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Guideline from CRC task force recommends starting screening at ages 45 to 49 years in all average-risk patients

Increasing disease incidence and a favorable harm-benefit ratio are two reasons to expand the age range for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening to younger patients, a task force determined.

Patients with mild acute diverticulitis can be safely treated without antibiotics in outpatient setting

Patients who presented to an ED and were randomized to receive only anti-inflammatory and symptomatic treatment had similar rates of hospitalization, return to the ED, and pain control as those who received the usual antibiotic treatment, a Spanish trial found.

AGA releases new guidance on coagulation disorders in patients with cirrhosis

A clinical practice guideline from the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) suggested against extensive preprocedural testing in patients with stable cirrhosis who are undergoing routine GI procedures, among other recommendations.

MKSAP Quiz: A 9-month history of pain, opioids

This month's quiz asks readers to determine the most appropriate management for a patient who has a 9-month history of abdominal pain that has increased with oxycodone use after surgery.

Spotlight on alcoholic hepatitis during the pandemic

Recent studies found increases in patients registering for liver transplants and receiving them, as well as more hospitalizations for alcoholic hepatitis during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Flexible sigmoidoscopy associated with long-term reduction in colorectal cancer incidence, mortality

Colorectal cancer incidence and mortality were reduced by about 20% in patients who were randomized to receive once-only flexible sigmoidoscopy screening between the ages of 55 to 64 years instead of usual care.