Resumption of warfarin at discharge following hospitalization for lower gastrointestinal bleeding (LGIB) is not associated with either 90-day or 6-month mortality, reports a study, adding that death in LGIB is primarily caused by age and comorbidities.
Recipient factors such as advanced age, diabetes, haemodialysis status and ventilator use may help identify patients at risk of poor outcomes following liver transplantation, according to a recent US study.
Surgical resection (SR) as a first-line treatment for small perivascular hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) provides better long-term tumour control than radiofrequency ablation (RFA), a recent study has shown.
There appears to be a link between use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and liver cancer, although more work is needed to determine whether this association is causal or reflects residual confounding or reverse causation, according to a study.
Insertion of an irradiation stent leads to longer survival and better patency than uncovered self-expandable metallic stents (SEMS) in patients with unresectable malignant biliary obstruction, a recent multicentre trial has found.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) appear to increase the risk of major bleeding, stroke or systemic embolism, and hospitalization among patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), suggest the results of the RE-LY* trial. Moreover, there is no difference in the safety and efficacy of dabigatran etexilate (DE) 150 and 110 mg twice daily relative to warfarin.
Diabetic patients in a decompensated state and who develop type 2 myocardial infarction (MI) have an increased risk for mortality and major adverse cardiac events (MACE), according to a new study. In addition, these patients are potentially at risk for undiagnosed coronary artery disease.
Although many patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) use antihistamines, no high-level evidence exists to prove that nonsedating antihistamines reduce itch in patients with AD or provide benefit in controlling AD symptoms, except perhaps sleep and AD comorbidities such as allergic rhinitis, according to a study.