Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Gastroenterology for November 2019. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
Continuous PPI Use May Increase Risk for Acute Gastroenteritis
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Continuous use of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy is associated with an increased risk for acute gastroenteritis (AGE) during winter epidemic periods with peak circulation of enteric viruses, according to a study published online Nov. 27 in JAMA Network Open.
Diet Pill, Laxative Use in Women Tied to Later Eating Disorder Dx
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Diet pill and laxative use for weight control are associated with increased odds of subsequent first eating disorder diagnosis, according to a study published online Nov. 21 in the American Journal of Public Health.
U.S. Life Expectancy Dropped Since 2014 for Working-Age Adults
TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — U.S. life expectancy increased from 1959 to 2016 but has been decreasing since 2014, according to research published in the Nov. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Cancer Patients With Obesity Show Poorer Psychosocial Health
TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Patients with breast or prostate cancer who are obese score higher in psychosocial problem-related distress than nonobese patients, according to a study recently published in Psycho-Oncology.
Nutritional Deficiencies ID’d in Teens After Bariatric Surgery
MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Teens who undergo bariatric surgery may be at increased risk for nutritional deficiencies years later, according to a study published online Nov. 6 in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Electronic Health Record Usability Graded F by Physicians
FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The usability of current electronic health records (EHRs) is classified as unacceptable, with physician-rated EHR usability independently linked to the odds of burnout, according to a study published online Nov. 14 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Policies Limit Medicaid Payment for Transplant in Alcoholic Liver Disease
FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Restrictive Medicaid policies are associated with a reduced proportion of payment by Medicaid for liver transplantation (LT) for alcohol-related liver disease (ALD) since 2011, according to a study published online Nov. 8 in Hepatology.
H. Pylori Infection Must Be Wiped Out to Cut Gastric Cancer Risk
THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Only complete eradication of Helicobacter pylori infection, not treatment alone, will reduce the risk for developing stomach cancer, according to a study recently published in Gastroenterology.
Employee Premiums, Deductibles Eating Larger Share of Income
THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — During the last decade, health care costs have eaten up a larger share of income for millions of middle-class Americans with employer coverage, according to Trends in Employer Health Care Coverage, 2008-2018, a Nov. 21 report from The Commonwealth Fund.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Comorbidities Before, After Diagnosis
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — There are associations between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and multiple comorbidities before and after diagnosis, with inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, and venous thromboembolism (VTE) occurring more often before RA diagnosis versus controls, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Incidence of Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Anus Increasing
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — There has been an increase in the incidence of squamous cell carcinoma of the anus (SCCA) in the United States, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Bipartisan Bill to Curb Drug Costs Backed by White House
MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A bipartisan Senate bill that would curb prescription drug costs is being backed by the Trump administration as a new poll shows that many Americans think the White House has done little to tackle the issue.
White House Wants Hospitals, Insurers to Provide Actual Costs of Care
MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — New rules requiring hospitals and insurers to disclose the actual prices for common tests and procedures before they are performed have been proposed by the Trump Administration.
Treatment Response Rates High for Seniors With Hep C Infection
FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For patients with chronic hepatitis C infection, sustained viral response (SVR) rates are similar for those aged 65 years and older and those younger than 65, according to a study published online Oct. 24 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Childhood Episode of Pancreatitis May Up Risk for Diabetes Later
FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A history of a clinically resolved, single event of acute pancreatitis in childhood is associated with an increased risk for diabetes during young adulthood, according to a study published online Nov. 6 in Diabetes Care.
Survey of U.S. Registered Nurses Points to Worsening Shortages
THURSDAY, Nov. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The 2019 AMN Healthcare Survey of Registered Nurses raises concerns about the outlook for the nursing profession in the United States.
Four Studies Look at Global Burden of Digestive Diseases
THURSDAY, Nov. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Global burdens of colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and stomach cancer increased from 1990 to 2017, according to four studies published online Oct. 21 in The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The studies were published to coincide with the United European Gastroenterology Week, held from Oct. 19 to 23 in Barcelona, Spain.
Imaging Rates Continue to Rise Despite Efforts to Reduce
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Despite initiatives to reduce the use of medical imaging, rates continue to rise in both the United States and Ontario, Canada, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Pediatric Liver Transplant Recipients Often Undervaccinated
TUESDAY, Nov. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Many pediatric liver transplant recipients are undervaccinated, according to a research letter published in the Nov. 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Patients With Cirrhosis Have Considerable Financial Burden
FRIDAY, Nov. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The considerable financial burden of cirrhosis medical care is associated with lower surveillance for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), according to a study presented at The Liver Meeting, the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, held from Nov. 8 to 12 in Boston.
Tx Choice for T2DM in Obese Teens Tied to Later Kidney Disease Risk
THURSDAY, Nov. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For severely obese adolescents with type 2 diabetes (T2D), medical therapy is associated with increased odds of diabetic kidney disease (DKD) at five years compared with metabolic bariatric surgery, according to a study published online Nov. 4 in Diabetes Care.
Medical Practices Burdened by Regulatory Requirements
TUESDAY, Nov. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The vast majority of group medical practices report that regulatory requirements, including prior authorization and quality payment programs, are burdensome, according to a survey released by the Medical Group Management Association.
Fecal Microbiota Transplant Cuts Bloodstream Infection in C. diff
TUESDAY, Nov. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Patients with recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) who receive treatment with fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) are less likely to develop a primary bloodstream infection (BSI) than those receiving antibiotics, according to a study published online Nov. 5 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
CRC Screening Recommended for Average-Risk Adults Age 50 to 75
MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Average-risk adults between the ages of 50 and 75 years should be screened for colorectal cancer, with the screening test selected based on discussion with patients, according to a guidance statement from the American College of Physicians published online Nov. 5 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Seriously Ill Medicare Beneficiaries Face Financial Hardship
MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Seriously ill Medicare enrollees experience considerable financial distress, according to a report published in the November issue of Health Affairs.
Dr. Stephen Hahn Nominated to Head FDA
MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Radiation oncology expert Stephen Hahn, M.D., has been nominated as the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner.
Recommendations Developed to Address Clinician Burnout
FRIDAY, Nov. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout, a new report published online Oct. 23 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, recommendations are presented to address clinician burnout.
Risk for Birth Defects Not Increased With Adalimumab
FRIDAY, Nov. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Adalimumab exposure in pregnancy does not increase the risk for birth defects, according to a study published online Oct. 18 in PLOS ONE.
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