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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)

A new breakthrough in timing of urgent endoscopy for gastrointestinal bleeding patients
Endoscopy plays a major role in the diagnosis and therapy of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. An endoscopic group in Italy investigated whether a simple clinical score prior to endoscopy was efficient in selecting those patients. Their study showed that such an endoscopic triage is strongly associated with the detection of endoscopic signs of recent hemorrhage. (2008-09-10)

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)

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)

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)

Half of UK patients needing emergency gut exam still face 'serious' delays
Over half of patients who need emergency investigation of sudden bleeding from their gut are still facing potentially (2010-03-31)

McCain gives $5 million to St. Michael's Hospital for therapeutic endoscopy
Wallace and Margaret McCain have donated $5 million to St. Michael's Hospital for its therapeutic endoscopy program. The donation will allow St. Michael's to recruit another world-class physician-researcher for its therapeutic endoscopy program, which is already one of the largest and most advanced in Canada, treating more than 14,000 patients a year. This person would hold the Wallace and Margaret McCain Chair in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. (2011-03-17)

Safety study of capsule endoscopy in patients with implantable cardiac devices finds no interference
Performing capsule endoscopy, using a miniature capsule that is swallowed to record and transmit images of the small intestine, is safe in patients with implantable cardiac devices such as pacemakers and implantable defibrillators, a new study shows. (2009-10-26)

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)

ASGE recognizes 10 endoscopy units for quality as part of its Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has recognized 10 endoscopy units as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy, in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscopy reprocessing and CDC infection control guidelines. To date, 134 endoscopy units have been recognized by ASGE. (2009-09-02)

Study reveals optimal interval for stomach cancer screening
A new study has determined how often people should get screened for gastric or stomach cancer in high-risk regions of the world. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings could help reduce deaths from gastric cancer, which is the second most common cause of cancer-related mortality. (2012-07-16)

Certain types of polyps may warrant keeping closer tabs on the colon
Being on the lookout for certain features of polyps may help physicians keep a closer eye on patients at risk for colorectal cancer. (2016-04-13)

ASGE recognizes 18 endoscopy units for quality
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has recognized 18 endoscopy units as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy, in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing and CDC infection control guidelines. To date, more than 400 endoscopy units have been recognized by ASGE. (2012-03-28)

This GI test could help patients avoid a hospital stay
Symptoms of possible upper GI bleeding are a leading cause of hospital admissions through emergency departments. But according to a new study, use of capsule endoscopy can avoid many unnecessary hospital admissions in patients with these symptoms. (2016-12-16)

ASGE recognizes 21 endoscopy units for quality and safety
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has recognized 21 endoscopy units as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy, in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing and CDC infection control guidelines. To date, 358 endoscopy units have been recognized by ASGE. (2011-09-12)

ASGE recognizes 30 endoscopy units for quality and safety
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has recognized 30 endoscopy units as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy, in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscopy reprocessing and CDC infection control guidelines. To date, 337 endoscopy units have been recognized by ASGE. (2011-05-18)

ASGE recognizes 35 endoscopy units for quality and safety as part of its Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has recognized 35 endoscopy units as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy, in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscopy reprocessing and CDC infection control guidelines. To date, 307 endoscopy units have been recognized by ASGE. (2011-02-22)

ASGE recognizes 32 endoscopy units for quality and safety
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has recognized 32 endoscopy units as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy, in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscopy reprocessing and CDC infection control guidelines. To date, 166 endoscopy units have been recognized by ASGE. (2010-02-10)

Simple screening test reduces invasive examinations for suspected bowel disease
A simple screening test identifies patients who are most likely to have inflammatory bowel disease and reduces the need for expensive, invasive and time consuming endoscopies, finds a study published on bmj.com today. (2010-07-15)

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)

Endoscopy may not be necessary in asymptomatic children after caustic ingestion
A new study from researchers in Italy reports that endoscopy may not be necessary in children who show no symptoms after a caustic ingestion. The results demonstrated that the incidence of severe abnormalities of the esophagus in children without any early symptoms is very low and an endoscopy could be avoided. The study appears in the September issue of GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. (2008-09-26)

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)

Hemostatic powder stops bleeding ulcers: Doctor
A new material similar to that used by the US military to treat traumatic injuries is showing promise as the next novel treatment for bleeding ulcers, a condition that commonly affects up to 15 percent of adults, according to Hong Kong physician Dr. James Lau. (2010-10-13)

Capsule endoscopy diagnoses more Crohn's disease recurrence after surgery than colonoscopy
Research from La Fe University Hospital in Valencia, Spain shows that capsule endoscopy diagnoses more Crohn's disease recurrence after surgery than colonoscopy. Capsule endoscopy led to changes in therapy for more than half of the patients studied. The research appears in the September issue of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. (2007-09-26)

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)

ASGE issues updated infection control guidelines for gastrointestinal endoscopy
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has updated its infection control guidelines regarding gastrointestinal endoscopy. The guidelines note that endoscopy-related infections are a very rare event since the adoption of endoscope reprocessing guidelines. The ASGE infection control guidelines appear in the May issue of GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal of the ASGE. (2008-05-13)

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)

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 recognizes 48 endoscopy units for quality as part of its Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has recognized 48 endoscopy units as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy, in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscopy reprocessing and CDC infection control guidelines. To date, 215 endoscopy units have been recognized by ASGE. (2010-06-14)

ASGE issues guidelines on the role of endoscopy in the bariatric surgery patient
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has issued guidelines on the role of endoscopy in the bariatric surgery patient. The guidelines discuss endoscopy in the preoperative patient and the postoperative patient, and appear in the July issue of GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal of the ASGE. (2008-07-25)

ASGE recognizes 27 endoscopy units for quality and safety
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has recognized 27 endoscopy units as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy, in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing and CDC infection control guidelines. To date, more than 400 endoscopy units have been recognized by ASGE. (2011-12-21)

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)

ASGE recognizes 57 endoscopy units for quality and safety as part of its Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has recognized 57 endoscopy units as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy, in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscopy reprocessing and CDC infection control guidelines. To date, 272 endoscopy units have been recognized by ASGE. (2010-12-06)

ASGE issues guidelines for safety in the gastrointestinal endoscopy unit
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has issued (2014-02-05)

ASGE issues updated guidelines on antibiotic prophylaxis for gastrointestinal endoscopy
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has issued updated guidelines on antibiotic prophylaxis for gastrointestinal endoscopy based on the American Heart Association's recently revised guidelines for prophylaxis of infective endocarditis. For endoscopic practice, the administration of prophylactic antibiotics solely to prevent IE is not recommended for patients who undergo GI-tract procedures. The updated ASGE guidelines reflect that change. The guidelines appear in the May issue of GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal of the ASGE. (2008-05-13)

Cancers caught during screening colonoscopy are more survivable
Patients whose colorectal cancer is detected during a screening colonoscopy are likely to survive longer than those who wait until they have symptoms before having the test. (2015-07-13)

Endoscopy within 24 hours shows better outcomes in elderly with peptic ulcer bleeding
A new study shows that elderly patients who underwent endoscopy within one day of presentation for peptic ulcer bleeding had a two-day shorter hospital stay and were less likely to require upper gastrointestinal surgery than patients who did not receive endoscopy within the first day of presentation. Researchers from University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland note that unless specific contraindications exist, the data supports the routine use of early endoscopy for upper gastrointestinal bleeding. (2009-08-17)

Medics call for urgent improvements in the quality of endoscopy across Europe
Every year, tens of millions of individuals across Europe undergo endoscopic procedures to assist with the diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal diseases. However, significant variation in current endoscopy provision across Europe has been reported, with back-to-back colonoscopy studies demonstrating that a concerning 22 percent of all adenomas are missed and that a three-to-six fold variation in adenoma detection is present between endoscopists. (2016-03-30)

ASGE offers guidelines on endoscopic treatment of dyspepsia
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has issued guidelines for the role of endoscopy in treating dyspepsia, discomfort thought to arise from the upper-gastrointestinal tract, which affects a fourth of the population in Western countries. The guidelines, prepared by ASGE's Standards of Practice Committee, appear in the December issue of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. (2007-12-21)

Removal of superficial tumors in esophagus by endoscopy can avoid extirpation of this part
The removal through endoscopy of tumors that affect only the superficial layers of the esophagus can avoid complete extirpation of this part of the digestive tract. (2008-04-10)

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