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Florida physician gets 4y for fraud

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Italian surgeon claims first head transplant

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Some physicians prescribe homeopathy despite doubts

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Making music from microbes

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AMA seeks simpler e-prescribing

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Physicians favor research from rich countries

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Diabetes Vitals for November 2017
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Diabetes Vitals for November 2017

Suboptimal diabetes screening for the severely mentally ill | Antidepressants linked to pediatric T2DM risk | Language guidelines for diabetes encounters | Diabetes specialists underestimate NAFLD burden.

  • Clinical Essentials from J Am Geriatr Soc
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Dementia risk is not elevated for older PPI users

A cohort study among nearly 3500 older adults.

  • Clinical Essentials from Gastroenterology
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Gastric and esophageal cancer: no survival benefit for aspirin

A study of cancer registries in England and Scotland.

  • Clinical Essentials from Am J Gastroenterol
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Depression in IBD linked to worse disease course

A questionnaire for depression is more sensitive than simple self-report.

Liver Disease Vitals for November 2017
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Liver Disease Vitals for November 2017

Triple-regimen for DAA-refractory HCV | High DAA success rate in advanced disease | AFP post-DAA predicts short-term HCC risk in HCV cirrhosis | HCV clearance halts fibrosis progression.

  • Clinical Essentials from Liver Int
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NAFLD: text messaging intervention boosts weight loss

Results of a randomized pilot study.

  • Clinical Essentials from Aliment Pharmacol Ther
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IBD and infliximab treatment failure

At 2 wk, low drug levels and anti-drug antibodies predict nonresponse.

  • Clinical Essentials from Am J Gastroenterol
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Diverticulitis risk powerfully correlated with lifestyle

Large risk reductions appear possible with combined lifestyle modifications.

  • Clinical Essentials from J Cystic Fibrosis
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CF: do probiotics prevent hospitalizations?

A small trial’s findings are at odds with previous small studies.

  • Clinical Essentials from J Clin Gastroenterol
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More physical activity, less erosive esophagitis

And more esophagitis linked to higher BMI.

  • Clinical Essentials from Gastroenterology Res
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PPIs for cystic fibrosis linked to more hospitalizations

The results held through multivariate analysis.

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FDA approves first 2-dose hep B vaccine

The first US hepatitis B vaccine to be approved in over 25 y.

  • Clinical Essentials from Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys
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HIV+ anal cancer: CD4 count predicts toxicity, recurrence risk

Study shows prognostic significance of low pre- and post-treatment levels.

  • Clinical Essentials from JAMA
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IBD: elevated lymphoma risk with anti-TNF agents or thiopurines

Combination therapy further raises the risk.