What Happens to Infants Whose Mothers Took Anti-TNF Agents During Pregnancy?

Anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) agents can be detected in infants born to mothers with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) who took the drugs during pregnancy, researchers report in the July issue of Gastroenterology. Infliximab is cleared more slowly than adalimumab from infants. However, measureable levels in infants do not seem to be

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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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  • 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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  • Linking Herbal Supplements with Liver Injury

Linking Herbal Supplements with Liver Injury

Despite the perceived safety of herbal and dietary supplements, they can cause serious liver injury. In the July issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Simona Rossi and Victor J. Navarro discuss the scope, use, and regulation of herbal and dietary supplements, as well as the diagnosis of herbal and dietary

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What Patient Factors Affect Bowel Preparation for Colonoscopy?

Bowel preparation is suboptimal for about one third of adults older than 55 undergoing outpatient colonoscopy, says the March issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Diabetes and low level of patient engagement in their own health care contribute to less-than-optimal preparation, the researchers show. Colonoscopy is an important screening tool for

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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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Can We Increase the Sensitivity of Pancreatic Cancer Cells to Chemotherapeutics?

Researchers have identified small molecules that increase the ability of chemotherapeutic agents to kill pancreatic cancer cells and slow tumor growth in mice, according to the February issue of Gastroenterology. One way that chemotherapeutics such gemcitabine, 5-fluorouracil, and platinum-based compounds kill cancer cells is by causing tumor suppressor proteins to

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Is Cardiac Surgery Safe for Patients With Cirrhosis?

Patients with compensated cirrhosis who undergo cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass do not have greater post-operative mortality or morbidity than other patients who receive this surgery, according to the May issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Advanced liver disease is a significant risk factor for complications after cardiac surgery, but

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