital abnormalities in children. The findings, based on a large database analysis, are published in the January issue of Gastroenterology. IBD frequently affects women of reproductive age, and is often

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What are the Effects of Albumin in Patients With SBP?

Albumin infusion prevents renal impairment and reduces mortality among patients with spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP), according to a meta-analysis published in the February issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. SBP is a common bacterial infection among cirrhotic patients and a dangerous complication of ascites. Mortality can reach 30% despite antibiotic

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High Rate of Complications from Colectomy for Ulcerative Colitis

Twenty-seven percent of patients who are treated for ulcerative colitis by colectomy experience postoperative complications, according to a study in the November issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Most patients with ulcerative colitis are successfully treated with medication, yet some have severe colitis attacks that can be life threatening. Approximately

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An Aspirin a Day Won’t Kill You, But it Might Cause GI Bleeding

Taking an aspirin a day reduces the risk for death, but increases odds of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, according to a large meta-analysis published in the September issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Daily low doses of acetylsalicylic acid (ASA, also known as aspirin, 75 to 325 mg per day) are

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