Welcome!

Agile Computing Authors: Liz McMillan, Yeshim Deniz, Zakia Bouachraoui, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski

News Feed Item

American College of Physicians: Upper Endoscopy Is Overused in Patients With Heartburn

New Evidence-Based Paper in Annals of Internal Medicine Aims to Inform Patients and Physicians About Current and Effective Standards of Care

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/03/12 -- Heartburn is one of the primary symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and is one of the most common reasons people see a doctor. More than 113 million prescriptions are filled to treat GERD each year costing $14 billion dollars -- making it the third largest selling drug category in the world. Upper endoscopy is routinely performed for the diagnosis and management of the condition but may not be necessary according to the American College of Physicians (ACP).

In an evidence-based paper published in Annals of Internal Medicine, the ACP finds that upper endoscopy is not needed for most patients unless other serious symptoms are present. The ACP says that inappropriate use of upper endoscopy does not improve the health of patients, exposes them to preventable harms, may lead to unnecessary interventions, and results in unnecessary costs with no benefit.

The ACP finds that medication to reduce gastric acid production is warranted in most patients with typical GERD symptoms. Upper endoscopy is appropriate in patients with heartburn who are unresponsive to medicine to reduce gastric acid production. The ACP does recommend endoscopy when serious symptoms are present, such as difficult or painful swallowing, bleeding, anemia, weight loss, or recurrent vomiting.

For men over the age of 50 with multiple risk factors, screening with upper endoscopy may be needed for Barrett's esophagus, a disorder in which the lining of the esophagus is damaged by stomach acid and may lead to cancer.

The recommendations are part of ACP's High Value Care initiative and aim to inform patients and doctors about current and effective standards of care. As with all tests and treatments, people with heartburn should talk to their doctor about upper endoscopy so that they understand the benefits and risks of the procedure.

About the American College of Physicians
The American College of Physicians (www.acponline.org) is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 133,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. Follow ACP on Twitter (www.twitter.com/acpinternists) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/acpinternists).

Embedded Video Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=2170514

Add to Digg Bookmark with del.icio.us Add to Newsvine

Contact:
Steve Majewski
215.351.2514
[email protected]

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, taking place November 12-13 in New York City, NY, is co-located with 22nd international CloudEXPO | first international DXWorldEXPO and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time t...
Headquartered in Plainsboro, NJ, Synametrics Technologies has provided IT professionals and computer systems developers since 1997. Based on the success of their initial product offerings (WinSQL and DeltaCopy), the company continues to create and hone innovative products that help its customers get more from their computer applications, databases and infrastructure. To date, over one million users around the world have chosen Synametrics solutions to help power their accelerated business or per...
DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...
IoT is rapidly becoming mainstream as more and more investments are made into the platforms and technology. As this movement continues to expand and gain momentum it creates a massive wall of noise that can be difficult to sift through. Unfortunately, this inevitably makes IoT less approachable for people to get started with and can hamper efforts to integrate this key technology into your own portfolio. There are so many connected products already in place today with many hundreds more on the h...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IoT Global Network has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. The IoT Global Network is a platform where you can connect with industry experts and network across the IoT community to build the successful IoT business of the future.
CloudEXPO New York 2018, colocated with DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.