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Study: Fecal microbiota transplant effective in immunocompromised patients

Fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) for the treatment of Clostridium difficile infection in immunocompromised patients is safe and effective, according to a study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. Read more and read an American...

USPSTF recommends hepatitis B screening for high-risk people

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released “Screening for hepatitis B virus infection in nonpregnant adolescents and adults,” which recommends screening in patients at high risk for infection. Read a summary and...

The dangers of postop abdominal distention

The rapid response team scrambles to save this patient.

WHO releases new hepatitis C guidelines

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released “Guidelines for the screening, care and treatment of persons with hepatitis C infection.” Access the guidelines.

Celiac disease linked to increased risk for CAD

People with celiac disease may have a nearly twofold increased risk of coronary artery disease compared with the general population, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual...

MARS®: The new frontier in treating acute liver failure

A type of dialysis, MARS removes toxins and replaces lost liver functions.

A swift, decisive response to GI bleeding

Coffee-ground emesis tips off caregivers to acute upper GI bleeding.

Study: Smoking increases risk of complications after colorectal surgery

A study published in the Annals of Surgery has found that smoking increases the risk of complications after major colorectal surgery; current smokers were at a significantly increased risk of postoperative morbidity and mortality....

FDA approves first generic capecitabine to treat breast and colorectal cancers

On Sept. 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first generic version of Xeloda (capecitabine), used to treat metastatic breast and colorectal cancer. Read more.

Study: Regular colonoscopy screening could prevent 40% of colorectal cancers

Regular colonoscopy screening could prevent 40% of colorectal cancers, according to a study in the New England Medical Journal that followed 88,902 participants from two studies over 22 years. Read more. Access the study...

Study: Dementia increases risk of incontinence

A UK study in PLOS Medicine found that people with dementia have about three times the rate of urinary incontinence and more than four times the rate of fecal incontinence compared to those without...

Fecal microbiota transplantation: Breaking the chain of recurrent C. difficile infection

The author describes an innovative technique that is helping patients with C. difficile infection, including patient selection; care before, during, and after the procedure; and patient education.

FDA approves Simponi for ulcerative colitis

May 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new use for Simponi (golimumab) injection: to treat adults with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis. Read more.