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VIDEO: Perianal disease, opioid use, among predictors of Stelara failure in Crohn’s

In an exclusive video, Rahul S. Dalal, MD, from Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, spoke about predictors of Stelara failure after dose intensification in patients with Crohn’s disease at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting.Dalal and colleagues initiated Stelara (ustekinumab, Janssen) in 238 patients with Crohn’s disease. They used multivariable logistic regression to…

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The 2020 Healio Social Media Influencer is …

During this year’s ACG 2020 Virtual meeting, Healio hosted its annual Disruptive Innovators Award ceremony.These awards stem from the disruption that Healio caused in gastroenterology by using a Peer Tested concept to deliver in print what physicians read online. Using analytics, data and social media, what is trending online is delivered to your mailbox. The…

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VIDEO: ‘Building warriors’: Resilience training in IBD

In this exclusive video from the American College of Gastroenterology Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting, Laurie Keefer, PhD, from the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai discusses her presentation on the GRITT method, a resilience-based care model for patients with inflammatory bowel disease.In the study, researchers compared health care use between groups of patients with…

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Healio Clinical Innovation Award goes to …

During this year’s ACG 2020 Virtual meeting, Healio hosted its annual Disruptive Innovators Award ceremony.These awards stem from the disruption that Healio caused in gastroenterology by using a Peer Tested concept to deliver in print what physicians read online. Using analytics, data and social media, what is trending online is delivered to your mailbox. The…

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USPSTF expands colorectal cancer screening recommendation to include adults aged 45 years

All adults should begin to get screened for colorectal cancer at age 45 years, according to a draft recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.This is the first time the USPSTF has recommended screening initiation at age 45 years. The “B” recommendation indicates high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or moderate certainty…

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Statins linked to 20% lower colorectal cancer risk

Statins used in the general population conferred a 20% risk reduction for colorectal cancer with a possibly larger impact in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, according to an analysis presented during ACG 2020 Virtual.“We found that statin use was associated with a significant risk reduction of colorectal cancer in the non-IBD population whereby the risk…

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Mouthwash killed coronavirus in experiment

Certain mouthwashes and nasal rinses demonstrated virucidal properties that can kill a virus similar to the one that causes COVID-19, according to an experimental study.However, mouthwash should “not to replace wearing masks and social distancing,” Craig Meyers, MS, PhD, a distinguished professor of microbiology, immunology, obstetrics and gynecology at Penn State College of Medicine, told…

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ACG President: ‘Never before have our professional societies been more needed’

In a year of unprecedented health and social challenges, the American College of Gastroenterology president saw the good that will come from professional medical societies leading the change.“Prior to this year, I gave talks about leadership that stress the important concepts of meaningful engagement, courage, resiliency, and embracing change,” Mark B. Pochapin, MD, said during…

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Kiwi fruit effective, well tolerated in treating chronic constipation

Two peeled kiwi fruit per day improved chronic constipation while being better tolerated than other traditional natural remedies, according to a randomized study presented at ACG 2020 Virtual.“While there are many therapeutic options available for chronic constipation, they only lead to about half of patients feeling better and only offer therapeutic gain of 10% to…