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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a MedWatch Safety Alert on Tuesday about the potential risk for SARS-CoV-2 transmission with the use of fecal microbiota for transplantation to treat Clostridioides difficile infection.

FDA Issues Safety Alert for COVID-19 Risk With Fecal Transplant

Studies have recently shown SARS-CoV-2 present in stool of infected patients, suggesting transmission risk
In a special article published online March 17 in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Information on COVID-19 Provided for Gastroenterologists

COVID-19 can include GI symptoms such as diarrhea; gastrointestinal tract is potential route of infection
For adults with any of six chronic inflammatory diseases

Cumulative Dose of Oral Steroids Associated With HTN Incidence

Incidence of hypertension higher for adults on oral steroids for any of six chronic inflammatory diseases
From 1990 to 2017

1990 to 2017 Saw Increases in Primary Liver Cancer Cases

PLC cases diagnosed before age 30 decreased, but those diagnosed at 30 to 59, ≥60 years increased
The number of cases in an Escherichia coli outbreak linked to clover sprouts has reached 39 in six states

E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Clover Sprouts Rises to 39 Cases in Six States

25 new cases Feb. 26; two people have been hospitalized
For patients with obesity

Bariatric Surgery Tied to Lower Long-Term Risk for Major CV Events

Reduction mainly due to decrease in myocardial infarction, but not in acute ischemic stroke
Patients with coronavirus 2019 frequently have digestive symptoms

Digestive Symptoms Reported for About Half of COVID-19 Patients

Likelihood of being cured, discharged higher for patients without versus with digestive symptoms
Online forum users commonly report that a ketogenic diet can lead to several flu-like symptoms within the first few weeks on the diet

Chat Users Report Flu-Like Symptoms With Keto Diet

A cluster of transient symptoms occurring within the first few weeks on the diet described online
From 2006 to 2016

Per-Capita Medical Radiation Exposure Down in United States

2006 to 2016 saw drop in annual individual effective dose from diagnostic, interventional procedures
In two guideline updates from the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer

Recommendations Updated for Postcolonoscopy Management

Guidance also provided for removal techniques for colorectal lesions of different sizes