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In this edition of Gastroenterology Digest, Stephen J.D. O’Keefe, MD, discusses dietary prevention of colon cancer and other noncommunicable westernized diseases, and David Levinthal, MD, discusses cyclic vomiting syndrome in addition to the recognition and guidelines for treatment. Andres Duarte-Rojo, MD, PhD, discusses clinical utility of non-invasive liver disease assessment. Randall E. Brand, MD, Beth Dudley Yurkovich, MS, MPH, CGC, and Eve Karloski, MS, CGC, discuss pancreatic cancer surveillance, and Nelson Valentin, MD, explores what happens when the liver fails. 

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe to patients the benefits of consuming at least 50 grams of fiber per day, which should reduce their risk of colon cancer and many other diseases.
  • Recognize the most common symptoms of cyclic vomiting syndrome in adults.
  • Implement their diagnostic skills for the assessment of liver fibrosis, such that non-invasive liver disease assessments are considered more frequently and liver biopsy is used more selectively.
  • Identify patient and family characteristics that indicate a patient would likely benefit from an assessment of pancreatic cancer risk and explain what surveillance for pancreatic cancer would entail, if indicated, after the risk assessment.

Disclosures

Drs. Harrison, O'Keefe, Valentin, Phillips, and Beth Dudley Yurkovich, Eve Karloski, and Joy Jenko Merusi have reported no relevant relationships with entities producing health care goods or services.

Dr. Levinthal has financial interests with the following entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Consultant: Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Schoen has financial interests with the following entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Grant/Research Support: Freenome, Immunovia

Dr. Duarte-Rojo has financial interests with the following entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Grant/Research Support: Axcella Health, Inc.
  • Consultant: Axcella Health, Inc.

Dr. Randall Brand, has financial interests with the following entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Grant/Research Support: Immunovia, Freenome

All presenters' disclosures of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients is listed above. No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers, and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at http://ccehs.upmc.com and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.

Release Date: 12/22/2021 | Last Modified On: 12/22/2021 | Expires: 12/22/2022

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