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4 things to know about the romaine lettuce outbreak

The CDC announced a multistate outbreak of Escherichia coli 0157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce harvested from the growing region in Salinas, California.Two similar multistate outbreaks last year were linked to romaine lettuce harvested from growing regions in Arizona and California, leading to changes in how the leafy greens are labeled in the United States.Infectious…

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Gastric electrical stimulation reduces frequency of refractory vomiting

Patients with refractory vomiting who received gastric electrical stimulation therapy experienced a reduction in the frequency of vomiting episodes, according to study results.Despite some conflicting evidence, high-frequency gastric electrical stimulation (GES) is considered an option for treatment of patients with chronic refractory vomiting, Guillaume Gourcerol, MD, PhD, of the department of physiology at Rouen University…

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VIDEO: Risk for NASH may increase with type 2 diabetes

BOSTON — In this exclusive video from The Liver Meeting 2019, Vlad Ratziu, MD, PhD, professor of hepatology at Sorbonne University and Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, discusses his poster presentation on the diagnostic aspects of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in patients with type 2 diabetes.“The interest of this biomarker, called NIS4, is that it allows classification of patients in…

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Exposure to TNF inhibitors increases psoriasis risk in children with IBD, JIA

Children with inflammatory bowel disease, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and chronic noninfectious osteomyelitis had an increased rate of psoriasis, and those exposed to tumor necrosis factor inhibitor therapy exhibited the highest risk, according to research presented at the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Professionals annual meeting.“TNF-alpha inhibiting therapies are a cornerstone of treatment for inflammatory…

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When physicians get screened for CRC, so do their patients

Individuals are more likely to participate in colorectal cancer screening if their family physician has undergone screening, according to study results.Amit X. Garg, MD, PhD, of the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at Western University in Canada, and colleagues wrote in Gastroenterology that physicians play an important role in CRC screening uptake, and patients are…

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NAFLD trial enrolls patients to assess effect of Basis on metabolic factors

Elysium Health completed enrollment for a clinical trial designed to evaluate the efficacy of Basis, a combination of the company’s proprietary nicotinamide riboside and pterostilbene, on liver fat accumulation in adults with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, according to a press release.The formulation of Basis was designed to increase oxidized nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) levels —…