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  1. After Hours and Weekend Medical Care—The Doctor's Perspective
    Physicians of yesteryear were more devoted to their patients and their profession than they were to their own lifestyles, a fact that their families would attest. Times have changed.
  2. Treating Rectal Cancer: Which Approach Is Optimal?
    It is with immense pleasure that Colleen Hutchinson and I present to you perspectives on a debate that originally took place live at the annual International Colorectal Disease Symposium cosponsored by Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Cleveland Clinic Florida, in Weston.
  3. Keytruda Approved for Any Solid Tumor With Specific Biomarker
    The FDA has approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck) for the treatment of adults and children with unresectable or metastatic solid tumors with a microsatellite instability–high or mismatch repair–deficient biomarker.
  4. Expert Picks From DDW 2017: Part 1
    Researchers in South Korea conducted a multicenter, prospective randomized trial to compare the effectiveness of bilateral and unilateral deployment of self-expandable metal stents (SEMS) for palliative biliary drainage in patients with advanced hilar biliary stricture (HBS).
  5. The Role of Chemoprevention in Patients With Barrett’s Esophagus
    The prevalence of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) has been increasing, both in the United States and throughout the rest of the world.1 EAC is one of the most rapidly growing causes of cancer mortality worldwide.2-5 The common link between GERD and EAC is Barrett’s esophagus (BE), a condition that has been shown to develop in 6% to 10% of patients with GERD.6 BE, named after the Australian-born British thoracic surgeon Norman Barrett, is a premalignant condition in which the esophageal lining changes from normal squamous epithelium to columnar-lined epithelium with intestinal metaplasia (IM). GERD is considered the sole precursor to the formation of BE, which in turn can progress to EAC.
  6. The Real GI: From Hospitalist to GI Fellow, Francis Okeke, MD, MPH
    Dr. Okeke said that despite being an experienced hospitalist, GI will be entirely new for him.
  7. The Real GI: The Bottom of the GI Totem Pole With Andrew Nguyen, MD
    Dr. Nguyen is trying to get used to the idea of "starting all over" as a first-year fellow.
  8. Intestinal Microbiota Encroachment Linked to Diabetes
    Diabetes appears to increase the permeability of the intestinal epithelium, allowing bacteria in the gut to penetrate healthy mucosa and trigger inflammation, new research shows.
  9. Esophagram Square One for Diagnosing Motility Disorders
    When seeking the underlying causes of esophageal motility disorders, start with a barium swallow and advance from there.
  10. The Real GI: Finding Humor in GI With Amit Bhanvadia, MD
    Second-year fellow Dr. Bhanvadia says that humor helps him get through long work days.