Gastrointestinal Illnesses

Stat Consult: Norovirus 
infection

Stat Consult: Norovirus 
infection

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Norovirus is the leading cause of both sporadic and epidemic gastroenteritis worldwide.

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.

Intussusception risk still up with rotavirus vax

Intussusception risk still up with rotavirus vax

Intussusception risk is slightly higher in post-licensure studies than previously reported, but not enough to change clinical practice.

C. diff spores common on HCWs' hands

C. diff spores common on HCWs' hands

About a quarter had contaminated hands, suggesting an important mode of Clostridium difficile transmission in hospital settings.

Generic Aciphex approved to treat GERD

Generic Aciphex approved to treat GERD

FDA approves first generic versions of Aciphex delayed-release tablets to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Probiotics don't stop diarrhea

Probiotics don't stop diarrhea

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Probiotic supplements do not appear to prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) or diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile in elderly patients.

CDC: Novel norovirus replacing former dominant strain

CDC: Novel norovirus replacing former dominant strain

Health care providers should remain vigilant to the potential for increased norovirus activity in the ongoing season related to the emergent GII.4 Sydney strain.

Don't let spoiled food sour your patients' summer

Don't let spoiled food sour your patients' summer

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As more people grill and prepare food outdoors, are you prepared to treat patients who present with acute gastrointestinal illness?

No increase in intussusception after rotavirus vaccination

No increase in intussusception after rotavirus vaccination

Post-licensure data from the Vaccine Safety Datalink did not show increases in intussusception among infants aged 4 to 34 weeks in the first week or month after vaccination with the pentavalent rotavirus vaccine.

Goldenseal: An herbal antibacterial agent and digestive

Goldenseal: An herbal antibacterial agent and digestive

Goldenseal, one of the most popular herbs in the United States today, is used as a base in many herbal preparations. Also known as yellow root, ground raspberry or Indian turmeric, goldenseal is credited with a number of different medicinal properties.

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