Volume 4 Issue 2, February 2007



  • Viewpoint |

    The treatment of chronic hepatitis C is rapidly evolving. Current treatment modalities are being refined, and entirely new, specifically targeted, antiviral therapies (known as STAT-C) that inhibit the various steps of viral replication are being developed. This Viewpoint discusses the status of agents in development and their implications for the future treatment of hepatitis C.

    • Samuel Sigal
    •  & Ira Jacobson

Research Highlights

Practice Points


  • Review Article |

    The efficacy of biologic therapies is proven and their use is growing worldwide; however, there is concern about their long-term safety, including the risk of developing cancer. In this Review, data available on the association of anti-tumor necrosis factor therapies and the anti-α4 integrin monoclonal antibody natalizumab with cancer in patients with IBD are discussed.

    • Livia Biancone
    • , Emma Calabrese
    • , Carmelina Petruzziello
    •  & Francesco Pallone
  • Review Article |

    Severe ulcerative colitis is considered a medical emergency, the management of which requires close collaboration between gastroenterologists and surgeons. The authors of this Review discuss the identification of prognostic factors and intensive medical treatment for both uncomplicated and complicated ulcerative colitis, as well as the timing of surgery.

    • Renzo Caprilli
    • , Angelo Viscido
    •  & Giovanni Latella
  • Review Article |

    It has been suggested that genetic factors are likely to have a major role in the manifestation of functional gastrointestinal disorders. In this Review, the authors consider the evidence available for such a role. They discuss the results of family and twin studies and studies of individual genes thought to be involved in the manifestation of functional gastrointestinal disorders.

    • Birgit Adam
    • , Tobias Liebregts
    •  & Gerald Holtmann

Case Study