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More Docs Denying Sales Rep Access | Medical Blog

A new report from the global sales and marketing consulting firm ZS Associates indicates that—despite signs of leveling off—pharmaceutical sales rep access to physicians continues to steadily decline. Data

Relieving Pain in Colorectal Surgery | Opinion Article

Adding a TAP block to ERP protocols may allow patients to bypass or reduce narcotics use after colorectal surgery.

The Evolution of Medicine | Medical Blog

Source: Modern medicine has helped lead to a surge in average life expectancy, which was only about 36 in the late 1800s. With humans routinely living

ACC.14: Celiac Disease Increases CAD Risk | Medical Blog

The Particulars: Data have linked inflammatory states such as lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease with coronary artery disease (CAD). Patients with celiac disease have

H. Pylori Testing & Uninvestigated Dyspepsia | Opinion Article

Gastritis, dyspepsia, and peptic ulcer disease are common causes of abdominal pain that may be caused by Helicobacter pylori infection. When people with peptic ulcers have H.

A Warning System for Colorectal Surgery Patients | Opinion Article

About 16% of all colorectal surgical patients on Medicare are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. These readmissions last more than 1 week, on average, and

Managing Pain in Patients With IBD | Feature

Abdominal pain in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is complex to manage, but taking a step-wise approach may enhance outcomes. Furthermore, researchers are learning more about potential causes of pain in patients with IBD. The hope is to identify novel and effective treatments.

Managing Metastatic CRC: Coming to a Consensus | Feature

An international panel of experts has developed a consensus statement on the management of patients with liver metastases from colorectal cancer (CRC). Recommendations address the key issues faced by the CRC hepatobiliary multidisciplinary team.

Video Capsule Endoscopy in the ED | Feature

Esophagoduodenoscopy is the current gold standard for stratifying risk in patients with gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, a potentially life-threatening emergency. However, this procedure is performed almost exclusively by

ACS 2013: A Laparoscopic Approach to Colon Resection | Feature

The Particulars: Among the elderly, research suggests that elective colon resection is associated with poor perioperative outcomes. Using a laparoscopic approach to colon resection in the elderly

Colon Polyps in Elderly Patients Are More Likely to Develop in Areas Seen Only with Colonoscopy | Feature

WASHINGTON, DC—People over 60 years old are more likely to have precancerous or cancerous polyps develop in a part of the colon that goes unseen by flexible

Reducing SSIs in Colorectal Surgery | Feature

A project directed by the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare has been shown to reduce surgical site infections (SSIs) in patients undergoing colorectal surgery. Findings suggest that avoiding these SSIs can lead to millions of dollars in cost savings.

Anti-PD-L1 Drug Shows Promising Anti-Cancer Effects | Feature

A phase I expansion study of the investigational drug MPDL3280A — an engineered PD-L1 targeted antibody — shows impressive tumor shrinkage rates in patients with several different

Men’s Fitness in Middle Age Protects Against Cancer | Feature

Findings from a large, prospective 20-year study indicate that a high level of cardiovascular fitness in middle age reduces mens risk of developing and dying from lung

The Economic Burden of Fecal Incontinence | Feature

Physicians can help alleviate the economic burden of fecal incontinence by talking openly with their patients and offering preventive treatments.

Trends in Inpatient Bariatric Surgery for Adolescents | News Brief

The rate of inpatient bariatric procedures among adolescents appears to have plateaued since 2003, despite the worsening childhood obesity epidemic. The rate of these procedures per 100,000

Long-Term Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery | News Brief

Australian researchers have found that durable weight loss can be maintained through 15 years among patients who undergo laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. Weight loss rates beyond 10

Identifying Post-Op Complications for Readmission in General Surgery | Feature

Several postoperative complications have been identified as the strongest risk factors for readmission after general surgeries.

Resuming Blood Thinner Use After a GI Bleed | News Brief

Among patients with a warfarin-associated index gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding event, the decision to not resume warfarin within 90 days appears to be associated with higher risks for

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