FDA OKs First Combo Drug (Harvoni) for Hepatitis C FDA OKs First Combo Drug (Harvoni) for Hepatitis C
The new antiviral drug, which includes the ultraexpensive Sovaldi, also is the first that does not require administration with interferon and ribavirin to treat these infections. FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - October 10, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

Mild Gallstone Pancreatitis: Admit to Medicine or Surgery?Mild Gallstone Pancreatitis: Admit to Medicine or Surgery?
Patients with mild gallstone pancreatitis who were admitted to the surgery service went to the operating room sooner and had shorter hospital stays and lower hospital costs than those admitted to the medicine service. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - October 10, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Drug-Resistant E coli Linked to Contaminated EndoscopesDrug-Resistant E coli Linked to Contaminated Endoscopes
A specialized gastrointestinal endoscopy tool was linked to a cluster of drug-resistant Escherichia coli infections, despite no apparent lapses in disinfection protocol. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - October 9, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

New Guidelines Issued on Bowel Prep for ColonoscopyNew Guidelines Issued on Bowel Prep for Colonoscopy
A three-society task force has issued new guidelines on bowel preparation for colonoscopy. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - October 8, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Drug-Induced Liver Injury: What You Need to KnowDrug-Induced Liver Injury: What You Need to Know
Drug-induced liver injury is increasing and is the primary cause of need for liver transplantation. Learn how to assess for and diagnose drug-induced hepatotoxicity. Medscape Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - October 4, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology Expert Column Source Type: news

IDWeek 2014: A Preview for CliniciansIDWeek 2014: A Preview for Clinicians
Viral diseases, antimicrobial resistance, C difficile, new diagnostics, and HCV -- Paul G. Auwaerter, MD, offers his preview of what to watch for from IDWeek 2014. Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - October 3, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Infectious Diseases Commentary Source Type: news

Multiple Sclerosis and the Microbiome: What's the Connection?Multiple Sclerosis and the Microbiome: What's the Connection?
New research suggests that our gastrointestinal flora may play a role in multiple sclerosis. Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - October 2, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Expert Interview Source Type: news

France Uses Tax to Put Pressure on Hepatitis C Drug PricesFrance Uses Tax to Put Pressure on Hepatitis C Drug Prices
France will tax drugmakers whose costly hepatitis C drugs threaten to throw off course its healthcare budget, the government has said, heaping pressure on pharmaceutical companies like Gilead Sciences to cut their prices. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - October 1, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Interval Colorectal Cancers: Risk Factors and OutcomesInterval Colorectal Cancers: Risk Factors and Outcomes
How common are interval colorectal cancers, how could they be prevented, and what should both clinicians and patients be made aware of in terms of risk factors? The American Journal of Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - September 30, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news

Patients Self-Monitor With Wearable Diagnostics Patients Self-Monitor With Wearable Diagnostics
New wearable tracking technology will allow continuous monitoring and novel opportunities for diagnosis, say technologists. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - September 27, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Business of Medicine News Source Type: news

The Epidemic of Fatty Liver DiseaseThe Epidemic of Fatty Liver Disease
New recommendations are available to help clinicians combat the growing problem of fatty liver disease in both adults and children. Medscape Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - September 24, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology Expert Column Source Type: news

Study Shows Downward Trend in Sovaldi UtilizationStudy Shows Downward Trend in Sovaldi Utilization
Over the last several months there has been a 'plateau and downward trend' in the use of Gilead Sciences Inc's controversial $1,000-a-pill hepatitis C treatment, Sovaldi, a CVS Health Corp analysis showed. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - September 18, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

How Clean Are Your Endoscopes?How Clean Are Your Endoscopes?
A study assessed whether bioburden was harbored on endoscopes after manual cleaning. Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - September 17, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Infectious Diseases Viewpoint Source Type: news

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the History of Hepatitis C?Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the History of Hepatitis C?
The future is looking brighter and brighter for the diagnosis and management, and even cure, of hepatitis C. But how did we get here? Take this quiz to test your knowledge. Medscape Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - September 16, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology Interactive Quiz Source Type: news

FIT-Based Colorectal Cancer Screening Cuts CRC DeathsFIT-Based Colorectal Cancer Screening Cuts CRC Deaths
Colorectal cancer screening programs based on the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) significantly reduce CRC-specific mortality much earlier and to a larger extent than reported for guaiac fecal occult blood test. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - September 15, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Gastroenterologists' Compensation: Benefits Outweigh BotherGastroenterologists' Compensation: Benefits Outweigh Bother
Like any specialty, there are downsides, but gastroenterology is still among the most sought-after specialties by new physicians. Medscape Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - September 12, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology Article Source Type: news

Intermittent PPI Therapy Effective for High-Risk Bleeding UlcersIntermittent PPI Therapy Effective for High-Risk Bleeding Ulcers
Intermittent proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy is as effective as continuous PPI therapy for high-risk bleeding ulcers, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - September 12, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Compensation in Gastroenterology: Benefits Outweigh BotherCompensation in Gastroenterology: Benefits Outweigh Bother
Like any specialty, there are downsides, but gastroenterology is still among the most sought-after specialties by new physicians. Medscape Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - September 12, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology Article Source Type: news

Eosinophilic Esophagitis and Celiac DiseaseEosinophilic Esophagitis and Celiac Disease
What does the latest research tell us about the possible connection between the 2 diseases? Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - September 12, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Pathologists Should Review Bariatric Surgery SpecimensPathologists Should Review Bariatric Surgery Specimens
Even routine gastric sleeve resections may uncover clinically significant histologic findings requiring treatment. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - September 11, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine News Source Type: news

Gastric Banding Linked to Mycobacterium InfectionsGastric Banding Linked to Mycobacterium Infections
During the last 6 years, rapidly growing mycobacteria infections have begun to show up after gastric banding surgery in Australia without a clear identification of the source. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - September 11, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

The Opioid Constipation 'Disconnect'The Opioid Constipation 'Disconnect'
Doctors and patients have differing views on the impact of opioid-induced constipation and use of laxatives to relieve this adverse effect. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - September 10, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Presurgery Quality-of-Life Score May Predict ComplicationsPresurgery Quality-of-Life Score May Predict Complications
Patients awaiting colon cancer surgery who rated their quality of life as low were 2 and a half times more likely to experience serious surgical complications. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - September 5, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Can Cologuard Improve Colon Cancer Screening Rates?Can Cologuard Improve Colon Cancer Screening Rates?
A new multitargeted stool-based screening test could be the answer for patients who avoid colonoscopy. Dr. David Johnson offers commentary, and a couple of caveats, on its use in clinical practice. Medscape Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - September 4, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology Commentary Source Type: news

Increasing Rates of Acute HCV Among Young AmericansIncreasing Rates of Acute HCV Among Young Americans
The incidence of acute hepatitis C infection is rising rapidly among Americans aged 30 years and younger, especially those living in non-urban areas, according to U.S. data. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - September 3, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Daclatasvir (Daklinza) for Chronic Hepatitis C Cleared in EUDaclatasvir (Daklinza) for Chronic Hepatitis C Cleared in EU
The potent oral antiviral, indicated across multiple HCV genotypes and in combination with other oral drugs, yields cure rates of up to 100%, the manufacturer says. International Approvals (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - August 27, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology News Alert Source Type: news

Get Ready for Chromoendoscopic Surveillance in IBDGet Ready for Chromoendoscopic Surveillance in IBD
Dr. David Johnson discusses a new paradigm for endoscopic colorectal cancer surveillance in patients with inflammatory bowel disease that spells the end for random biopsies. Medscape Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - August 21, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology Commentary Source Type: news

Giardia Linked to Long-term Risk for IBS, Chronic Fatigue Giardia Linked to Long-term Risk for IBS, Chronic Fatigue
A new, prospective cohort study has found that previous Giardia infection may increase the risk of developing irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue, even years after infection. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - August 20, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Reassessing Crohn's Disease After Anti-TNF TherapyReassessing Crohn's Disease After Anti-TNF Therapy
Is it safe to discontinue therapy with anti-TNF agents in patients with Crohn's disease after 12 months, or are these patients likely to go into treatment withdrawal? Frontline Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - August 20, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Vertex to End Sales of Hepatitis C Drug Telaprevir (Incivek)Vertex to End Sales of Hepatitis C Drug Telaprevir (Incivek)
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc is stopping U.S. sales and distribution of its hepatitis C drug telaprevir (Incivek), whose use has been largely supplanted by new-comer sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) from Gilead Sciences. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - August 14, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Hemorrhoids Can Be a Real PainHemorrhoids Can Be a Real Pain
Patients might not bring them up, but hemorrhoids and anal fissures, along with their consequences, are common complaints. Here's how to evaluate and treat them. Medscape Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - August 14, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology Slide/Lecture Presentation Source Type: news

Gut Microbiota Thwarts Dietary Measures in Ulcerative ColitisGut Microbiota Thwarts Dietary Measures in Ulcerative Colitis
Because of differences in gut microbiota function, dietary measures that may be beneficial in healthy subjects do not have the same impact in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), according to Australian researchers. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - August 12, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

New Drugs Open Door to Treating All Patients With HCV New Drugs Open Door to Treating All Patients With HCV
Although patients with less severe liver disease can benefit from direct-acting antivirals, new guidelines help providers identify those patients who most urgently require treatment. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - August 12, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Racial Disparity in CRC Screening Despite Similar AccessRacial Disparity in CRC Screening Despite Similar Access
Colorectal cancer screening, particularly colonoscopy, is low in blacks despite similar access to care across races in a Veterans Affairs healthcare system. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - August 11, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

IBS, Chronic Idiopathic Constipation: New Guidelines IssuedIBS, Chronic Idiopathic Constipation: New Guidelines Issued
New irritable bowel syndrome and constipation treatment guidelines offer up-to-date recommendations on drug therapy and diet. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - August 6, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Hepatitis C Virus Infection Will Be Rare in 22 Years Hepatitis C Virus Infection Will Be Rare in 22 Years
New birth-cohort screening recommendations will decrease HCV disease infection burden, but more aggressive recommendations are needed to identify the individuals currently infected with HCV. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - August 6, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Picture of C. difficile Infection Changing in the USPicture of C. difficile Infection Changing in the US
The current epidemic of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in the United States may be shifting from hospitals to community settings. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - July 31, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Pathology Panel Better at Diagnosing Dysplasia With Barrett's EsophagusPathology Panel Better at Diagnosing Dysplasia With Barrett's Esophagus
Expert pathology panels are better than community pathologists at diagnosing low-grade dysplasia (LGD) in association with Barrett's esophagus, researchers from the Netherlands report. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - July 31, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Oral Hepatitis C Drugs Helping Patients Coinfected With HIVOral Hepatitis C Drugs Helping Patients Coinfected With HIV
Results from TURQUOISE-1 and PHOTON-2 show that interferon-free regimens are achieving impressive response rates with few adverse events in patients coinfected with hep C and HIV. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - July 26, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Entecavir Does Not Eliminate HCC Risk in Hepatitis B PatientsEntecavir Does Not Eliminate HCC Risk in Hepatitis B Patients
Patients taking entecavir for chronic hepatitis B are still at risk for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a recent study suggests. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - July 23, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Taking CRC Screening to the UnderservedTaking CRC Screening to the Underserved
Dr. David Kerr discusses strategies for increasing CRC screening in underserved populations in the United States, as proposed by a coalition of experts in cancer control and prevention. Medscape Oncology (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - July 14, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Hematology-Oncology Commentary Source Type: news

Senators Ask Gilead to Explain Cost of Sovaldi Hepatitis DrugSenators Ask Gilead to Explain Cost of Sovaldi Hepatitis Drug
Two members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, including Chairman Ron Wyden, asked Gilead Sciences Inc to defend the more than $80,000 cost of its breakthrough new treatment for hepatitis C. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - July 14, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Consumer Use of Over-the-Counter PPIs in Patients With GERDConsumer Use of Over-the-Counter PPIs in Patients With GERD
How closely should patients taking over-the-counter PPIs for GERD be monitored by their clinicians? The American Journal of Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - July 8, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Japan Clears First All-Oral Hepatitis C Treatment Japan Clears First All-Oral Hepatitis C Treatment
The daclatasvir plus asunaprevir combination is indicated for patients with genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C virus who cannot take or do not respond to traditional therapies. International Approvals (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - July 8, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

Capsule Endoscopy Matches CT for Completing ColonoscopyCapsule Endoscopy Matches CT for Completing Colonoscopy
Colon capsule endoscopy (CCE) and CT colonography (CTC) are both 'very effective' approaches to completing incomplete colonoscopies, a new report shows. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - July 7, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Norovirus May Cause 20% of Acute Gastroenteritis WorldwideNorovirus May Cause 20% of Acute Gastroenteritis Worldwide
Norovirus is associated with nearly one fifth of all cases of acute gastroenteritis worldwide, suggesting the need for vaccines or other targeted interventions to reduce norovirus burden. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - July 2, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Long-term Aspirin Use and Lower Pancreatic Cancer RiskLong-term Aspirin Use and Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk
The longer a person takes low-dose aspirin, the lower the risk for pancreatic cancer, according to a case-controlled population-based study. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - July 1, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Daily Kefir With Tapered Antibiotics for Recurrent C difficile InfectionDaily Kefir With Tapered Antibiotics for Recurrent C difficile Infection
The fermented drink kefir taken with a staggered and tapered antibiotic withdrawal regimen may help resolve recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), a new case series suggests. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - June 27, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

A 4-Week Hep C Cure? Bristol to Test Drugs With Gilead's SovaldiA 4-Week Hep C Cure? Bristol to Test Drugs With Gilead's Sovaldi
In the race to find a faster cure for hepatitis C, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said it will test its experimental antiviral drug combination with Gilead Sciences Inc's blockbuster drug Sovaldi (sofosbuvir). Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - June 24, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Protecting Celiac Patients From Gluten-Induced Mucosal InjuryProtecting Celiac Patients From Gluten-Induced Mucosal Injury
Celiac patients treated with a gluten-specific enzyme may be less exposed to gluten and its potential damaging effects, according to a phase 2 study from Finland. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - June 24, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news