• What Endoscopic Techniques are Available for Weight Loss?

What Endoscopic Techniques are Available for Weight Loss?

Endoscopic techniques have been approved by the FDA for management of obesity, with many new devices and technologies in development. The pros and cons of these approaches, and the questions to be answered, are covered in a review article by Andrew C. Storm et al in the November issue of Clinical

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  • What Are the Best Endpoints for Trials of Agents for Ulcerative Colitis?

What Are the Best Endpoints for Trials of Agents for Ulcerative Colitis?

Despite advances in methods of clinical trials for ulcerative colitis (UC), there is still a large amount of variation in endpoints, even in definitions of response and remission, reseachers found in a systematic review published in the May issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The authors conclude that we need a

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  • Does Immunomodulator Therapy for IBD During Pregnancy Affect Newborn Response to Vaccines?

Does Immunomodulator Therapy for IBD During Pregnancy Affect Newborn Response to Vaccines?

Rates of adequate serologic response to Haemophilus influenzae B (HiB) and tetanus vaccines are similar among infants born to women with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) treated with immunomodulator or biologic agents compared to women who did not receive these immunosuppressive drugs during pregnancy, researchers report in the January issue of Clinical Gastroenterology

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  • What is the Active Ingredient in FMT for CDI?

What is the Active Ingredient in FMT for CDI?

Sterile fecal filtrates—containing bacterial debris, proteins, antimicrobial compounds, metabolic products, and microbial DNA, rather than intact microorganisms—appear to be effective for treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), researchers report in the March issue of Gastroenterology. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is an effective therapy of recurrent CDI—a single treatment resolves

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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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  • Do NSAIDs Prevent PEP?

Do NSAIDs Prevent PEP?

Rectal indomethacin does not prevent pancreatitis following endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), researchers report from a randomized controlled study published in the April issue of Gastroenterology. These findings contradict more than a decade of evidence that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) decrease the risk of post-ERCP pancreatitis (PEP). Acute pancreatitis is the

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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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Is Stretta an Effective Treatment for GERD?

An expensive radiofrequency ablation technique known as Stretta does not benefit patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), researchers report in the June issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. In a meta-analysis of randomized controlled studies, Seth Lipka et al found no evidence that Stretta normalized esophageal pH values, augmented lower esophageal

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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 Ways to Treat HCV Infection After Liver Transplant

New direct-acting agents against hepatitis C virus (HCV) can cure the infection when it recurs in patients with liver transplants. Researchers reported findings from 3 separate studies at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases last week in Boston. HCV is the leading

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