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Could my favorite cocktail give me more than alcohol poisoning?

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CMS policy spurs outpatient knee replacement

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Adams confirmed as surgeon general

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Physician must stop marketing 3-parent baby technique

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NPs, PAs boost productivity: survey

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Practices exempted from MIPS could miss out

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HCV: DAA retreatment 96% successful after first-line failure

Data from a real-world study of patients failing NS5A-based regimens.

Statins linked to decreased risk of C diff infection | WCG
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Statins linked to decreased risk of C diff infection | WCG

Statins have pleiotropic effects beyond cholesterol lowering.

Impaired bolus clearance linked to reflux symptoms | WCG
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Impaired bolus clearance linked to reflux symptoms | WCG

Duration of symptoms was significantly longer with impaired bolus clearance.

Many patients with celiac disease inadvertently consume gluten daily | WCG
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Many patients with celiac disease inadvertently consume gluten daily | WCG

Consumption of foods containing gluten was influenced by sex and significantly higher for unmarried vs married patients.

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Beta-blockers and risk for upper GI bleed

No protective effect in a population-based study.

Smoking increases risk of colonic diverticulosis | WCG
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Smoking increases risk of colonic diverticulosis | WCG

Smoking cessation might be a protective factor.

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PPIs: risk for stroke, MI rises with long-term use and high doses

Nationwide cohort study show greatest risk with high doses.

Cannabis could modulate inflammatory effect of alcohol on pancreas | WCG
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Cannabis could modulate inflammatory effect of alcohol on pancreas | WCG

Patients who used cannabis had a less severe presentation of acute pancreatitis.

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Diagnosing pediatric IBD with magnetic resonance enterography

A meta-analysis found good sensitivity and specificity.

PPIs don’t affect BMD | WCG
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PPIs don’t affect BMD | WCG

Past studies showing an association didn’t use DEXA appropriately.

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CRC screening: which FOBT wins in a head-to-head study?

Two FITs scored slightly higher than a high-sensitivity guaiac fecal occult blood test.

  • Clinical Essentials from Obes Surg
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Is bariatric surgery safe for IBD patients?

Reassuring results, for the most part, in a retrospective study.

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Severe C. difficile colitis: dramatic drop in deaths with fecal transplant

Authors call for immediate guidelines change.

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Cannabis tied to reduced steatosis in HCV/HIV

ANRS CO13 HEPAVIH data show benefit for daily use.