Capsule Robot May Increase Compliance and Eliminate the Need for Sedation in Colonoscopy

A novel, autonomously controlled capsule robot, recently tested in colon exploration, may increase patient compliance with colonoscopy by decreasing the pain associated with the procedure and possibly eliminating the need for sedation. The capsule robot is being developed by The STORM (Science and Technology of Robotics in Medicine Lab) at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.  “Many …

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Upadacitinib offers hope for refractory Crohn’s disease patients in phase 2 trial

– Sanborn discusses study results, JAK Inhibitors, IBD trial design Positive results of a phase 2 clinical trial of upadacitinib, an oral JAK1 inhibitor, in Crohn’s disease patients were presented during the Late-Breaking Abstract Plenary Session at Digestive Disease Week 2017 in Chicago. The CELEST dose ranging study demonstrated endoscopic improvement and clinical benefit of upadacitinib …

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Biosimilars in IBD – what patients need to know

In 2016 the US Food and Drug administration approved two biosimilar products which will be used in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease in the near future. The FDA has approved Inflectra, a biosimilar to Janssen’s Remicade (infliximab) and Amjevita, a biosimilar to Abbvie’s Humira (adalimumab). What is a biosimilar? The FDA defines a biosimilar …

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Patient-Centered Home for IBD Treats Whole Patient

Implementation of the first patient-centered medical home for inflammatory bowel disease has resulted in decreases in emergency room visits and hospitalizations and improvement in quality of life in the first year, according to a study of IBD patients at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Results of the study, Decreased Emergency Room Utilization and Hospitalizations, …

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