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Engineers design new optical microprobe to detect subsurface organ abnormalities
Photonics and ultrasound engineering researchers from Duke University and The George Washington University have collaborated to design an optical scanner miniaturized enough to be inserted into the body, where its light beams could someday detect abnormalities hidden in the walls of the colon, bladder or esophagus. (2003-04-16)

Surgeons use abdomen veins to treat brain artery blockage
Surgeons at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago have documented the first use of a blood vessel from the abdomen to treat a blocked artery in the brain. The case study was published in the December issue of Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy and Percutaneous Techniques. (2002-12-17)

Swallowing a tiny imaging capsule aids in diagnosis of obscure gastrointestinal bleeding
The use of a small wireless capsule video device to detect bleeding in the small intestine is safe, well-tolerated, and more accurate than another common diagnostic approach according to a study presented at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology. (2002-10-21)

Gastric bypass surgery for obesity may ease symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease
Morbidly obese people who undergo minimally invasive gastric bypass surgery to lose weight may also experience a reduction in their symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), according to a study in the July issue of the journal Surgical Endoscopy. The study found that more than 90 percent of patients achieved significant improvement or resolution of their GERD symptoms after the bypass surgery. (2002-07-01)

New wireless imaging test identified the cause of gastrointestinal bleeding in majority of patients
Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center report that a new imaging test identified the cause of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding in the majority of patients unable to be diagnosed with conventional imaging methods. (2002-05-20)

Simple breath test may replace endoscopy
A simple breath test for detecting H pylori infection is as effective and safe as endoscopy and is less uncomfortable and distressing for the patient, conclude researchers in this week's BMJ. (2002-04-25)

From sci-fi to reality - microendoscopy to diagnose breast cancer?
The first clinical trial in Europe of a revolutionary approach to diagnosing breast cancer has just got under way at one of the UK's leading breast cancer centres. (2002-03-22)

New medical system for colon cancer screening
Funding from the Office of Naval Research has helped develop a Virtual Colonoscopy procedure that is an accurate, cost-effective, fast, non-invasive, and patient-comfortable procedure for screening of colon polyps, the precursor of cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related death in America, but the negative perception of the current screening method and the reluctance of the general public to get screened has been a problem. (2002-02-11)

H pylori eradication reduces risk of peptic ulcers for patients taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Screening and treatment for infection caused by the gastrointestinal bacterium Helicobacter pylori could substantially reduce the risk of ulcers for patients starting long-term non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) treatment, conclude authors of a study in this week's issue of THE LANCET. A meta-analysis also published in this week's issue confirms both H pylori and NSAIDs as independent risk factors for peptic-ulcer disease. (2002-01-03)

New technology tested at Stanford offers unique view inside small intestines
Stanford researchers are the first in the Bay Area to test an ingestible, pill-sized camera that detects bleeding in the small intestine. The device, developed by Israel-based Given Imaging, Ltd., provides doctors their only glimpse inside this hard-to-view organ without invasive surgery. (2001-12-06)

Yale physician conducts endoscopic surgery using high definition television
A Yale physician has conducted what is believed to be the first endoscopic surgical procedures using high definition television, which more than doubles the sharpness of the image when compared to current technology. A specially designed miniaturized HDTV camera system, along with high definition upgrades in the accompanying processing and projection systems, were used in these procedures. (2000-11-16)

Minimally invasive procedure offers long-term pain relief for patients with pancreatitis
Many more patients with chronic pancreatitis can safely turn to a minimally invasive operation for long-term pain relief, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins physicians. Endoscopic therapy is an effective alternative to more invasive surgery or drugs, says Anthony N. Kalloo, M.D., director of gastrointestinal endoscopy at Hopkins and lead author of the study that appears in the July issue of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. (2000-07-24)

Cedars-Sinai pioneer in bioartificial liver technology to speak at 'Digestive Disease Week' in San Diego
Achilles A. Demetriou, M.D., Ph.D., the key developer of a system designed to extend the lives of patients suffering from liver failure, will update his colleagues on the device's success during Digestive Disease Week 2000, being held May 21 through 24 at the San Diego Convention Center. (2000-05-22)

More people with Barrett's esophagus at high risk of developing esophageal cancer than previously thought
Significantly more people with Barrett's esophagus, a precancerous condition associated with chronic heartburn, may be at high risk of developing esophageal cancer than previously thought, according to researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. (2000-04-17)

Nation's first prevention pavilion at Fox Chase Cancer Center offers genetic counseling and prevention programs for families at risk of cancer
Families concerned about their risk of getting cancer can explore their genetic and environmental risk at the nation's first Prevention Pavilion now open on the Fox Chase Cancer Center campus. The mission of the new Research Institute for Cancer Prevention is to discover new ways of helping healthy people avoid cancer, before it strikes. (2000-03-07)

Laproscopic anti-reflux surgery in the elderly: Is it safe?
A study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that the laproscopic procedure for gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease is as safe for elderly patients as it is for younger ones. (1999-11-16)

Patients May Not Be Receiving The Highest Quality Of Care
A new study by a team of researchers at the University of California San Francisco presents evidence that doctors may withhold needed services from patients in response to financial incentives to control costs. (1999-04-06)

Study Finds Success, Not Number Of Procedures, Is Better Predictor Of Competence
Success rates, not just the number of procedures performed, are better predictors of a physician's competence in one of the most technically challenging endoscopic procedures, Duke University Medical Center researchers have concluded (1996-12-15)

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