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90% of injection drug users miss opportunities for HIV or HCV testing

Using data from more than 840,000 health care encounters, researchers estimated that around 90% of people who inject drugs missed opportunities for HIV or hepatitis C virus testing during a recent 8-year period — especially rural males seeking care for skin infections or endocarditis.“We were interested in assessing HIV and hepatitis C infection testing rates…

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Endoscopic techniques offer more options for obesity management

Endoscopic management has a clear role in the future of obesity care, with multiple options available for patients, according to an expert at the GUILD Conference 2020.Christopher Thompson, MD, MSc, director of endoscopy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said that while the epidemic of obesity becoming a greater and greater problem, effective interventions of the…

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Infections, malignancy risk in IBD must be considered individually

MAUI, Hawaii — Certain inflammatory bowel disease therapies may further increase malignancies in patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, according to an expert at the GUILD Conference 2020.“We need to think about each individual patient as different with different characteristics and different individual risk factors,” Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine,…

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Abdominal abscesses in Crohn’s require surgery 70% of the time

MAUI, Hawaii – Nearly a third of patients with Crohn’s disease will develop an abdominal abscess from a fistula during disease management. A presenter at the GUILD Conference reported that a surgical approach often produces better outcomes than medical therapy alone.“One of the important aspects in terms of the success of medically treating this ……