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BACKGROUND/AIMS Quality of life (QOL), a subjective index of health perception and function, embraces physical, social, and emotional performance but has not had a prominent role in clinical trials of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). To test the robustness of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire (IBDQ), a disease-specific QOL index, this study(More)
BACKGROUND Delayed-release oral mesalamine 2.4 g/day to 4.8 g/day has been shown to be effective in treating mildly to moderately active ulcerative colitis (UC), but it is unknown whether an initial dose of 4.8 g/day is more effective than 2.4 g/day in patients with mildly to moderately active UC and in the subgroup with moderate disease. PATIENTS AND(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS We evaluated CDP571, a humanized antibody to tumor necrosis factor, for the treatment of active Crohn's disease. METHODS One hundred sixty-nine patients with moderate-to-severe Crohn's disease were enrolled in a 24-week placebo-controlled trial. Patients were initially randomized to a single dose of 10 or 20 mg/kg CDP571 or placebo to(More)
We conducted a double-blind, randomized, parallel group study in 169 patients with acute duodenal ulcers to compare omeprazole, 20 mg daily, with cimetidine, 600 mg twice daily. After 2 wk, 58% of the omeprazole-treated patients and 46% of the cimetidine-treated patients were completely healed (p = 0.056). After 4 and 6 wk 84% and 88% healed with(More)
Cisapride is a substituted benzamide with gastrointestinal prokinetic effects presumed to be due to the enhancement of the physiological release of acetylcholine at the myenteric plexus. In a multicentre study, 189 patients with nonulcer dyspepsia (NUD) received single-blind placebo treatment for two weeks. A total of 123 patients with no or minimal(More)
Three hundred seventy patients with recently healed duodenal ulcer entered into a one-year, double-blind, randomized multicenter trial comparing placebo with three different dose schedules of cimetidine (200 mg twice a day, 300 mg twice a day, and 400 mg at bedtime) for the prevention of recurrent duodenal ulcer. By the end of one year, the cumulative(More)
BACKGROUND Long-term corticosteroid therapy for Crohn's disease is associated with important types of morbidity, such as osteoporosis. Safe and effective alternative treatments are required. Although a short-term benefit of cyclosporine in active Crohn's disease has been suggested, the long-term safety and efficacy of this treatment have not been(More)
BACKGROUND Although the eradication of Helicobacter pylori is of primary importance when initiating treatment, it is also important to have a strategy for patients who are H pylori-negative, fail to demonstrate eradication or have a tendency to become re-infected or relapse. PATIENTS AND METHODS In a double-blind, parallel-group clinical trial of 928(More)
BACKGROUND Whilst the role of Helicobacter pylori eradication in managing duodenal ulcers has been established, consensus regarding the ideal regimen has not been achieved. METHODS Patients with H. pylori-positive active duodenal ulcer were randomly assigned to receive triple therapy with amoxycillin 1000 mg b.d. + clarithromycin 500 mg b.d. + omeprazole(More)