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Lactulose challenge test may help determine IBS severity

February 11, 2016

Visceral sensitivity and severity of irritable bowel syndrome may be determined with the use of a nutrient and lactulose challenge test. The results of the test may also help characterize patients with IBS and help determine the efficacy of treatments.

In a prospective study, researchers examined 100 patients aged 18 to 65 years with IBS who were seen at Sahlgrenska Hospital, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, a secondary/tertiary care outpatient clinic. IBS diagnosis was based on the Rome III criteria, classification into subtypes was based on the Bristol Stool Form scale and IBS severity was assessed using patient questionnaires.

GI outbreak sickens 186 students at Pennsylvania college

February 11, 2016
An unidentified gastrointestinal illness has sickened at least 186 students at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania, as well as some members of the faculty and staff…
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LT candidates experience decreased physical function while waitlisted

February 11, 2016
Liver transplantation candidates with cirrhosis experienced significant decline in physical functioning while waitlisted for transplant. This decreased function was also…
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Novel microbiome therapy appears to prevent recurrent C. difficile infection

February 11, 2016
An investigational oral microbiome-based therapeutic safely and effectively prevented recurrent Clostridium difficile infection in patients with multiple recurrent…
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High ligand expression predicts panitumumab benefit for RAS wild-type colorectal cancer

February 11, 2016
High epiregulin and amphiregulin expression levels appeared to serve as a predictive biomarker for PFS benefit from panitumumab therapy in patients with RAS wild-type…
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The Transplant Patient with HCV Infection

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HCV-associated liver disease necessitates the need for liver transplantation more than any other condition. This…
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VIDEO: Short-course chemoradiation trial results could change standard of care in advanced rectal cancer

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The Patient with Hepatitis B

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This CME activity will focus on the diagnosis and management of patients with hepatitis B.
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