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Role of interventional inflammatory bowel disease in the era of biologic therapy
According to a new statement from a panel of national and international experts in gastroenterology, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other areas, interventional (or therapeutic) IBD endoscopy has an expanding role in the treatment of disease and of adverse events from surgery. (2019-02-14)

Results of early endoscopic exam critical for assessment of Barrett's patients
A new study indicates that both high-grade abnormal cellular changes (dysplasia) and esophageal adenocarcinoma (a form of cancer) have increased in the last 25 years among people with a digestive condition known as Barrett's esophagus. The study report, Increasing prevalence of high-grade dysplasia and adenocarcinoma on index endoscopy in Barrett's esophagus over the past 2 decades, is published in the February issue of GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). (2019-02-14)

Test for esophageal cancer could save millions of lives
Cancer of the esophagus claims more than 400,000 lives around the world each year. With no efficient, reliable method of screening for the disease, by the time symptoms become apparent, it's often too late to save the patient. (2019-01-22)

Researchers image atomic structure of important immune regulator
A new study by investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital provides a biophysical and structural assessment of a critical immune regulating protein called human T-cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain containing protein-3 (hTIM-3). Understanding the atomic structure of hTIM-3 provides new insights for targeting this protein for numerous cancer and autoimmune therapeutics currently under clinical development. (2018-12-10)

'Cellular dust' provides new hope for regenerative medicine
While stem cells have the most therapeutic potential, the benefits of regenerative medicine may best be mobilised using extracellular vesicles (EVs), also known in the past as 'cellular dust'. A team of researchers have tested these vesicles for the first time in a porcine model for the treatment of post-operative digestive fistulas. Their results, which yielded a 100 percent success rate and appear in the October 23, 2018 edition of ACS Nano, open the door to testing in humans and broader possibilities for applications. (2018-10-24)

An inside look at probiotics
In two back-to-back reports published in Cell, researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science show -- in both mice and in humans -- that a probiotic preparation of 11 strains of the most widely used probiotic families may sometimes be less-than-beneficial for user and their microbiome. (2018-09-06)

Money or altruism: What motivates people to donate their poop to medicine?
Appealing to a concern for others is the best way to recruit most people to donate their stool for medicine, while cash rewards may be an additional motivator for some potential donors, according to research scheduled for presentation at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2018. (2018-06-05)

Listening to gut noises could improve diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome
Utilizing newly adapted artificial intelligence, researchers have developed an acoustic belt that offers a new way to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by listening to the noises in a patient's gut, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2018. (2018-06-05)

Opioid-related adverse drug events common after surgery, associated with worse outcomes
Opioid-related adverse drug events were common among patients undergoing surgery  and endoscopy procedures in the hospital and they were associated with worse patient outcomes. (2018-05-23)

Experimental drug eases effects of gluten for celiac patients on gluten-free diet
An investigational new drug offers hope of relief for celiac disease patients who are inadvertently exposed to gluten while on a gluten-free diet. Findings of the first phase 2 study of a biologic immune modulator in celiac disease will be presented at the upcoming Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2018. Inadvertent exposure to gluten can be a frequent occurrence for celiac patients that triggers symptoms, such as pain in the gut and diarrhea, due to intestinal damage. (2018-05-22)

DNA-based vaccine treatment for colorectal cancer to undergo first human study
Combining a DNA vaccine, which boosts the body's immune response against tumors, with an antibody that blocks the body's natural defense against the potency of the DNA vaccine, may lead to the development of an effective treatment for late stage colorectal cancer, when a cure is not often possible. Preliminary research leading up to this trial will be presented at Digestive Disease Week® 2018. (2018-05-22)

More patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis receiving liver transplants
Increasingly, liver transplant centers are changing a long-standing practice of delaying potentially life-saving liver transplantation for patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis until after they stopped drinking alcohol for six months, according to a new study scheduled for presentation at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2018. (2018-05-22)

Blue dye tablet helps identify polyps during colonoscopy
Ingestion of a blue dye tablet during bowel prep for colonoscopy could be a significant advance in the early detection of colorectal cancer (CRC). When used in conjunction with colonoscopy, the blue dye increased adenoma detection rate (ADR) by nearly 9 percent, according to a study scheduled for presentation at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2018. (2018-05-22)

New recommendations for endoscopic eradication therapy in Barrett's esophagus
A new guideline by the ASGE Standards of Practice Committee offers evidence-based recommendations and clinical guidelines addressing key issues related to Endoscopic Eradication Therapy (EET) in the management of Barrett's esophagus (BE)-related lesions. (2018-04-06)

Researchers develop swallowable test to detect pre-cancerous Barrett's esophagus
Investigators at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center have developed a simple, swallowable test for early detection of Barrett's esophagus that offers promise for preventing deaths from esophageal adenocarcinoma. (2018-01-17)

Mucosal healing: An objective measure of disease activity?
The absence of inflammatory and ulcerative lesions in all segments of the colon, also known as mucosal healing, should be the end goal in treating patients with ulcerative colitis according to an editorial in the journal Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. (2017-11-21)

Report from groundbreaking 'EndoVators Summit' offers guidance for obesity treatment
A recently published white paper from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the Association for Bariatric Endoscopy breaks new ground in defining the role and value of the latest approaches for obesity management. The paper reports on the scope and impact of the obesity problem as well as the multiple factors and players involved in treating this chronic condition. (2017-11-09)

Low value surgical procedures should be avoided to reduce costs and improve patient care
Reducing the use of 'low value' interventions that deliver little benefit is vital to cut healthcare costs. (2017-11-08)

Bacteria eradication reduces gastric cancer risk by 22 percent in over-60s, new research shows
The research analyzed the risk of gastric cancer development in a large group of individuals who had received antibiotic therapy to treat H. pylori infection. Of those who had been treated over the age of 60, 0.8 percent developed gastric cancer, in comparison to 1.1 percent of patients in an age-matched general population sample. (2017-10-30)

Colorectal cancer screening should start at 45, new research shows
Scientists in France analyzed over 6,000 colonoscopies and found a 400 percent increase in the detection of neoplasia in patients aged between 45-49 in comparison to aged 40-44. The vast majority of colorectal cancer screening programs throughout Europe commence between the ages of 50 and 55, with some not beginning until the age of 60. (2017-10-29)

Artificial intelligence: Is this the future of early cancer detection?
Overall, 306 polyps were assessed real-time by using the AI-assisted system, providing a sensitivity of 94 percent, specificity of 79 percent, accuracy of 86 percent, and positive and negative predictive values of 79 percent and 93 percent respectively, in identifying neoplastic changes. (2017-10-29)

New studies add to understanding of treatments for Barrett's esophagus
The October issue of GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy features several new studies evaluating various treatments for Barrett's esophagus (BE). BE is a condition in which there are unusual changes to the cells lining the esophagus. It is believed to be most commonly due to inflammation from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Sometimes these changes may be considered precancerous. Endoscopic treatments for BE focus on removing or destroying the problematic tissue. (2017-10-06)

Non-invasive imaging predicts cancer malignancy
A new study by Osaka University scientists shows that non-labeling multiphoton microscopy (NL-MPM) can be used for quantitative imaging of cancer that is safe and requires no resection, fixation or staining of tissues. (2017-10-02)

August GIE studies show promising results for patients with endoscopic treatments
The August issue of GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), features a study reporting that a simpler procedure for collecting biopsy specimens during various procedures can improve patient care, and a study showing how a relatively new procedure, POEM, has been adapted to help an additional set of patients with gastroparesis, a troubling stomach problem. (2017-08-03)

Task Force presents new ranking of colorectal cancer screening tests
In its latest recommendations, the US Multi-Society Task Force (MSTF) on Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening confirms that people at average risk should be screened beginning at age 50, and recommends colonoscopy and fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) as the (2017-06-20)

Use of new swallowable gastric balloon results in substantial weight loss
New research presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Porto, Portugal, shows that a swallowable gastic balloon -- that can be inserted without endoscopy or anesthesia -- is a safe and effective way to induce substantial weight loss. The study is by Dr. Roberta Ienca, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, and colleagues. (2017-05-17)

Beware of parasites in raw/undercooked fish, warn doctors
An unseen hazard of eating raw or undercooked fish/seafood is on the rise in Western countries, where dishes, such as sushi, are becoming increasingly popular, warn doctors today in BMJ Case Reports. (2017-05-11)

New ambulatory monitoring device offers window into stomach's bioelectrical activity
A first-of-its-kind portable wireless device developed by an NYIT-led research team can monitor stomach motility to enable physicians to measure and ultimately better understand gastric slow wave activity. (2017-05-09)

A unique enzyme could be a game-changer for gluten-sensitive patients
Researchers have found that taking an enzyme tablet while consuming foods containing gluten prevents a significant amount of it from entering the small intestine. This could enable gluten-sensitive patients to ingest small quantities of gluten without experiencing symptoms, such as bloating, diarrhea and abdominal pain. The encouraging results from the enzyme known as aspergillus niger-derived prolyl endoprotease (AN-PEP) were presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017. (2017-05-07)

Survey finds colorectal cancer reported more commonly in individuals with unhealthy lifestyle
A Cleveland Clinic colon cancer risk assessment survey found that respondents who exercised more, followed a healthy diet and did not smoke were less likely to have a personal history of colorectal cancer or colon polyps. The online risk analysis, which has had more than 27,000 responses from around the world, highlights the modifiable risk factors, such as diet and lifestyle behaviors, reported by patients without a personal history of colorectal cancer and polyps. (2017-05-07)

Non-surgical weight-loss treatment found safe, effective for those with limited options
A new study finds that individuals struggling with obesity who are not candidates for weight-loss surgery can benefit substantially from non-surgical endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017. (2017-05-06)

Study: Genetic markers may predict which HCV, cirrhosis patients improve with treatment
Genotyping of patients with advanced cirrhosis from hepatitis C virus could help health-care professionals predict the likelihood of improvement after successful hepatitis C treatment, thus minimizing the need for liver transplants. This study was presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017, the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. (2017-05-06)

DDW® 2017 offers reporters access to leading research in digestive health
Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) returns to Chicago, Ill., from May 6-9, 2017, bringing together physicians, researchers and academics from across the world. With DDW recognized as a top 50 medical meeting, this is your opportunity to learn cutting-edge medical advances and report on the latest research in gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. (2017-03-14)

Easier diagnosis of esophageal cancer
The Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging at Helmholtz Zentrum München is heading the 'Hybrid optical and optoacoustic endoscope for esophageal tracking' (ESOTRAC) research project, in which engineers and physicians together develop a novel hybrid endoscopic instrument for early diagnosis and staging of esophageal cancer. ESOTRAC has been awarded four million Euros from Horizon 2020, the EU framework program for research and innovation. (2017-03-06)

American Gastroenterological Association releases Obesity Practice Guide
Patients with obesity need a multidisciplinary approach to achieve a healthy weight, and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) believes that gastroenterologists are in a unique position to lead the care team. To provide gastroenterologists with a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary process to guide and personalize innovative obesity care for safe and effective weight management, including a model for how to operationalize business issues, AGA has created an Obesity Practice Guide. (2017-02-28)

Boston researcher receives global surgery award
Maunil Bhatt, M.D., a post graduate resident in the Department of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center (BMC), was recently honored with a Global Surgery Research Fellowship Award by the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) at their 12th Annual Academic Conference. (2017-02-23)

3-D printed 'eagle eye' camera mimics sharp vision of predators
A new study presents a miniaturized camera inspired by the natural vision of predators such as eagles that captures images with a high central acuity. (2017-02-15)

A better way to swallow
To develop an improved screening method for dysphagia using high-resolution vibration and sound recordings, the National Science Foundation awarded a five-year, $549,139 CAREER Award to Ervin Sejdic at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering. (2017-02-14)

Peroxide ingestion, promoted by alternative medicine, can be deadly
High-concentration peroxide, sometimes promoted in alternative medicine circles for cleanses or as a so-called 'natural cure,' can lead to numerous life-threatening ailments and death itself, according to a paper published online yesterday in Annals of Emergency Medicine ('Outcomes Following High Concentration Peroxide Ingestions'). (2017-02-02)

Breath test could help detect stomach and esophageal cancers
A test that measures the levels of five chemicals in the breath has shown promising results for the detection of cancers of the esophagus and stomach, according to research presented at the European Cancer Congress 2017. (2017-01-29)

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