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Antiulcer drugs do not increase risk of Alzheimer's disease
The use of proton pump inhibitors does not increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease, shows a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland. (2017-08-07)
Weight in adolescence may affect colorectal cancer risk
A new study has uncovered a link between being overweight or obese in adolescence and an increased risk of developing colon cancer in adulthood. (2017-07-24)
Setting the record straight: PPIs do not cause Dementia
Several studies have reported associations between proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) use and dementia. (2017-07-20)
Alcohol consumption putting vast majority of Europeans at risk of digestive cancers
Alcohol & Digestive Cancers, a report launched today by United European Gastroenterology, revealed that the average daily intake of alcoholic drinks was 'moderate' (between 1 and 4 drinks per day) in all 28 EU states, placing these citizens at a heightened risk of both colorectal and esophageal cancer. (2017-07-03)
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)
New study: Unsaturated fat associated with fatty liver disease
As the obesity epidemic continues, new data shed light on which nutrients and what quantity of those nutrients promote health or disease. (2017-06-14)
UA researchers find physicians' adherence to H. pylori guidelines low
It was long thought that gastric ulcers and other digestive woes were brought about by stress. (2017-06-14)
Prebiotics reduce body fat in overweight children
There may soon be a new tool in the fight against childhood obesity. (2017-06-07)
Pediatric IBD patients not meeting recommended calcium and vitamin D intake
The study found that only 26.6 percent and 21.3 percent of sufferers were achieving the current recommended intake of calcium and vitamin D respectively. (2017-05-29)
Gut microbiome may predict response to biologic therapy for inflammatory bowel disease
Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have identified differences in the composition and the function of the gut microbiome between patients for whom treatment with a monclonal antibody-based drug was effective in inducing remission of inflammatory bowel disease symptoms and those for whom it was not. (2017-05-15)
Study identifies a new test to predict severity of inflammatory bowel disease in children
The results from a Norwegian study show that a new genetic test for characterising intestinal microbiota may help to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in children and predict which children will develop the most extensive disease and need early, aggressive intervention. (2017-05-12)
New data show Human Milk Oligosaccharide (HMO) improves the balance of bacteria in formula-fed babies' digestive systems*, providing important immune system and health benefits
New Abbott data presented this week, at the 50th Annual Congress of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) in Prague, further supports the important role Human Milk Oligosaccharides (or HMOs) play in supporting the immune system of formula-fed babies. (2017-05-12)
Experts warn parents of the risks of getting vegan diets wrong in young children
Experts at the 50th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) are today warning that young children who follow a vegan diet without medical and dietary advice carry the risk of a number of nutrient deficiencies, including vitamin B12, calcium, zinc and high quality protein, which can have potentially devastating health effects. (2017-05-11)
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. (2017-05-07)
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. (2017-05-06)
Compilation of research showcases latest advances in obesity treatment
More than 60 percent of American adults weigh more than is healthy. (2017-05-03)
AGA releases best practice advice on long-term PPI use
When proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are appropriately prescribed, their benefits are likely to outweigh their risks, according to an American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Clinical Practice Update published in Gastroenterology, the official journal of AGA. (2017-04-07)
Fatty liver diagnosis improved with magnetic resonance
Taking tissue samples from the liver to diagnose fatty liver can be replaced in most cases by a painless magnetic resonance investigation. (2017-04-06)
Penn studies find promise for innovations in liquid biopsies
From using fluid in the lungs to better understand the potential of immunotherapy treatments in lung cancer, to tracking circulating tumor cells in prostate cancer, to conducting RNA sequencing of cancer cell clusters from the blood of pancreatic cancer patients, to finding new ways to biopsy tissue from patients who may have esophageal cancer, a series of studies from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrate the promise of new diagnostic methods. (2017-03-29)
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. (2017-03-14)
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. (2017-02-28)
Research connects overeating during national sporting events to medical problems
People who overeat during national holidays and national sporting events -- like this weekend's Super Bowl -- are 10 times more likely to need emergency medical attention for food obstruction than any at other time of the year, according to a new study led by a University of Florida researcher. (2017-02-03)
AGA statement on US travel ban
The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) is concerned that the recent US executive order on immigration could limit scientific exchange, delay patient care and impair medical training. (2017-02-02)
'Complementary' feeding for infants -- ESPGHAN position paper offers guidance
Updated evidence-based recommendations on introducing complementary foods to infants' diet -- solids and liquids other than breast milk -- appear in a position paper of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN). (2017-01-04)
Irish surgeon identifies emerging area of medical science
In a review published in the November issue of The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Professor J. (2016-12-19)
Obese children should be screened for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease -- new NASPGHAN guidelines
A screening test for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) -- a serious condition that may have lifelong health consequences -- is recommended for all obese children aged 9 to 11 years, according to clinical practice guidelines developed by the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) and published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. (2016-12-01)
Study finds arthritis drug significantly effective in treating Crohn's disease
Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have shown that ustekinumab, a human antibody used to treat arthritis, significantly induces response and remission in patients with moderate to severe Crohn's disease. (2016-11-16)
Twenty percent of children with celiac disease do not heal on a gluten-free diet
Even after a year on a gluten-free diet, nearly 20 percent of children with celiac disease continue to have intestinal abnormalities (enteropathy) on repeat biopsies, reports a study in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, official journal of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. (2016-11-07)
Pancreatic cancer set to become third biggest cancer killer in EU next year
Pancreatic cancer mortality rates are increasing in many countries across the EU and it is estimated that 91,500 deaths will occur from the disease next year, compared with 91,000 from breast cancer. (2016-11-07)
How does the gut microbiome influence breast cancer?
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago have received a three-year, $900,000 Defense Department grant to investigate how the gut microbiome -- the trillions of bacteria, viruses and other bugs that make our digestive systems their home -- influences breast cancer. (2016-10-26)
Genome study identifies risk genes in African Americans with inflammatory bowel disease
In the first genome-wide association study of genetic risk factors for inflammatory bowel disease in African Americans, a research team has identified two regions of the genome (loci) associated with ulcerative colitis only in people of African descent. (2016-10-20)
The silver lining of an inflammatory bowel disease diagnosis
While there is understandably much anxiety associated with a new IBD diagnosis, children and parents should sleep easier knowing that adults with IBD, who were diagnosed during their childhood, are doing exceptionally well in terms of educational levels attained, annual income and marital status, according to a study published as an article in press in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. (2016-10-19)
Experts call for urgent change in the care of young adults with IBD
The Berliner Transitions Program, established in Germany, has reported its first successes in the safe and effective transition of childhood IBD patients into adult care. (2016-10-18)
Pregabalin may lessen pain from irritable bowel syndrome, Mayo Clinic study finds
A pilot study by researchers at Mayo Clinic has found that patients suffering from pain related to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may benefit from taking pregabalin, a neuro-pain inhibitor commonly used to treat fibromyalgia. (2016-10-17)
Rome IV -- improving outcomes for patients with functional GI disorders
Delegates attending UEG Week in Vienna embraced the initiatives, which have been inspired by publication of the new Rome IV criteria for functional GI disorders and were showcased today by Dr. (2016-10-17)
New breakthrough for IBS patients
Scientists at UEG Week have today announced that fecal bacterial profiles differ in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients who respond favorably to a low-FODMAP diet and those who do not. (2016-10-17)
New advances in imaging to enhance the detection of GI cancers
The technique involves using a standard endoscopy system with a novel set of camera filters, increasing the number of colors that can be visualized during endoscopy from three to over 50 and potentially improving the ability to detect abnormal cells in the lining of the gut. (2016-10-16)
New study links protein in wheat to the inflammation of chronic health conditions
Scientists have discovered that a protein in wheat triggers the inflammation of chronic health conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, and also contributes towards the development of non-celiac gluten sensitivity. (2016-10-16)
How the gut microbiome may help us prevent IBD
In this Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology research update, we highlight the most noteworthy research recently published in the journal, including a study offering the first example of a preventative approach to inflammatory bowel disease therapy. (2016-10-14)
UC study looks at the influence of fat when gut bacteria is reduced by antibioticsm
A study led by University of Cincinnati (UC) lipid metabolism researchers lends additional insight into how bacteria in the gut, or lack thereof, influences intestinal mast cells (MMC) activation and perhaps fat absorption. (2016-09-08)
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