Study supports having post-FIT colonoscopy within 10 months | Research links GI syndrome to cirrhosis, portal hypertension | Data indicate bezlotoxumab may reduce recurrent C. diff
April 26, 2017
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Study supports having post-FIT colonoscopy within 10 months
Waiting more than 10 months to have a colonoscopy following a positive fecal immunochemical test was linked to a higher risk of colorectal cancer and more advanced disease at diagnosis, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "This study suggests patients have a little time to make arrangements for the exam around their work or personal schedules," said lead author Dr. Douglas Corley of Kaiser Permanente.
Healio (free registration)/Gastroenterology (4/25),  Reuters (4/25) 
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Research links GI syndrome to cirrhosis, portal hypertension
Researchers linked cirrhosis and portal hypertension with what they called "acute on chronic GI bleeding" syndrome, according to a study in the Journal of Investigative Medicine. The study found patients with acute on chronic bleeding had lower 30-day mortality rates than those with only acute bleeding.
Healio (free registration)/Gastroenterology (4/24) 
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Data indicate bezlotoxumab may reduce recurrent C. diff
An analysis of the MODIFY trials indicated one infusion of bezlotoxumab reduced the incidence of recurrent Clostridium difficile infection in inflammatory bowel disease patients, researchers reported at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Researchers cautioned, however, that the study cohort was small and more data are needed.
Healio (free registration)/Gastroenterology (4/24) 
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Legal & Regulatory
WHO: Hepatitis now a major global health threat
The rise in the number of deaths caused by hepatitis makes the disease a global health threat on the level of tuberculosis and HIV, according to a World Health Organization report. The data, presented at the International Liver Congress, showed a 22% increase in deaths resulting from chronic hepatitis B and C from 2000 to 2015, with 328 million people infected with viral hepatitis in 2015.
MedPage Today (free registration) (4/21) 
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FDA issues 14 warning letters, 4 online advisories over unapproved cancer drugs
Four online advisory letters and 14 warning letters have been issued by the FDA to US-based firms for marketing and selling more than 65 products with claims that they could cure, prevent or reverse cancer, although the claims are not proven and the products have not gotten the approval of the FDA. Some of the claims involved colon cancer and stomach ulcers.
Medscape (free registration) (4/25),  Pharmacy Times online (4/25),  Regulatory Focus (4/25) 
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Practice News
Survey examines instances of EHR outages affecting patient safety
SERMO surveyed 3,086 physicians from 26 countries and found that 46% have witnessed an EMR/EHR outage or malfunction that endangered a patient's health or safety. Fifty-five percent of physicians in the US said they experienced such an incident, followed by 46% -- the global average -- in Canada and the UK and 39% in France. (4/24) 
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Business & Market Trends
Endoscopy equipment market poised for growth
The endoscopy equipment market is expected to hit $35.3 billion by 2021 with a compound annual growth rate of 6.2% because of technological advancements, according to ReportBuyer. Ethicon, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Stryker and Olympus are among the key market players. (4/25) 
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Patient's Perspective
Survey shows what patients look for when choosing physician
Survey data from Weatherby Healthcare found that key factors considered by patients when selecting a new physician were experience, competence, cost and a positive attitude. The survey showed 46% of patients were very satisfied with their physician, and 59% of physicians said they wanted more time to communicate with patients. (4/25) 
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ACG News
Deadline for WCOG at ACG2017 Call for Abstracts is Monday, June 5
Interested in presenting your research at the World Congress? Log in and submit an abstract for your research to be considered as an oral or poster presentation at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG2017 Annual Scientific Meeting (WCOG at ACG2017), Oct. 13-18, in Orlando. More than 40 awards in a variety of areas will be given to outstanding abstracts. In addition, back by popular demand, share your unique case or case series with colleagues by submitting it for presentation during Live from Orlando! The 5th Annual Endoscopy Video Forum to be held on Monday, Oct. 16. The 75-minute session will focus on endoscopy techniques and challenging or unique cases in the area of GI endoscopy. The deadline to submit is Monday, June 5, 11:59 p.m. EDT. Go directly to the submission site. Learn more about WCOG at ACG2017.
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Esophageal Disorders
Join leading experts John E. Pandolfino, MD, MSCI, FACG, Ikuo Hirano, MD, FACG, and Srinadh Komanduri, MD, MS, for Esophageal Disorders, one of six sessions offered at the Midwest Regional Postgraduate Course, Aug. 26 and 27, at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark in St. Louis. Topics during the Esophageal Disorders session include GERD: A Personalized Medicine Approach, Dysphagia: A Simple Algorithmic Approach, and Management of Barrrett's Esophagus: Surveillance to Ablation. During hands-on sessions on Saturday afternoon, you can hone your technical skills in mucosal ablation. One day prior to the Postgraduate Course, ACG's new IBD School will be held on Friday, Aug. 25. This day-long educational program combines an immersion in IBD management with a clinical update on new therapeutic and monitoring approaches. Register now. Review the Course Brochure.
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