Costs of Alcohol-Associated Liver Disease Will Double by 2040

Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News | Gina Shaw Rising rates of alcohol-associated liver disease will lead to major increases in costs to the healthcare system and society over the next two decades, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology (2024;119[2]:270-277). The annual cost of ALD is projected to more than double between 2022 and 2040, … Read more

Excited about new diet drug? This procedure seems better choice.

The Harvard Gazette | Alvin Powell, Staff Writer | May 6, 2024 Study finds minimally invasive treatment more cost-effective over time, brings greater weight loss Interest in the latest generation of weight-loss drugs shows no sign of flagging, but a new study shows that a minimally invasive endoscopic bariatric procedure is actually more cost-effective and … Read more

Congress can eradicate hepatitis C and reduce the deficit at the same time

STAT – By Neeraj Sood and Jagpreet Chhatwal July 14, 2023 Congress faces a historic opportunity to stamp out a disease that kills thousands of Americans each year and save billions of dollars to boot. In March, the Biden administration proposed an initiative to eliminate hepatitis C in the United States — a plan that should make sense to both … Read more

As Mass. sets a new record for opioid overdose deaths, Chhatwal shared his insights with WBUR.

WBUR Martha Bebinger Massachusetts sets a new record for opioid overdose deaths in 2022. Jagpreet Chhatwal, Director of MGH Institute of Technology Assessment, talked with WBUR (Boston’s NPR station) regarding his recent study published in JAMA Network Open that evaluates policies for reducing overdose deaths. Massachusetts has set another record, one no one will celebrate. … Read more

Deaths from alcohol-related liver disease soared during COVID

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The Harvard Gazette – by MGH Communications.   American Indian and Alaska Native populations particularly affected, finds study. During the pandemic, deaths from alcohol-associated liver disease for American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) populations was six times higher than that of white people, according to a study by Massachusetts General Hospital. The study was published in … Read more