Wake up Europe—it’s World IBD Day!

May 19, 2015 | By Christen Rune Stensvold

World IBD Day (#worldIBDday) is observed on May 19 every year. This is the day for the millions of patients with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), their supporters and IBD organizations worldwide to raise awareness, advance the understanding of the impact of IBD on human health and highlight the large number of people affected.


The need for novel GORD diagnostic tools

May 14, 2015 | By Rui Castro

Gone are the days when a doctor would diagnose gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD) simply by asking about symptoms and/or evaluating the response to acid suppression. Though this is still the case in many clinical practices, particularly for patients who have uncomplicated symptoms, a more accurate diagnosis usually involves undertaking invasive and expensive procedures that, nonetheless, are still claimed to have only moderate sensitivity and specificity. As such, more specific, noninvasive...

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Decide on the Spot: Benign or malignant disease?

May 12, 2015 | By Bjorn Rembacken

The photograph shows the findings in a 65-year-old woman undergoing investigations for anaemia. Her only medications are ibuprofen for backache and tamoxifen, which was started 7 years previously.


Is your ward happy?

May 07, 2015 | By Bjorn Rembacken

I was woken up whilst on call recently by one of the staff nurses on our gastroenterology ward. It had been a busy day and, in addition to five new admissions, one patient—a withdrawing alcoholic—had become encephalopathic and was in the process of using a chair to try to smash through a window on the fifth floor. Earlier in the evening the same nurse had been hit in the mouth when she told another liver patient that he couldn’t go for a cigarette.

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A 30-year-old diagnosis

May 05, 2015 | By Bjorn Rembacken

The photograph shows what was found in an elderly patient who was being investigated for iron deficiency anaemia.

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