Elevations in aspartate aminotransferase and direct bilirubin levels were significantly more common among patients in China who died of COVID-19 than those who survived to hospital discharge, a retrospective study found.
Guidelines currently recommend nonselective beta-blockers or variceal band ligation for primary prevention of variceal bleeding based on similar efficacy, but survival benefit may be better with the former treatment.
To reduce overuse, a Dutch trial provided a self-managed, web-based educational intervention containing information on gastric function, dyspepsia, and upper GI tract endoscopy to some patients referred for the procedure by their primary care
Although hypnotherapy did not improve quality of life, psychological symptoms, cognition, self-efficacy, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms significantly more than an educational support program, it may provide relief to patients by changing
Significantly more patients taking the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist had resolution of their nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) than those taking placebo, but rates of liver fibrosis improvement were similar between groups, an
Patients at a federally qualified health center system in Central Texas who were not up to date on colorectal cancer (CRC) screening were mailed a packet containing an introductory letter, a fecal immunochemical test (FIT), easy-to-read instructions,
Endoscopic ultrasonography should be used only if the diagnosis is in question after cross-sectional imaging, according to a guideline from the American College of Gastroenterology.
Menopausal hormone therapy should not be used in women with decompensated liver function, Budd-Chiari syndrome, or hepatocellular adenomas, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) said, among other recommendations.
Patients with reflux symptoms and inadequate response to proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) discontinued the drugs for a week and then had their acid exposure time measured by a wireless pH capsule in a recent study.
The guidelines also highlight the importance of team-based care for these patients and enhanced recovery after bariatric surgery.