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Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty: A promising new weight loss procedure
In the fight against obesity, bariatric surgery is currently the most effective treatment; however, only 1 to 2 percent of qualified patients receive this surgery due to limited access, patient choice, associated risks and the high costs. View News Article (2016-01-21)

Recurrent acute and chronic pancreatitis in children has high disease burden, health care costs
The burden of recurrent acute and chronic pancreatitis in children may be higher than previously thought, with high costs related to repeated hospitalizations, report a pair of studies in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. View News Article (2016-01-05)

Gene thought to suppress cancer may actually promote spread of colorectal cancer
A gene that is known to suppress the growth and spread of many types of cancer has the opposite effect in some forms of colorectal cancer, University of Missouri School of Medicine researchers have found. It is a finding that may lay the foundation for new colorectal cancer treatments. View News Article (2016-01-05)

Virtual colonoscopy an alternative to FOB test & colonoscopy for colorectal cancer?
Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer in the world, with population screening being recommended for early disease detection, however, the most optimal method to screen for the disease remains unknown. View News Article (2016-01-04)

Gene variant may increase risk of liver disease in obese youth
Researchers have found that a genetic variant is linked with an increased risk of fatty liver disease in obese youth; however, children with the variant tend to have lower total and LDL cholesterol levels. View News Article (2015-11-17)

One-step test for hepatitis C virus infection developed by UC Irvine Health researchers
UC Irvine Health researchers have developed a cost-effective one-step test that screens, detects and confirms hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. View News Article (2015-11-16)

Feeding at-risk infants gluten increases risk of developing celiac disease
Intake of gluten up until two years of age increases risk of celiac disease at least two-fold in children with genetic risk factors for this disease, according a study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. View News Article (2015-11-13)

Studying cancer DNA in blood may help personalize treatment in liver cancer
Fragments of cancer DNA circulating in a patient's bloodstream could help doctors deliver more personalized treatment for liver cancer, Japanese researchers report.  View News Article (2015-11-03)

Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy linked with liver cancer
In a new study of more than 125,000 pregnant women in Sweden, researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy found that the risk of hepatobiliary cancer and immune-mediated and cardiovascular diseases later in life is higher in women with intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) than in women without this condition.  View News Article (2015-08-12)

Spouses & relatives of celiac disease patients at risk for autoimmune diseases
Both spouses and first-degree relatives of patients with celiac disease are at increased risk of nonceliac autoimmune disease, according to a study in the July issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. This risk represents a mixture of genetic, environmental and ascertainment bias mechanisms. View News Article (2015-07-01)

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