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April 2014

Mesenteric ischemia does occur in the young
Early recognition of mesenteric ischemia in young adults and children is essential to prevent bowel loss and other serious consequences associated with this rare condition, Dr. Michael Dalsing said at a vascular surgery symposium.
 
Endoscopically placed obesity tx devices: New hope
Endoscopically placed devices that include intragastric balloons and gastrointestinal liners are being evaluated for the treatment of obesity and could eventually fill some of the current void in treatment options that fall between lifestyle changes and surgical treatments.
 
Glycerol phenylbutyrate reduces HE
Glycerol phenylbutyrate significantly reduced the number of cirrhosis patients experiencing hepatic encephalopathy and the time to first event, a phase II trial has shown.
 
Panel calls new hepatitis C drugs ‘low value’
Apanel of California medical experts says two new, once-daily drugs for hepatitis C represent “low-value” treatment alternatives for the condition because of their high price tags.
 
End-to-end testing of ICD-10 coming this summer
To address concerns about the upcoming transition to ICD-10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that it would conduct full end-to-end testing this summer.