In the Journals

This feature offers timely executive summaries of the most relevant journals in hepatology. Through peer “Perspectives,” full bibliographical information and links to the original journal abstract, In the Journals are a step wider and deeper than journal reviews health care professionals may be accustomed.

In the Journals

Number of opioids prescribed falls as long-term prescriptions rise

March 15, 2019
Over a period of 12 years, the number of opioids prescribed per person decreased, whereas the prescribing rate for long-term prescriptions increased…
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Physician burnout rate increases, broad-based approaches alleviate causes

March 15, 2019
The rate of physician burnout increased 5% during a 3-year period, according to findings recently published in JAMA Network Open. Researchers also…
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HCV, HBV viral control improves kidney transplant survival rates

March 14, 2019
Kidney transplant recipients with hepatitis B and hepatitis C in whom viral replication was controlled had similar overall and graft survival rates…
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Portal hypertension predicts liver transplantation later in biliary atresia course

March 13, 2019
Recent study results showed that cholangitis episodes and the presence of portal hypertension or gastroesophageal varices in adolescence may predict…
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7% of patients coinfected with HCV and HIV fail DAA therapy

March 13, 2019
An analysis of patients with HIV who were being treated for hepatitis C virus infection found that 7% failed direct-acting antiviral therapy, and…
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Combining bezafibrate with UDCA improves long-term PBC prognosis

March 12, 2019
Adding bezafibrate to ursodeoxycholic acid monotherapy for primary biliary cholangitis improved both GLOBE and UK-PBC scores as well as long-term…
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Health IT tool in waiting room improves clinician, patient communication

March 11, 2019
A simple waiting room-based tool on an iPad that researchers dubbed the Visit Planner significantly improved visit communication between primary care…
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Dual opioid prescriptions from VA, Medicare linked to higher risk for overdose death

March 11, 2019
Receiving opioid prescriptions from both the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Medicare Part D was independently associated with two to three…
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Western Pacific Region progressing toward HBV control, MTCT elimination

March 4, 2019
Between 2005 and 2017, countries in the Western Pacific Region achieved marked progress toward hepatitis B control and elimination of mother-to-child…
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Ketogenic diet improves NAFLD, fibrosis in patients with type 2 diabetes

February 28, 2019
Comprehensive continuous care intervention with a ketogenic diet significantly improved surrogate markers of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and…
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