October 2012 Vol XXXVI Issue 10

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Diseases of the Pancreas, SERIES #7

Complications Of Acute Pancreatitis

Xuong Lu, Elie Aoun

Acute pancreatitis is an aggressive inflammatory process which may have variable regional and remote organ involvement. The onset of complications may occur at any time during the course of the acute illness. This review focuses on the local complications of acute pancreatitis and their management thereof.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Practical Approach, Series #78

HPV Infection and Vaccination in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Jill K. J. Gaidos, Stephen J. Bickston

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is an extremely prevalent infection, which can lead to genital warts or anogenital cancers. Studies have shown an increased prevalence of cervical dysplasia, a precursor to cervical cancer, among women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), particularly among women on immunosuppressive medications. Here we discuss vaccination for HPV which is approved and recommended for use in all individuals ages 9 - 26, including immunosuppressed patients.

Nutrition Issues in Gastroenterology, Series #110

Bile Acids: An Underrecognized and Underappreciated Cause of Chronic Diarrhea

Rafiul Sameer Islam, John K. DiBaise

Bile acid malabsorption (BAM) remains an underrecognized cause of chronic diarrhea and results in many patients receiving an incorrect diagnosis, thereby delaying proper treatment. The goal of this review is to raise awareness of this clinical condition so that it may be considered in the differential diagnosis of chronic diarrhea.

A Case Report

Hepatotoxicity Associated with the Use of White Flood, a Nutritional Supplement

Stanley Martin Cohen, Elizabeth Heywood, Anjana Pillai, Joseph Ahn

Departments Section

From the Pediatric Literature

Does Parenteral Nutrition Cycling Reduce Cholestasis in Pre-term Infants?

It is known that prolonged parenteral nutrition (PN) use causes parenteral nutrition-associated cholestasis (PNAC) in premature infants. Prior studies have evaluated the effectiveness of cycling PN in children to see if the incidence of PNAC can be reduced. However, there are no studies evaluating the effect of cycling PN for preterm infants.

Medical Bulletin Board

The new HUMIRA® (adalimumab) Talking Training Pen provides an important bridge from the doctor's office to the patient's home and a new advancement for patient education

About the HUMIRA Talking Pen
The healthcare industry has only just begun to scratch the surface of the potential for adapting current consumer technologies to improve the patient experience. We have cars and even homes that talk to us, and technologies such as these are beginning to surface in healthcare. Abbott is taking the lead in patient experience, introducing the audio-enhanced HUMIRA® (adalimumab) Talking Training Pen, which trains patients on administering the medication. The Pen uses a multi-sensory approach, engaging sight, touch and hearing, to more effectively educate patients aboutHUMIRA.

GIQuIC Colonoscopy Quality Registry Surpasses 100,000 Cases

Milestone Underscores Value of Clinical Benchmarking Tool for Gastroenterology Practices
BETHESDA, MD. The GI Quality Improvement Consortium, Ltd. (GIQuIC), a joint initiative of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, announced today that more than 100,000 colonoscopy cases have been submitted to a national registry of endoscopic procedures.