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Gastric Cancer Risk Doubled With Long-term PPI Use Print E-mail
Written by Megan Brooks | Medscape   
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 00:00
 
Use of a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) after Helicobacter pylori eradication more than doubles the risk for gastric cancer, according to a population-based study from Hong Kong. The "clear dose-response and time-response" trend in PPI use and gastric cancer risk observed suggests the need for "caution when prescribing long-term PPIs to these patients even after successful eradication of H. pylori," write Wai Keung Leung, MBChB, MD, from Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong, and colleagues. The study was published online October 31 in Gut.
 
Case Study: Wrong Site Surgery Print E-mail
Written by Hall B. Whitworth, Jr., MD | Mutual Matters   
Monday, 09 October 2017 00:00

A 49-year-old man underwent a colonoscopy by a colorectal surgeon who identified a large, firm tumor causing partial narrowing, approximately 60-70 cm from the entry site. Pathology of this tumor was suspicious for carcinoma. In addition, a polypectomy was performed at a different location, and the site was tattooed. Pathology of this second site was consistent with tubulovillous adenoma.
 
Two weeks later, the same surgeon performed a partial colectomy of the tattooed area, believing it to be the marker for the tumor to be removed. On further consideration, after the procedure, the surgeon reviewed the colonoscopy and pathology reports and realized the wrong portion of the colon had been removed.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 18:38
 
New STD Cases Hit Record High in U.S. Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 02 October 2017 00:00

Sandee LaMotte reports for CNN on September 28, 2017:

In 2016, Americans were infected with more than 2 million new cases of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia, the highest number of these sexually transmitted diseases ever reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
 
"STDs are out of control with enormous health implications for Americans," said David Harvey, Executive Director of the National Coalition of STD Directors. The coalition represents state, local and territorial health departments who focus on preventing STDs. "If not treated, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis can have serious consequences, such as infertility, neurological issues, and an increased risk for HIV," said Harvey.

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Last Updated on Monday, 23 October 2017 11:37
 
FDA OKs First Duodenoscope With Disposable Cap Print E-mail
Written by Robert Lowes | Medscape   
Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today <9/20/17> approved the first duodenoscope with a disposable, single-use distal cap, which will make it easier to decontaminate the device and thereby reduce the threat of spreading deadly antibiotic-resistant infections.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 23 September 2017 11:50
 
PURE Shakes Up Nutritional Field: Finds High Fat Intake Beneficial Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 04 September 2017 12:14

Sue Hughes reports from Barcelona, Spain for Medscape on August 29, 2017:

A new study of dietary habits in 135,000 people around the world is set to shake up the nutrition field, with results showing high fat intake-including saturated fat-was associated with a reduced risk of mortality. The PURE study, which followed participants from 18 countries for 7 years, also found that high carbohydrate intake was associated with an increased risk of mortality...
 
Senior author of the PURE study, Dr Salim Yusuf (McMaster University, Hamilton, ON), commented to theheart.org/Medscape Cardiology:
 
My advice to the general population to lead a healthy lifestyle is don't smoke and take exercise...And then I would say maintain a reasonable weight...Eat a balanced diet-a bit of meat, fish, several portions of fruit and vegetables, but you don't have to be vegan or eat an excessive amount of plants to be healthy...This is good old-fashioned advice. When I showed these results to my mother, she said, 'Why did you bother doing this study? This is what our grandmothers and their grandmothers have been advocating for centuries.' And actually she is right.    

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Last Updated on Saturday, 23 September 2017 11:23
 
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