• Summer Edition of the AGA Clinician’s Companion

Summer Edition of the AGA Clinician’s Companion

The summer edition of the AGA Clinician’s Companion—the new go-to resource for busy clinicians who can’t afford to spend hours sifting through research to find clinical value—is out! This latest edition of the AGA Clinician’s Companion, published online quarterly, summarizes research findings most relevant to clinicians on the risk of

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Addition of Nucleic Acid Polymers Improves Outcomes of Patients With HBV Infection

Addition of nucleic acid polymers (NAPs), which inhibit assembly and secretion of hepatitis B virus (HBV) subviral particles, to tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) and pegIFN therapy significantly increased rates of HBsAg loss and seroconversion, and functional cure, after therapy, researchers report in Gastroenterology. Chronic HBV infection causes progressive liver fibrosis,

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  • AGA Clinical Practice Update: Pause IBD Meds For Patients With COVID-19

AGA Clinical Practice Update: Pause IBD Meds For Patients With COVID-19

Patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) with COVID-19 should delay biological therapies, restarting them once symptoms are gone, says a clinical practice update from the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). The practice update, written by David T Rubin et al, says that patients with IBD who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 but

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What Treatments Are Effective for Chronic Nausea and Vomiting?

Gastric electrical stimulation reduces vomiting in patients with refractory chronic vomiting and/or nausea, researchers report in a randomized trial published in the February issue of Gastroenterology. Chronic nausea and vomiting are estimated to affect 2.2% of the adult population. For many patients, dietary changes and medical treatments do not improve symptoms,

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  • Is There a Treatment for Patients With Celiac Disease Who Accidentally Ingest Gluten?

Is There a Treatment for Patients With Celiac Disease Who Accidentally Ingest Gluten?

The oral steroid budesonide is effective in treatment of acute symptoms from gluten exposure in patients with celiac disease, researchers report in the January issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The only established treatment for celiac disease is gluten avoidance. However, even when patients follow gluten-free diets, they can accidentally ingest

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  • What Drugs Can Reduce Risk of Colorectal Cancer?

What Drugs Can Reduce Risk of Colorectal Cancer?

Use of phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitors (commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction) is associated with a 35% reduction in risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) among male patients with benign colorectal neoplasms, researchers report in the September issue of Gastroenterology. The decreased risk of CRC was associated with an increased cumulative dose

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  • Efficacy and Safety of Besifovir Dipivoxil Maleate in a Phase 3 Trial of Patients With Chronic HBV Infection

Efficacy and Safety of Besifovir Dipivoxil Maleate in a Phase 3 Trial of Patients With Chronic HBV Infection

The efficacy of 48 weeks treatment with besifovir dipivoxil maleate (BSV) for chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is comparable to that of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), with durable effects for 96 weeks, researchers report in the August issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. BSV has a better safety profile

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  • Lusutrombopag Reduces Need for Platelet Transfusion in Patients With Thrombocytopenia and Chronic Liver Disease

Lusutrombopag Reduces Need for Platelet Transfusion in Patients With Thrombocytopenia and Chronic Liver Disease

Lusutrombopag, an oral small molecule agonist of the thrombopoietin receptor, achieves and maintains target platelet count in patients with chronic liver disease and thrombocytopenia undergoing invasive procedures, researchers report in a phase 3, placebo-controlled trial published in the May issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The drug caused no significant

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  • What is the Best Treatment Option for Fistulizing Crohn’s Disease?

What is the Best Treatment Option for Fistulizing Crohn’s Disease?

Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) antagonists are effective for induction and maintenance of perianal fistula response and remission in patients with Crohn’s disease (CD), a systematic review and meta-analysis shows in the December issue of Clinical Gastoenterology and Hepatology. However, there are few data on the effects on internal fistulae, and further studies

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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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