Audio Summaries

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A New “Pill Prep” for Colonoscopy: An Effective Alternative for Individuals Who Won’t Drink GoLytely®

Philip N. Okafor, MD, MPH discusses the recent AJG article “A Safety and Efficacy Comparison of a New Sulfate-Based Tablet Bowel Preparation Versus a PEG and Ascorbate Comparator in Adult Subjects Undergoing Colonoscopy.” This RCT compares SUTAB®, a sodium sulfate tablet bowel preparation, to MoviPrep®. Since it is a hyperosmolar prep, be cautious when using it in patients with congestive heart failure, renal insufficiency, or electrolyte abnormalities.

Inching Closer to a NASH Cure: Daily Semaglutide Achieves Resolution of NASH but Not Fibrosis after 72 Weeks

Sonali Paul, MD, MS discusses “A Placebo-Controlled Trial of Subcutaneous Semaglutide,” published in NEJM in May 2021. Semaglutide, a GLP-1 receptor agonist for type II diabetes mellitus and weight loss, shows potential as a treatment for NASH in a well-designed, placebo-controlled RCT. May need longer trials to see if it can resolve fibrosis, which is a key treatment goal. Will anxiously await results from ongoing study of weekly high-dose semaglutide in NASH patients.

Computer-aided Detection Systems increase detection of non-advanced adenomas, but is it ready for prime-time?

Shria Kumar, MD, MSCE discusses a 2020 article in Gastroenterology, “Efficacy of Real-Time Computer-Aided Detection of Colorectal Neoplasia in a Randomized Trial.” GI-Genius™, a new computer-aided adenoma detection tool, is FDA-approved, integrates into existing endoscopic systems, and overlays a detection box around a potential polyp. In a well-designed RCT, adenoma detection was significantly higher with GI-Genius™. Endoscopists will need to consider a variety of factors to determine whether to integrate this tool into their endoscopy practice.

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Piecemeal Cold Snare Polypectomy of Large SSP: Cold Is the New Hot

Swati Patel, MD, MS and Editor-in-Chief Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MScEpi, FACG discuss Piecemeal cold snare polypectomy versus conventional endoscopic mucosal resection for large sessile serrated lesions: a retrospective comparison across two successive periods bt Van Hattem WA, published in Gut [2021;70:1691-97]. https://doi.org/10.1136/gutjnl-2020-321753

Once-Weekly Semaglutide in Adults with Overweight or Obesity

Sonali Paul, MD, MS and Editor-in-Chief Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MScEpi, FACG discuss Semaglutide Treatment Effect in People with Obesity (STEP) Investigators. Once-Weekly Semaglutide in Adults with Overweight or Obesity by Wilding et al, published in the New England Journal of Medicine [2021; 384: 989-1002. https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMoa2032183

Screening Colonoscopy Decreases Colorectal Cancer Incidence and Related Mortality in Healthy Patients Over 75

Jeffrey Lee, MD, MPH and Editor-in-Chief Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MScEpi, FACG discuss Association of Screening Lower Endoscopy with Colorectal Cancer Incidence and Mortality in Adults Older than 75 Years by Ma et al, published in .JAMA Oncology [2021;7(7):985-992]. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamaoncol.2021.1364

Acute Myeloid Leukemia and Myelodysplastic Syndrome with IBD and Thiopurines Impact on Risk

Ravy K. Vajravelu, MD, MSCE and Editor-in-Chief Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MScEpi, FACG discuss Incidence of Acute Myeloid Leukemia and Myelodysplastic Syndrome in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and the Impact of Thiopurines on Their Risk by Kahn et al., published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology [2021; 116: 741-47]. www.doi.org/10.14309/ajg.0000000000001058