VIDEO: Treating liver diseases during COVID-19

In this exclusive video, Nancy S. Reau, MD, section chief of hepatology and associate director of organ transplantation at Rush University Medical Center, discusses some important aspects of treating liver diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic.In addition to how COVID-19 itself impacts liver conditions, she said factors like increased online alcohol sales and medications guidelines are…

Q&A: Addressing the explosive growth of telehealth use amid COVID-19

Approximately one in 10 Americans used telehealth as an alternative to in-person visits to doctor’s offices, urgent care centers and EDs, according to a survey published last year. However, it was not until the COVID-19 pandemic that the uptake of telehealth dramatically changed, an expert told Healio Primary Care.Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, president-elect of the…

Neoadjuvant therapy-induced sarcopenia, reduced OS linked in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

Neoadjuvant therapy-induced sarcopenia in patients who underwent neoadjuvant therapy for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma correlated with increased disease recurrence and overall mortality, and reduced overall survival, according to a presentation from Digestive Disease Week.“Patients who have pancreatic cancer are being preferentially treated with chemotherapy and/or radiation before surgery to ensure complete delivery while they are healthy,”…

Keeping the ‘Enemy’ of IBD at Bay During Pregnancy and Pandemic

This month’s cover story on pregnant women with inflammatory bowel disease covered all the relevant points. The important message is that the “enemy” here is not the medication — it’s the active Crohn’s disease or active ulcerative colitis. Treating the inflammation is of paramount importance, to maximize the chance of good pregnancy outcomes. The physicians…

‘Education is Power’: Pregnancy and IBD

Inflammatory bowel disease is somewhat unique compared with other immune-mediated diseases. Its closest cousins, like rheumatoid arthritis, usually affect patients later in life.While all immune-mediated diseases can have a dramatic impact on a person’s life, IBD can come very early and patients may undergo decades of therapy. Additionally, for many patients, a diagnosis coincides with…