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IBD associated with gestational diabetes, other poor pregnancy outcomes

Pregnant women with inflammatory bowel disease were more likely to have a cesarean delivery and experience certain adverse pregnancy outcomes, according to study findings published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics.Parul Tandon, DO, gastroenterology fellow at the University of Toronto, told Healio Primary Care that among pregnant women with IBD, “the risk of gestational diabetes and…

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8 reports on safety of HCV positive-to-negative organ transplants

The “direct-acting antiviral era” for hepatitis C has been a novel step forward in medicine with several regimens providing cure rates of 95% or higher and many available as secondary treatments for patients whose initial treatment failed. With this highly curative option, researchers have focused on evaluating opportunities to use hepatitis-C infected organs to increase…

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Diets high in polyunsaturated, vegetable fats reduce liver cancer risk

Diets consisting of higher vegetable fat and polyunsaturated fat intake correlated with a lower risk for hepatocellular carcinoma, including cases in which individuals replaced other animal, dairy, or saturated fats with vegetable and polyunsaturated fats, according to data.While HCC rates continue to increase in the U.S., approximately 35% of cases cannot be explained by currently…

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ACA may have helped mitigate opioid epidemic

The Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was linked to a reduction in opioid overdose deaths, study findings in JAMA Network Open show.However, separate findings also published in JAMA Network Open revealed that opioid or other drug addiction or abuse remains a particularly “serious problem” in rural communities in the United States. In addition,…

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AGA issues new guidelines on management of gastric intestinal metaplasia

The American Gastroenterological Association released new clinical practice guidelines for the management of gastric intestinal metaplasia.Samir Gupta, MD, MSCS, AGAF, of Moores Cancer Center at University of California, San Diego, told Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease that the AGA’s technical review team found that approximately 5% of individuals who have a gastric biopsy in the…