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Several psychological therapies found to be efficacious for IBS

According to a systematic review and network analysis published in Gut, several psychological therapies were efficacious for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome; however, none were better compared with another.“[Cognitive behavioral therapy] CBT-based interventions and gut-directed hypnotherapy had the largest evidence base and were the most efficacious long term,” Christopher J. Black, MD, from the Leeds…

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Timely antiviral therapy may slow COVID-19 progression; more study needed

Researchers in China found that hospitalized patients with milder cases of COVID-19 were treated earlier with an assortment of antivirals compared with patients who experienced more severe disease, suggesting that the timing of antiviral therapy may significantly slow COVID-19 progression.However, the study was underpowered to evaluate the therapeutic effect of the drugs, which included ribavirin,…

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Dietary therapies induce rapid response in pediatric Crohn’s

Identifying which patients respond quickly to dietary therapies for Crohn’s disease may help indicate which ones will succeed long term and which ones might do better on a different therapy, according to study results.“Rapid response would support further use of dietary therapy, might delay or avoid the need for corticosteroids and provide insight into dietary…

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‘Worrisome’ rise in autoimmune disease marker prevalence reported in U.S.

The prevalence of antinuclear antibodies, markers of the body’s immune responses against its own cells, has increased significantly in the United States over the past several decades, particularly among adolescents and adults aged 50 years and older, according to data published in Arthritis & Rheumatology.“These findings are worrisome in that they suggest that these increasing…

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‘Worrisome’ rise in autoimmunity reported in U.S.

The prevalence of antinuclear antibodies, markers of the body’s immune responses against its own cells, has increased significantly in the United States over the past several decades, particularly among adolescents and adults aged 50 years and older, according to data published in Arthritis & Rheumatology.“These findings are worrisome in that they suggest that these increasing…