Follow-up surveillance within 5 years may detect post-colonoscopy CRC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Recommended surveillance interval was the most important modifiable risk factor for post-colonoscopy colorectal cancer at 3 years, according to research presented at the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting.“[Post-colonoscopy colorectal cancers (PCCRCs)] are colorectal cancers diagnosed after a colonoscopy in which no colorectal cancer is found. They constitute 5% to 6% of all colorectal…

Ramping up HCV elimination tactics could save 90,000 lives, $60 billion by 2050

WASHINGTON — An accelerated, nationally organized plan to eliminate hepatitis C virus in the United States could save more than 90,000 lives and nearly $60 billion by 2050, according to a health economics expert at The Liver Meeting.“By 2030, approximately 10,000 deaths can be avoided. … We expect to find by 2050 this program can…

Holding IBD therapy for COVID-19 vaccine ‘does not impact’ infection, hospitalization risk

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Withholding immunosuppressive therapy prior to or following COVID-19 vaccination did not impact the rate of breakthrough infection or hospitalizations in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, noted a presenter here.“Individuals on biologic and immunomodulating agents were excluded from clinical trials of the BNT162b2, or the Pfizer vaccine, and the mRNA-1273, or Moderna vaccine….