Vibrating capsule safe, well tolerated, easy to use in chronic idiopathic constipation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An orally ingested vibrating capsule was found to be safe, well tolerated and easy to use for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation, according to data presented at the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting.“The study represents the safety and harms data that was collected during a phase 3 randomized, controlled trial comparing the…

Recent injection drug use linked to HCV reinfection after DAA treatment

WASHINGTON — The risk for hepatitis C virus reinfection after direct-acting antiviral therapy was high in people with recent injection drug use, while antipsychotic drugs and opioid agonists offered possible protective effects.“We saw in this study that younger [people who inject drugs (PWID)] had the highest rate of reinfection following [sustained virologic response]. This really…

Global NAFLD prevalence rose 50% over 20 years, with hotspots in North Africa, Middle East

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease prevalence rose more than 50% globally from 1990 to 2019, with African and Middle Eastern regions identified as hotspots, according to data presented at ACG Annual Scientific Meeting.“We did this study because we noticed that NAFLD has been increasing in many countries around the world,” Yichen Wang, MD, MSc,…

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Regional Legislative and Congressional Election Roundup

Northwest Florida State House  HD 1: First-term Republican state Rep. Michelle Salzman won her re-election bid against Democratic challenger Franscine Mathis in the general election on Tuesday. The Northwest Florida veteran will serve House District 1, which is a heavily Republican leaning district. WEARTV HD 2: Republican incumbent Rep. Alex Andrade retained his seat in the Legislature after beating Democrat…

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2022 Election Recap

A Red Wave: Republicans Win Big Across the State Republicans enjoyed a red wave in Florida in Tuesday’s election, with Gov. Ron DeSantis winning a second term in a landslide, and the GOP about to have the entire Cabinet and possible supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature. Republicans also picked up two Florida congressional seats…