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‘It pays’ to check the gut microbiome in patients with cirrhosis

Gut microbiota analysis was cost-effective for predicting and possibly preventing 90-day readmissions for cirrhosis, according to study results.Jasmohan S. Bajaj, MD, professor of medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, told Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease that changes to the microbiota lend to complications of cirrhosis leading to high hospitalization rates. Previous studies have shown that these…

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Medication-assisted therapy via telemedicine shows promise

A Boston-based start-up company that offers patients medication-assisted therapy through telemedicine is trying remove some of the stigma associated with opioid use disorder treatment.“Many existing medication-assisted treatment programs are offered in brick and mortar locations where patients don’t want to be seen,” Ankit Gupta, a software engineer and CEO of Bicycle Health, told Healio Primary…

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Quality improvement program produces better IBD outcomes

AUSTIN, Texas — A quality improvement program that helps facilities make changes in practice structure and share best practices helped improve outcomes among patients with inflammatory bowel disease, according to research presented at Crohn’s and Colitis Congress.“Measures or quality indicators of care for IBD have been developed and published. However, there are multiple studies that…