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Study: Smoking increases risk of complications after colorectal surgery

A study published in the Annals of Surgery has found that smoking increases the risk of complications after major colorectal surgery; current smokers were...

FDA approves first generic capecitabine to treat breast and colorectal cancers

On Sept. 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first generic version of Xeloda (capecitabine), used to treat metastatic breast and...

Study: Regular colonoscopy screening could prevent 40% of colorectal cancers

Regular colonoscopy screening could prevent 40% of colorectal cancers, according to a study in the New England Medical Journal that followed 88,902 participants from...

Study: Dementia increases risk of incontinence

A UK study in PLOS Medicine found that people with dementia have about three times the rate of urinary incontinence and more than four...

Fecal microbiota transplantation: Breaking the chain of recurrent C. difficile infection

The author describes an innovative technique that is helping patients with C. difficile infection, including patient selection; care before, during, and after the procedure; and patient education.

FDA approves Simponi for ulcerative colitis

May 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new use for Simponi (golimumab) injection: to treat adults with moderate to severe...

Study: Disinfection team and standardized cleaning process help reduce CDI

A study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology found that a dedicated daily disinfection team, coupled with a standard cleaning process that includes requiring...

Questioning common nursing practices: What does the evidence show?

To improve patient outcomes, nurses need to challenge practice traditions.

From our readers…Value all your skills

Anyone who’s been a nurse for more than 10 years will agree with me: you can make big leaps from specialty to specialty and...

A new surgical intervention for reflux treatment

Learn about LINX, a surgical procedure for treating chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease.

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