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February 2015

New drugs help but IBD questions remain
Independent investigators eager to author studies that have notable impact on the field of  inflammatory bowel disease have plenty of important paths to pursue, according to Dr. Jean-Frederic Colombel, a professor of gastroenterology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York.

Bariatric surgery linked to lower mortality
Obese patients in the Veterans Administration health system who underwent bariatric surgery had lower all-cause mortality 5 and 10 years after the procedure than did matched patients who didn’t have bariatric surgery, according to a report published in JAMA.

AGA comment on specialty certification and recertification
As leaders of the AGA, we want you to know that AGA is pushing the American Board of Internal Medicine to make significant improvements to the current system of maintenance of certification.

Analysis: Push for expanded hepatitis C screening premature
The recent advent of new treatments for hepatitis C prompted organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and the World Health Organization to recommend expanded hepatitis C screening, but such screening may be premature, according to a subject analysis.

Legislation would ease burden of Stage 2 meaningful use
Legislation to ease the attestation burden physicians must meet under Stage 2 of meaningful use has been reintroduced in Congress.

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