Probiotics: A Review for Clinical Use.
Interest in modifying the gut flora by consuming foods or microbes that may improve overall health dates back to the early 1900s, when it was theorized that certain milks and yogurts may provide a health benefit to the populations consuming them. The mechanisms of action of probiotics in various diseases are not completely understood, but […]
IBD Patients Self-treating with Nonconventional Remedies.
Gastroenterologists should warn against using alternative approaches in lieu of prescribed medications. An estimated 30-50%, and possibly 60%, of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), turn to complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) to ease symptoms and exert more control over their treatment. “Patients often see these as more natural and therefore safer and less toxic […]
Small Fraction of GI Patients Drive More than 50% of Hospital Costs.
Targeting populations at highest need could improve outcomes, save money. As in other medical conditions, a small fraction of high-need, high-cost patients with gastrointestinal (GI) and liver diseases contribute disproportionately to hospitalization costs, according to a nationwide database analysis published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The study found that across five common diseases, patients in the […]