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Study finds substantial increase in HCV infection among younger women, children

Data from the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System and the Quest Diagnostics Health Trends database were used to estimate the incidence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among women ages 15 to 44 years and children ages 2 to 13 years.

Tofacitinib more effective than placebo for ulcerative colitis, industry-funded study finds

The drug was evaluated in three multicenter, phase 3, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials involving patients with moderately to severely active disease.

Anticoagulants safe, effective in cirrhosis with portal vein thrombosis, review finds

Researchers analyzed eight studies with 353 patients to assess the effect of low-molecular-weight heparin or warfarin on recanalization, thrombosis progression, and bleeding.

MKSAP quiz: 3-week history of substernal chest pain

This week's quiz asks readers to determine the appropriate next step in management for a 60-year-old woman with dull, nonradiating pain that is unrelated to activities.

Spotlight on statin therapy

Studies published in May found a potential benefit of statin therapy for three different conditions.

ACP and the American Academy of HIV Medicine collaborate on new guide to hepatitis C testing

The guide includes a summary of the latest testing recommendations; diagnostic, billing, and laboratory codes for testing; resources for referrals to HCV-experienced clinicians; and information on patient interactions, education, conversations, and case examples.

Regorafenib now FDA-approved to treat hepatocellular carcinoma

Approved use of the drug has been expanded to include treatment of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma who have been treated with sorafenib.

Interval cancer after screening colonoscopy more common in black patients than in white patients

Adjusting for the physicians' detection rate did not alter the differences in risk associated with race/ethnicity, the study noted.

Review finds benefit to early feeding for mild to moderate pancreatitis

The results support feeding acute pancreatitis patients sooner than recommended by current guidelines, according to the review authors, but an accompanying editorial urged caution in applying the research to practice.

In C difficile infection, adding IV bezlotoxumab to standard antibiotics reduced recurrence at 12 weeks

A commentary in ACP Journal Club noted that it would be reasonable to consider fidaxomicin or bezlotoxumab in patients at high risk for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection or in those for whom recurrence could have devastating consequences.

Physician editorial advisor: Minhhuyen T. Nguyen, MD, Fox Chase Cancer Center