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7th February 2017
New guideline for preventive care in inflammatory bowel disease

A new clinical guideline from the American College of Gastroenterology has said that the primary care physician should also be involved in the management of a patient with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), especially with regard to preventive health maintenance such as vaccinations. The guideline published in the February 2017 issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology says, "To improve the care delivered to IBD patients, health maintenance issues need to be co-managed by both the gastroenterologist and primary care team. It is equally important to educate the primary care clinician to the unique health maintenance needs of the IBD patient, especially those on immunomodulators and biologic agents." The guideline includes 14 recommendations to address the preventive care needs of these patients. 
  • Guideline recommends appropriate vaccinations including influenza, pneumococcal, herpes zoster, varicella, Tdap (tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis), hepatitis A and B and HPV, as per guidelines.
  • Consult an infectious disease specialist prior to travel to endemic areas for yellow fever.
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Time and plan your meals for better heart health

AHA study suggests that meal planning and timing are just as crucial as the components of diet.

New Delhi, Feb 6, 2017: A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) has highlighted the role of meal timing and frequency in prevention of cardiovascular diseases. According to it, planning when to eat meals and snacks and not skipping breakfast are patterns associated with healthier diets, which could reduce risk of cardiovascular disease.

Specific eating patterns like skipping breakfast; intermittent fasting, meal frequency and timing of eating occasions are closely associated with poor outcomes for heart health.
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