Unaddressed anxiety in patients with IBD ‘will impact their disease outcomes’

SAN DIEGO — Anxiety left unaddressed in the context of inflammatory bowel disease care “will impact the disease course and outcomes,” according to a presenter at Digestive Disease Week 2022.“Anxiety occurs on a spectrum,” Laurie Keefer, PhD, director of psychobehavioral research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a member of the…

Nimotuzumab plus gemcitabine prolongs survival in KRAS wild-type pancreatic cancer

CHICAGO — The addition of nimotuzumab to gemcitabine prolonged OS and PFS among patients with KRAS wild-type locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer, according to randomized phase 3 study results presented at ASCO Annual Meeting.Researchers observed the greatest survival benefit among those who had not been treated for biliary obstruction. Nimotuzumab also appeared safe.“These results…

SARS-CoV-2 genomes persist in GI tract following infection resolution

SAN DIEGO — The discovery of SARS-CoV-2 genomes in endoscopy samples of patients who recovered from COVID-19 suggests that the gut serves as a reservoir for the virus, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week 2022.“SARS-CoV-2, or COVID, is mostly a respiratory tract infection, but in about 30% of patients you also see digestive…

Proportion of Black, Hispanic physicians do not reflect US population

Black and Hispanic medical students and physicians are considerably underrepresented in the United States compared with the national population, according to findings published in JAMA Network Open.“According to the AMA, racial and ethnic diversity among health professionals promotes better access to health care, improves health care quality for underserved populations, and better meets the health…