Gastrointestinal Disease Vitals for April 2017

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We screened 604 studies on Gastrointestinal Disease this month. These are the most important.

Colorectal cancer: 29% of cases occur in patients younger than 55 y

Source: J Natl Cancer Inst

  • For contemporary US birth cohorts, age-specific colorectal cancer risk has declined to the level of those born circa 1890.
  • Nearly one-third of patients with rectal cancer are <55 y.


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C difficile: high burden of infection in long-term care facilities

Source: J Am Geriatr Soc

  • This study found a substantially increased burden of Clostridium difficile infection among long-term care facility residents, with increased disease prevalence, severity, and recurrence.


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Moderate to severe IBD more than triples risk for preterm birth

Source: Inflamm Bowel Dis

  • The majority of patients with IBD are diagnosed at age 15-35 y, corresponding to the peak reproductive years in women.
  • Among women with the highest degree of IBD disease activity, risk for preterm birth was increased more than 3-fold.


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