May 2009 Vol XXXIII Issue 5

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Practical Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis

Jesse A. Green, Cindy Huang, Richard P. MacDermott

The authors write that before choosing the initial therapeutic approach for the patient with ulcerative colitis a physician must be sure that the diagnosis is correct and the extent of disease severity is documented.


The Effect of Diabetes-Specific Enteral Formulae on Clinical and Glycemic Indicators

Mary E. Hise, M. Patricia Fuhrman

The design of diabetes mellitus-specific enteral formulae (DSEF) focuses on the amount and type of carbohydrate and fat that impacts glycemic control. These DSEF are the focus of the current review.


The Risk of Deadly Vibrio Infection in Gastroenterology Patients

Tori L. Stivers

Immunocompromised patients and those with gastroenterolgy diseases are at high-risk for serious vibrio infection. This article covers the prevalence, diagnosis and treatment as well as education for the prevention of this infection.

Departments Section

Book Reviews

Probiotics: Nature's Internal Healers

Probiotics: Nature's Internal Healers is an easy to read book that discusses various aspects of health as they may relate to probiotics. Aspects of the book with regards to the function of the gastrointestinal tract, understanding some of the current bacterial pathogens, and protecting oneself from food poisoning are informing and practical.

From the Literature

PPI Treatment of Poorly Controlled Asthma

In order to evaluate and determine whether treatment of GERD with PPI therapy in patients who have poorly controlled asthma without symptoms of GER can substantially improve asthma control, a parallel-group, double-blind trial was carried out, randomly assigning 412 participants with inadequately controlled asthma, despite treatment with inhaled corticosteroids and with minimal

Perforated Diverticular Disease

To determine the incidence and mortality associated with diverticular perforation and the incidence of comorbidity, a population-based cohort study was carried out using patients with that disorder and population controls identified from 1990 to 2005 in the general practice research database. Incidence and mortality rates were models using Poisson and Cox regression. Comorbidity was quantified using the Charlson Index.

Medical Bulletin Board

JACS Study Reports Current Shortage of Surgeons in Maryland Likely io Worsen

High proportion of older surgeons leaving practice will lead to continued surgical care shortage.
New research published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeon reveals shortages of qualified surgeons in many regions of Maryland, especially in rural areas.