February 2008 Vol 0 Issue 2

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Colorectal Screening in the Geriatric Population: Factors in Risk Assessment and Outcome Benefits

C.S. Pitchumoni, Shrivani Sharma

This paper addresses the current status of colorectal screening in the older patient and analyses the current controversies regarding screening or not screening a patient after a certain age.


Steroids and Crohn's Disease: Use and Abuse

Peter M. Irving, Peter R. Gibson

Steroids have been used to treat Crohn's disease for more than fifty years. Though steroids are associated with many side-effects, many of the side-effects may be caused by the disease itself. The authors caution that it is important to continue to optimize the use of corticosteroids in the treatment of Crohn's disease.


Nutritional Management of the Infant with Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Patti Perks, Ana Abad-Jorge

Necrotizing enterocolitis is an inflammatory gastrointestinal disease that occurs in 1 percent to 5 percent of infants in the neonatal intensive care unit and has a reported mortality rate of 25 percent to 66 percent. This article presents a review of nutritional management of necrotizing enterocolitis and related complications.


Robert J. Bonasera and Vineet Korrapati

A case for you to solve.

Departments Section

Book Reviews

Maingot's Abdominal Operations, 11th Edition

Zinner M and Ashley S, Jr, eds
McGraw Hill, New York, NY, 2007
ISBN: 978007144766; $259

This is the eleventh edition of Maingot's Abdominal Operations textbook and it has undergone major revisions.

Siegenthaler's Differential Diagnosis in Internal Medicine: From Symptoms to Diagnosis

Siegenthaler W
Thieme, New York, 2007
ISBN 978-1-58890-551-2; $129.95

The text Siegenthaler's Differential Diagnosis in Internal Medicine: From Symptoms to Diagnosis is the first English edition of a 50-year-old German text (now in its 19th edition) of differential diagnosis.

Medical Bulletin Board

Aesiva Launches RN VOICE and MANAGEIVPAIN.COM for Healthcare Providers and Parents to Reduce Pain Associated with IVs and Blood Draws in Children

Anesiva, Inc. has announced the launch of two initiatives aimed to improve peripheral venous access pain management in children.

Earlier Surgical Treatment Contributes to Better Outcomes for Some Patients with Gallstone Pancreatitis

Study shows early operation for mild to moderate cases reduces hospital stay with no increase in complications or mortality.

Integra LifeSciences Launches Flowable Wound Matrix

New Treatment for Complex Wounds.

Eltrombopag Effective for Hepatitis C Patients With Low Blood-Platelet Counts

For patients with hepatitis C, having a low blood platelet count is a frequent complication associated with advanced disease.