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FMT safe, well tolerated for recurrent CDI in IBD

Fecal microbiota transplantation for recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection in patients with inflammatory bowel disease was safe and well tolerated and resulted in a high rate of C. difficile decolonization, according to a study published in Gastroenterology.“Additionally, positioning FMT earlier in the treatment course for patients with IBD-CDI may improve FMT failure rates,” Jessica R. Allegretti,…

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Live calls outperform texts for mailed FIT notifications

Individuals who received live phone calls were more likely to complete a mailed fecal immunochemical test than those who received a text message, according to study results.Gloria Coronado, PhD, of the Center for Health Research at Kaiser Permanente Northwest, and colleagues wrote that it is important to understand how to best optimize FIT outreach programs,…

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Atopic disease linked with increased risk for IBD

Individuals with atopic diseases such as asthma and atopic dermatitis appeared to be at higher risk for developing inflammatory bowel disease, according to study results.“Previous genome-wide studies have shown that atopic diseases and IBD share several susceptibility genes, which are important for adaptive immune regulation and tissue response, implicating a common inflammatory cascade among the…

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Patients with acute pancreatitis, COVID-19 at high risk for multiorgan failure

There may be a relationship between acute pancreatitis and COVID-19 that may lead to patients having a higher risk for multiorgan failure, morbidity and mortality, according to a study in Gastroenterology.“A better understanding of this relationship will better guide clinicians on early management strategies and focus medical resources toward those patients at risk for worse…

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VIDEO: Edible colonoscopy prep shows efficacy in phase 2 trial

In this exclusive video, Corey A. Siegel, MD, MS, director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and co-founder of ColonaryConcepts, discusses the company’s edible colonoscopy prep that comes in the form of bars and smoothies.Siegel said they developed the prep to improve patient tolerability by addressing concerns of volume, fasting…

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Healio CME wins APEX Award for most improved website

The APEX Awards for Publication Excellence recognize achievements in graphic design, editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications effectiveness.“Recognition for the redesign is a testament to our hard work and dedication to delivering the best online CME experience imaginable,” said Andrea Gaymon, MEd, UXC, Chief Experience Officer of Healio. “Physicians who participated in…

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Health care professionals prefer public priming to counteract misinformation on social media

Health care professionals have found different strategies to counteract health misinformation on social media platforms, most using public priming.“I really appreciated that people actually responded to their social media accounts,” John Robert Bautista, RN, MPH, PhD, from The University of Texas at Austin, said during his presentation at the Association of Health Care Social Media…

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World Hepatitis Day 2020: Preventing mother-to-child hepatitis transmission

“Hepatitis-free future.” is this year’s World Hepatitis Day theme. The focus is the prevention of hepatitis B transmission between mothers and newborns.The following reports include data on mother-to-child hepatitis transmission, screening pregnant women for hepatitis C virus and DAA treatment for children with HCV.In Tennessee, just 23% of at-risk infants are tested for HCVIn Tennessee,…

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New guidance from CDC for clinical management of HCP exposed to HCV

The CDC developed new recommendations for testing algorithms and clinical management of health care personnel with the possibility of occupational exposure to hepatitis C, according guidance from Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.“A source patient or [health care personnel (HCP) ]found to be positive for HCV RNA should be referred to care,” Anne C. Moorman, MPH,…