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Link between gut microbiome, diet may reduce risk for health problems

A healthy diet may be linked with gut microbes that correlate with a lower risk for developing conditions including obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to a report published in Nature Medicine.”This study demonstrates a clear association between specific microbial species in the gut, certain foods, and risk of some common diseases,” Andrew…

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Cigarette smoking increases colorectal neoplasia risk in IBD

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease who either currently or formerly smoked cigarettes were at higher risk for colorectal neoplasia, according to study results.Kimberley W.J. van der Sloot, MD, from the department of gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, wrote because of low use of screening, better methods are needed to…

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Newer oral anticoagulants reduce event risk in AF, GI bleeding vs. warfarin

Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants conferred lower risk for ischemic stroke and major bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation and a history of gastrointestinal bleeding compared with warfarin, according to study results.“Oral anticoagulant therapy is essential for the prevention of thromboembolic events in patients with AF. The introduction of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants has…

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Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase shutting down health care venture

Haven, an alliance between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase that sought to create health care solutions for their employees and “potentially” all Americans, will cease operations at the end of February, according to its website.The website indicated the three companies will “leverage” the knowledge gained during Haven’s 3 years of existence and “continue to…