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PillCam enables study of esophagus by swallowing a pill
Diagnosing inflammation, pre-cancerous changes or dilated veins in the esophagus is now as easy as taking a pill - a pill housing miniature video cameras. UT Southwestern Medical Center is the first in Dallas to acquire the PillCam ESO technology. It allows doctors to quickly and easily assess the presence of esophageal diseases such erosive esophagitis, Barrett's esophagus and esophageal varices. (2005-03-17)

Patient knows best when it comes to ulcerative colitis, U-M study finds
In a new study, researchers at the University of Michigan Health System found that patient-reported symptoms can be used as an effective and less expensive alternative to frequent lower endoscopies to monitor the progression of ulcerative colitis. The results from the study are published in the February 2005 issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology. (2005-02-25)

Guidelines restricting endoscopy referrals put patients at risk
New guidelines restricting GPs from referring patients for endoscopy - a hospital procedure to check for cancer of the gullet or stomach - put patients at risk, says a letter in this week's BMJ. (2005-02-03)

Suffering from fatigue, abdominal discomfort or bloody diarrhea?
People living with fatigue, abdominal discomfort and bloody diarrhea caused by the chronic inflammation of ulcerative colitis may no longer need to undergo frequent and uncomfortable endoscopies, a new study shows. (2005-02-02)

ASGE announces grant recipients in annual research awards program
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the ASGE Foundation announced this year's institutional winners of medical research grants, as part of the ASGE's annual Research & Outcomes & Effectiveness Awards Program. (2005-02-01)

'Future Vision 2005' to feature innovation in endoscopy
Innovation, research and emerging endoscopic techniques are some of the topics that will be discussed at (2005-01-28)

Colonoscopy still most effective colorectal cancer screening method
According to a study published in the Jan. 18 issue of the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, fecal occult blood test (FOBT) performed in-office as part of a digital rectal examination failed to detect potentially cancerous colon growths 95 percent of the time. Furthermore, an at-home FOBT was found to detect cancerous polyps less than 24 percent of the time. The entire study population received follow-up colonoscopies, regardless of whether they received digital FOBT or the at-home stool test. (2005-01-19)

Study shows long-term use of NSAIDs causes severe intestinal damage
According to a study published today in the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, chronic users of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have an increased risk of bleeding and visible damage to their small intestine. (2005-01-03)

Determining which pancreatic cancers are treatable
A high-quality computed tomography (CT) scan is just as successful in predicting whether pancreatic cancer is treatable surgically as a more invasive diagnostic tool, according to an Indiana University School of Medicine study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. (2004-11-15)

Surgical procedure to treat GERD in children found to be ineffective
According to a study published in the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, more than 60 percent of the children who received surgical fundoplication to control gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) had recurring symptoms of the disease months following surgery. The procedure is the third most common major surgical procedure performed in children. Overall, fundoplication as a treatment for GERD in children needs further evaluation. (2004-11-03)

Esophageal capsule technology proves as effective as endoscopy
This study investigates the effectiveness of capsule endoscopy at detecting tumors in the small bowel. (2004-11-01)

New scientific advances in gastroenterology
Many of the world's preeminent gastroenterologists will gather from October 29th through November 3rd for the American College of Gastroenterology's (ACG) 69th Annual Scientific Meeting at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. (2004-11-01)

Research news from the AGA
Two studies published today show that widespread use of virtual colonoscopy will ultimately decrease demand for traditional colonoscopy and increase colorectal cancer screening rates, and (2004-11-01)

Capsule endoscopy aids in detection of small bowel tumors inaccessible to other diagnostic tests
This study investigates the effectiveness of capsule endoscopy at detecting tumors in the small bowel. (2004-11-01)

Virtual colonoscopy shows significant promise as colorectal cancer screening option
A future trends report published in the September issue of the American Gastroenterological Association's journal Gastroenterology, concludes that CT colonography (often referred to as (2004-09-01)

Statement from the American Gastroenterological Association on colonoscopy surveillance study
Colonic surveillance, as opposed to screening, is the periodic examination of the colon after polyps and/or cancer has been identified. It's essential to note that the recent study by Mysliwiec1 in the Annals of Internal Medicine does not suggest that there are too many initial screening colonoscopies being performed at present. Rather, the study suggests that too many surveillance colonoscopies are performed. The American Gastroenterological Association disputes the validity of this conclusion. (2004-08-20)

Performing large-volume paracentesis as an outpatient procedure
In a new study, gastrointestinal endoscopy assistants performed large-volume paracenteses on outpatients in order to determine how many procedures were required to develop competence and the amount of time needed to perform each procedure. (2004-08-18)

No abdominal incisions - or scars - with new surgery tools and technique
Surgeries performed with specialized medical devices requiring only small incisions, called laparoscopic surgery, have many advantages over traditional open surgery, including less pain, fewer complications and quicker recoveries. Now, scientists at Johns Hopkins have created a new surgical technique that in extensive animal studies is safe and may improve even further the benefit of minimally invasive surgery by leaving the abdominal wall intact. (2004-07-07)

Concern about pain reliever side effects, many patients take more than recommended
Despite increasing evidence of the serious side effects associated with indiscriminate use of over-the-counter analgesics called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), U.S. adults continue to use the medications incorrectly, putting themselves at risk for life-threatening side effects. (2004-05-21)

Study shows M2A capsule endoscopy improves clinical outcomes in IBD patients
Data from a study led by a researcher at Mount Sinai School of Medicine indicates that M2A capsule endoscopy --examination of the intestinal tract with the so-called (2004-05-18)

Research hones in on therapies and diagnosis of bowel diseases
Inflammatory bowel diseases collectively cause significant lifestyle sacrifices and suffering and millions of dollars in related health care costs every year, partially due to a lack of effective diagnostic procedures and therapies. In new studies presented today at Digestive Disease Week in New Orleans, researchers show evidence of accurate and effective new methods for diagnosis, as well as improved treatment options, for sufferers of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's diseases. (2004-05-18)

New era of colon screening emerging
There is good news for the aging population of Americans whose doctors are recommending periodic colonoscopies - it is getting easier. New research presented today at Digestive Disease Week in New Orleans shows that improved technologies are heading for the market, which means more accurate testing, easier processes and possibly, less frequent screenings for patients. (2004-05-18)

UCSD researchers determine fatty liver disease different in obese children than in adults
Potentially life-threatening non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in obese children has distinct characteristics, often different from those found in adults, according to a UCSD study. (2004-05-18)

Breakthrough therapies treat Crohn's disease
Crohn's disease, which currently affects up to one million people in the U.S., causes inflammation in the lining of the small intestine that can lead to pain and discomfort. Though the condition usually occurs in the lower part of the small intestine, it can affect any part of the digestive tract. New studies being presented today at Digestive Disease Week in New Orleans show the commitment of gastroenterology researchers to this population in need of new treatment options. (2004-05-18)

Studies identify risk factors for colon cancer
Every day new research shows major correlations between prevalent diseases in America and leading research is often specific to more targeted populations, such as women. In new studies presented today at Digestive Disease Week in New Orleans, scientists report that women's preferences for a female physician may delay or prevent proper colorectal screenings due to a lack of females in the field and diabetes may be a significant risk factor for development of colon cancer. (2004-05-18)

GI health affected by consumption of coffee and carbonated drinks
According to new research presented today at Digestive Disease Week (DDW), drinking caffeinated beverages may benefit some people who are at high-risk for liver disease. Conversely, another study found that soda drinkers, who represent a huge percentage of the American population, may actually have an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer. DDW is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. (2004-05-17)

Cutting-edge science offers improved care for liver diseases
The liver is the largest organ in the human body, and proper functioning is critical for health and well being. Promising research in the identification, treatment and prevention of liver disease is being presented today at Digestive Disease Week in New Orleans. Digestive Disease Week (DDW) is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. (2004-05-17)

Studies indicate healthy eating may affect cancer development, improve digestive system
Making simple dietetic changes, such as incorporating green tea and fruits, may have a large impact on gastrointestinal health, according to new research presented today at Digestive Disease Week in New Orleans. Digestive Disease Week (DDW) is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. (2004-05-17)

Advances emerging in hepatitis management
Hepatitis, a potentially serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver, is a major problem worldwide. Hepatitis A is generally food-borne, while hepatitis B and C spread primarily through parenteral or sexual routes. Hepatitis B and C can be life-long, potentially deadly chronic infections. In studies presented today at Digestive Disease Week in New Orleans, researchers analyzed the causes of hepatitis and potential therapies that may improve care. (2004-05-17)

Research targets biologic profile of obesity
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in America due to a number of factors including increased technology and the rise in consumption of prepared and preserved foods. Finding a solution has been a major challenge for researchers, but according to two studies presented today at Digestive Disease Week in New Orleans, significant progress has been made in finding the underlying characteristics of obesity. (2004-05-16)

Data show investigational antibiotic safe, effective in preventing travelers diarrhea
New data suggest the investigational drug rifaximin, a non-absorbed (less than 5%) antibiotic with few side effects and low potential for resistance, is effective in preventing travelers' diarrhea, an illness that affects up to 60 percent of international travelers. Until now, antimicrobial prophylaxis, while effective, has been discouraged because of side effects and the encouragement of resistance. The study results will be presented Sunday, May 16 at the 2004 Digestive Disease Week (DDW) annual meeting. (2004-05-16)

DDW 2004: Turning Science Into Medicine
Digestive Disease Week 2004 (DDW) is hosting special teleconferences to correspond with the news briefings scheduled during its meeting May 15-20 in New Orleans, LA. Following the briefings, the phone lines will be opened for (2004-05-12)

'Camera pill' promising for diagnosis of small bowel disease
An ingestible video camera that produces digital images of the small intestine can (2004-01-06)

Gastrointestinal specialists comment on new study on 'Virtual' colonoscopy
The American College of Gastroenterology congratulates the investigators of a new study on virtual colonoscopy that will appear in the New England Journal of Medicine next week, including Douglas K. Rex, M.D., FACG, President of the American College of Gastroenterology and Director of Endoscopy at Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. New colorectal cancer screening strategies, including virtual colonoscopy and fecal DNA testing, offer the potential to enhance the acceptability of colorectal cancer screening to some persons. (2003-12-01)

Experts to discuss emerging technologies in GI diagnosis and treatment
Important new therapeutic and diagnostic advances in gastroenterology herald a new area, but are these new technologies ready for prime time? Leading experts look at the impact of new technological breakthroughs in the GI field and what they mean for patient care. (2003-10-08)

Camera pill reveals damage from anti-inflammatory drugs
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may damage more of the intestine than previously thought, according to images taken by a swallowable, capsule-size camera pill used in a Baylor College of Medicine study. (2003-05-20)

Study shows ulcerative colitis patients achieve remission with probiotic composition VSL#3
Researchers reported study results today that demonstrated treatment with the highly concentrated probiotic preparation, VSL#3(TM), achieved a combined induced remission and/or response rate of 86 percent in patients with active mild to moderate ulcerative colitis who were not responding to conventional therapy. (2003-05-19)

Hopkins researchers find potential new treatment for children with chronic hepatitis C
Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and five other institutions have found that a drug recently approved for adults with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) also may be a safe and effective treatment for children with the disease. The study is believed to be the first to examine how the drug, peginterferon alfa-2a, affects the young. (2003-05-19)

Barium studies should be first step in diagnosing complications from reflux disease surgery
Barium studies should be the first line of defense in diagnosing problems that can occur following surgery for reflux disease, a new study shows. (2003-05-07)

Capsule with microscopic camera provides better look
A new capsule that contains a microscopic camera and transmitter can create better pictures of the small bowel than standard x-ray procedures can, a new study shows. The capsule is easily swallowed by the patient, and there is no need for the patient to drink barium before the procedure. (2003-05-06)

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