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Guideline urges caution when assessing symptoms of pancreatic cysts

The American College of Gastroenterology guideline addresses common clinical questions about management and provides guidance regarding when to refer for additional evaluation.

Calcium supplements may increase the risk of sessile polyps, study finds

The trial randomly assigned patients with a history of at least one adenoma to receive 1,200 mg of elemental calcium per day, 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day, both supplements, or placebo for a treatment period of three to five years.

Prophylactic HCV treatment with direct-acting antivirals appears safe in noninfected kidney recipients

Researchers studied 10 hepatitis C virus (HCV)-negative recipients of 10 HCV-positive donor kidneys in an open-label, nonrandomized trial.

MKSAP quiz: Follow-up for long-term heartburn

This month's quiz asks readers to determine the appropriate next step in management for a 70-year-old man who has had heartburn for 7 years.

Spotlight on perinatal HBV

A double-blind trial compared the effectiveness of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate versus placebo for prevention of perinatal transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV), while another study examined postpartum disease flares of treatment-naïve mothers with chronic HBV.

FDA sends warning to duodenoscope manufacturers

The manufacturers have not fulfilled requirements to conduct studies assessing the real-world effectiveness of device reprocessing, the FDA said.

Mobile app increased screening rates, colonoscopy decreased mortality risk, studies find

One recent study used an iPad app to incorporate a decision aid for colorectal cancer screening, while another study looked at colonoscopy among U.S. veterans.

Guidance issued on evaluation, treatment of hemorrhoids

Primary first-line therapy for patients with symptomatic hemorrhoid disease should typically include dietary modification to ensure adequate fluid and fiber intake and counseling on defecation habits, the guidelines said.