Gastrointestinal Disorders

Patients diagnosed with upper functional gastroenterology disorders often have irritable bowel syndrome

Patients diagnosed with upper functional gastroenterology disorders often have irritable bowel syndrome

The risk factors for IBS-FD overlap deserve more concern, according to the authors.

Oral contraceptives increase surgery risk for women with Crohn disease

Oral contraceptives increase surgery risk for women with Crohn disease

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Women with Crohn disease who use oral contraceptives for more than 1 year have an increased risk of surgery.

Greater gluten intake before age 2 may increase risk of celiac disease

Greater gluten intake before age 2 may increase risk of celiac disease

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High gluten intake during the first 2 years of life was associated with an increased risk of celiac disease during childhood.

FDA approves two new therapies for irritable bowel syndrome

FDA approves two new therapies for irritable bowel syndrome

Two new therapies to treat irritable bowel syndrome, eluxadoline and rifaximin, have been approved by the FDA.

Evidence supporting herbal meds for GI disorders lacking

Evidence supporting herbal meds for GI disorders lacking

Limited evidence and a lack of quality control for manufacturing practices cast doubt on the use of herbal medicines for gastrointestinal conditions.

Managing anal fissures

Managing anal fissures

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Anal fissures can be confused with hemorrhoids in everyday primary practice but require their own treatment protocol.

Non-TNF blocker for colitis, Crohn disease

Non-TNF blocker for colitis, Crohn disease

Entyvio can be used to treat ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease in adults who did not have success with other treatments.

Asthma, COPD linked with more inflammatory bowel disease

Asthma, COPD linked with more inflammatory bowel disease

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People with airway diseases are more likely to have inflammatory bowel disease.

Low-dose aspirin risks negate benefits in women

Low-dose aspirin risks negate benefits in women

Although women who took low-dose aspirin saw a small reduction of CVD and colorectal cancer risk, the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding increased.

Yoga may ease inflammatory bowel disease

Yoga may ease inflammatory bowel disease

Trends observed toward improvement in health-related quality of life and self-efficacy in children.

Vancomycin prophylaxis may reduce C. diff recurrence

Vancomycin prophylaxis may reduce C. diff recurrence

Prophylactic vancomycin twice per day has been effective in reducing the rate of C. difficile in high-risk patients aged 65 years and older.

FDA is now enforcing its gluten-free standards

FDA is now enforcing its gluten-free standards

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Manufacturers are now subject to scrutiny and could be subject to regulatory action if gluten-free labels are not consistent with agency standards.

CDC: Beware of antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens

CDC: Beware of antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens

The rate of resistance to quinolone drugs in Salmonella typhi rose to 68% in 2012.

Vedolizumab approved to treat ulcerative colitis, Crohn disease

Vedolizumab approved to treat ulcerative colitis, Crohn disease

The FDA has approved vedolizumab for patients with inadequate response to conventional therapies.

Help for kids with new Crohn's disease

Help for kids with new Crohn's disease

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Early monotherapy with such anti-TNF-alpha agents as infliximabor and adalimumab may produce better overall clinical and growth outcomes.

Constipation does not cause diverticulosis

Constipation does not cause diverticulosis

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Colonoscopy results and assessment of diet, physical activity and bowel habits revealed no association between constipation and an increased risk of diverticulosis.

Do vaccines have to be 
administered intramuscularly?


Do vaccines have to be 
administered intramuscularly?


Administration route depends on the pharmacokinetic properties of the medication.

Thalidomide improves Crohn's remission in kids

Thalidomide improves Crohn's remission in kids

Once-daily thalidomide improved clinical remission at eight weeks for children with refractory Crohn's disease

Jump toward a stomach pain diagnosis

Jump toward a stomach pain diagnosis

Rule out peritonitis and appendicitis with this simple trick.

Delayed gluten introduction increases celiac risk

Delayed gluten introduction increases celiac risk

Breastfeeding for more than 12 months also associated with modest increase in risk.

No association between celiac disease, autism

No association between celiac disease, autism

Small excess risk for an autism spectrum disorder noted after celiac disease diagnosis.

Alleviating diarrhea subsequent to radiation

Alleviating diarrhea subsequent to radiation

For patient's with chemotherapy induced diarrhea, try alternating between these two medications before moving on to something stronger.

FDA standardizes 'gluten-free' for food labeling

FDA standardizes 'gluten-free' for food labeling

Foods with claims of no gluten, free of gluten, and without gluten must meet definition of gluten-free

Rotarix just as effective as Rotateq against rotavirus

Rotarix just as effective as Rotateq against rotavirus

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The monovalent rotavirus vaccine is more than 90% effective at preventing rotavirus, putting the vaccine's efficacy on par with the pentavalent vaccine.

Clinical evaluation of 
peptic ulcer disease

Clinical evaluation of 
peptic ulcer disease

Most often caused by use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or 
bacterial infection, peptic ulcer disease usually presents as epigastric pain.

First treatment approved for opioid-induced constipation

First treatment approved for opioid-induced constipation

The FDA has expanded the indication for oral lubiprostone (Amitiza) to include opioid-induced constipation in chronic pain patients.

Diarrhea in an elderly man in an assisted-living facility

Diarrhea in an elderly man in an assisted-living facility

What are the next steps after ruling out Clostridium difficile?

Childhood antibiotic exposure linked to IBD

Childhood antibiotic exposure linked to IBD

Earlier exposure to antianaerobic antibiotics during childhood tied to greater risk for inflammatory bowel disease.

Educating patients about the importance of dietary fiber

Educating patients about the importance of dietary fiber

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A patient with a history of hemorrhoids presents with acute rectal pain. Could a lack of dietary fiber be the culprit?

FDA approves Linzess for IBS, chronic constipation

FDA approves Linzess for IBS, chronic constipation

Linzess sanctioned for constipation that does not respond to conventional treatment.

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