Clinical Pain Advisor met with Scharles Konadu, MD, a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Gastroenterology Specialty Board, to discuss how deeply racial inequity is woven into our health care system.
The authors review gut dysfunction and microbiota changes during HIV infection and IBD and discuss how they may induce a dysfunctional mucosal barrier, dysbiosis, and changes on the cellular level, including monocytes, macrophages, and dendritic cells.
Anna Lembke, MD, discusses how patients who use drugs are affected by the convergence of 2 public health emergencies – increasing overdose rates, and the COVID-19 pandemic – and addresses controversial solutions proposed by other investigators.
Practicing gastroenterologists are trying to figure out how to triage a comprehensive list of general endoscopic procedures that were delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic. An expert panel was formed to provide consensus recommendations regarding the prioritization of patients for these services.
The Office for Civil Rights in the US Department of Health and Human Services announced proposed changes to strengthen patients’ rights to access their own health information, improve care coordination, and reduce regulatory burdens.
Medical ethicist David J. Alfandre, MD, MS, addresses the quandary of deciding who gets priority in the allocation of healthcare resources, an issue of particular relevance today now that COVID-19 vaccinations are underway.