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Practical Approach to Microscopic Colitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

This paper will provide a concise comparison of the epidemiology, clinical features and natural history, pathophysiology and risk factors, and management of microscopic colitis compared to IBD.



Elemental and Semi-Elemental Formulas: Are They Superior to Polymeric Formulas?

Although the more expensive elemental and semi-elemental formulas are purported to be superior to polymeric or standard formulas this article evaluates whether or not this claim is supported and shows that except for a very few indications, polymeric formulas are just as effective as elemental formulas.



Pancreatitis in Pregnancy Secondary to Hyperparathyroidism and Hypercalcemia Treated by Parathyroidectomy

Presented here is a case of successful surgical parathyroidictomy in the third trimester of pregnancy after medical therapy had failed.



Nocturnal Reflux: Assessing and Addressing the Problem

Dr. Katz writes that “Compared with delayed-release PPIs, immediate-release
omeprazole offers an exciting alternative method of delivering the antisecretory efficacy of a PPI and has been shown to be effective when dosed at bedtime...”



The Clinician’s Guide to Short Bowel Syndrome

List of centers with expertise in short bowel syndrome.



Celiac Disease versus Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Diagnostic Dilemma

Celiac disease (CD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have overlapping symptoms, and can be confused for each other. This paper suggests a possible diagnostic approach to patients who are suspected to have one or both of these disorders.