Telehealth may be cost-effective for IBD patients

For patients with inflammatory bowel disease, telehealth was cost-saving and had high probability of cost-effectiveness, according to results published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.“This self-management tool enables continuous registration of quality indicators and [patient-reported] outcomes, and might help reorganize IBD care toward value-based healthcare,” Marin J. de Jong, MD, from the Maastricht University Medical Centre,…

MACCE, mortality, stroke in PCI less common in Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis

Patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis who underwent PCI had a lower rate of in-hospital MACCE, mortality and stroke or transient ischemic attack compared with those without inflammatory bowel disease, researchers reported.However, patients with either form of inflammatory bowel disease were found to be at greater risk for major bleeding.“This is the first national-level…

Minesapride safe, well-tolerated in IBS-C

Minesapride, an agonist of 5-hydroxytryptamine 4 receptor, was safe and well-tolerated among patients with constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome, according to study results.“Serotonin 4 (5-hydroxytryptamine 4 [5-HT4]) receptor agonists are believed to exert their therapeutic effect by acting on the 5-HT4 receptors in the gastrointestinal tract and lead to the release of acetylcholine, thereby promoting gastrointestinal…

Telehealth in a Pandemic: ‘Just the Beginning of the Story’

COVID-19 has accelerated the need for GI practices to use telehealth as a way to deliver patient care and has forced GI practices to rapidly transition to telehealth.Among the platforms GI practices have used to assist in their transition are GI OnDEMAND, a joint venture between ACG and Gastro Girl Inc., doxy.me, Medisprout, FaceTime, Skype,…

NASA seeks volunteers to study social isolation, confinement

NASA recently announced that it will select a handful of volunteers this fall for an 8-month study that examines the physiological and psychological effects of social isolation and confinement that could occur on trips to the moon and Mars.Space travel expands the definition of “social distancing” beyond the meaning commonly associated with the COVID-19 pandemic,…