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  1. Colonoscopy Checklist: Things You Should Be Doing, but Often Don’t
    Best practices aren’t accidental. Like Aristotle’s virtues, they are refined and reinforced by habit.
  2. Gastro Practices Drawing Attention From Investors
    We are in the Golden Age of older rectums—from a supply side, at least. Elderly people will make up 20% of the population by 2030, and health care costs are projected to approach 20% of the nation’s gross domestic product—the highest in the world, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  3. Stem Cells Show Durable Benefit For Perianal Fistulas
    Orlando, Fla.—In a double-blind, phase 3 trial in patients with Crohn’s disease, stem cell treatment of perianal fistulas provided even better outcomes at 52 weeks than originally reported at 26 weeks.
  4. Novel Drug Eases Carcinoid Syndrome Diarrhea
    Think back to the worst stomach flu you’ve ever had. Now imagine the horrible diarrhea you experienced during that 24- to 36-hour period was your daily normal—day in, day out—indefinitely.
  5. Hard Pill to Swallow
    In what’s definitely not a case of taking as directed, an elderly woman suffered a perforated esophagus after swallowing a 25-mg dose of Benadryl that was still encased in its blister packaging.
  6. Infant Formula With Whey and Probiotics Soothes Colic
    A partially hydrolyzed whey-based infant formula with less lactose and added probiotics significantly reduced crying associated with colic, researchers have found. Not surprisingly, the decrease in crying time was associated with a steep improvement in quality of life reported by parents.
  7. Safety and Regulation of Anesthesia In the Office-Based Setting
    This article describes the process by which an office surgery center becomes accredited. Maintenance of accreditation is also explained.
  8. Organism Overgrowth Associated With Colectomy
    People who have undergone colectomy are much more likely to develop intestinal overgrowth of bacteria and fungi than others with intact bowels, new research shows.
  9. Pot Use Has Hazy Link to Acute Pancreatitis
    Cannabis use does not worsen the severity of acute pancreatitis, according to a study presented at the 2017 Digestive Disease Week.
  10. Can Embracing the Humanities Help Us Be Better Physicians?
    Charles Percy Snow (1905-1980), the esteemed British scientist and novelist, delivered the 1959 Rede Lecture in the Senate House, Cambridge, on May 7, addressing the controversial issue of “Two Cultures.”