Press Release Archives

2013

Press Releases

August 13, 2013
Heat Waves Increase Incidence of Infectious Gastroenteritis and IBD Flares

July 23, 2013
New Guidelines on Diagnosis and Management of Achalasia Published by the American College of Gastroenterology

June 18, 2013
ACG Statement on IND Requirements for FMT

June 2, 2013
ACG New York Times Media Response Statement

June 2, 2013
ACG Letter to Editor of New York Times re Colonoscopy Article

May 7, 2013
New Evidence on Role of Food in Gastrointestinal Disorders
May Issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology Features IBS, Celiac Disease, Fatty Liver

March 22, 2013
SCREEN Act Introduced in House and Senate for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Legislation Proposed to Ensure Access to Colorectal Cancer Screening under Medicare

March 5, 2013
New Treatment Guidelines on Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Published by The American College of Gastroenterology

February 25, 2013
Colonoscopy Cost Sharing Eliminated for Privately Insured Patients
Societies Advocate Same Change for Patients with Medicare

Press Releases from ACG 78th Annual Meeting

American College of Gastroenterology Announces Press Briefing Schedule and Press Release Highlights from Upcoming Annual Scientific Meeting

Dr. Harry Sarles Elected President of the American College of Gastroenterology

Physical Activity May Reduce the Risk of Esophageal Cancer

Smartphone App Helps Coach Patients in Colonoscopy Preparation

Childhood Factors May Predispose Adults to Clostridium difficile Infection
Breast feeding and reduced exposure to antibiotics during infancy are protective factors

Two IBD Studies: National Survey Finds Inadequate Access to Health Care for IBD Patients and IBD Does Not Affect Academic Performance of Children

Herbal and Weight Loss Supplements, Energy Drink Associated with Liver Damage and Liver Failure: Four Case Reports

Biomarker in Bile VEGF Can Correctly Identify Pancreatic Cancer with High Sensitivity
Markers in bile could identify cancer earlier than measuring some markers in blood

New Evidence Reveals Impact of Fecal Transplantation upon Gut Flora and Digestive Health Among Immune Compromised Patients and Those with Chronic GI Disorders: IBD, IBS

Novel Research Suggests Efficacy of Diagnostic Blood Test for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS); Psychological Factors Like Anxiety, Depression May be Central Drivers of IBS Rather than Inflammation.

Effectiveness of New Hepatitis C Treatments Featured at ACG Annual Scientific Meeting
Rapid Evolution of Medical Research Advancing Hepatitis C Treatment

Annual Meeting Media Advisories

Media Availability on Highlights of ACG’s President Plenary Sessions

Media Availability on The American Journal of Gastroenterology Lecture

Press Briefing on New Developments in Hepatitis C Treatment

2012

Press Releases

GIQuIC Colonoscopy Quality Registry Surpasses 100,000 Cases
Milestone Underscores Value of Clinical Benchmarking Tool for Gastroenterology Practices

GI Societies Issue New Colonoscopy Surveillance Guidelines
Guidelines Support Previous Recommendations, Address Murky Areas of Cancer Screening

CDC Calls for Hepatitis C Screening for 1945 to 1965 “Boomer” Generation
Gastroenterologists Who Treat Hepatitis C Say This Action Could Halt Fatal Progression of Liver Virus

The American Journal of Gastroenterology “Impact Factor” Increases to 7.28
Ranked as One of the Top Clinical GI Journals

Gut Symptoms in the Global Spotlight for “World Digestive Health Day” on May 29
New Resource Center from the American College of Gastroenterology Addresses Common Digestive Troubles

Obesity Increases the Risk for Colorectal Cancer and Polyps
American College of Gastroenterology & Campaign to End Obesity Team Up to Urge Screening

Studies Point to Colonoscopy as Key to Reducing Colorectal Cancer Deaths
American College of Gastroenterology’s Preferred Strategy for Detection and Prevention

Press Releases from ACG 77th Annual Meeting

Innovative Technologies and Endoscopic Techniques to Treat Gastrointestinal Disorders; New Insight on Esophageal and Colorectal Cancers; Trends in C. difficile, GI Bleeding Mortality Among Featured Topics Presented at the American College of Gastroenterology’s 77th Annual Meeting

Risks of Esophagus Cancer Studied: Statins May Protect Against Esophageal Cancer While Osteoporosis Treatments Do Not Add to Risk

Death from GI Bleeding Decreased in United States in Past Two Decades,
Experimental Treatment in Pediatric Patient Resolves Life-Threatening GI Bleeding Crisis

Chronic Constipation Linked to Increased Risk of Colorectal Cancer
Study Demonstrates Association, Not Causation, Researchers Say

Increased Colorectal Cancer Risk for Extended Family Members, Younger Endometrial Cancer Patients
New Studies Also Highlight Impact of Gender, Race and Obesity on CRC, Adenoma Detection Rates

Marijuana Use May Cause Severe Cyclic Nausea, Vomiting, A Little-Known, But Costly Effect
Researchers Suggest is Serious Burden to Health Care System, Urge Public, Provider Awareness

New Technologies and Endoscopic Techniques Emerge to Address Gastrointestinal Disorders
From visualizing the gut lining in IBS to new techniques to treat achalasia, GI docs use new tools

Chronic Electrical Stimulation at Acupressure Points May Relieve Stomach Woes for Diabetics
Study Suggests Home-based, Non-invasive Therapy is Effective in Treating Gastroparesis Symptoms

Type 2 Diabetes May Increase the Risk of Barrett’s Esophagus
Study Suggests Diabetic Men at Highest Risk Independent of Obesity, Smoking, and Alcohol Use

Studies Suggest Possible Overlap of IBS Symptoms and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Antidepressants May Help IBS Symptoms in IBD; Mesalamine May Provide Relief for Those with IBS

Studies Explore Racial Disparities in IBD Symptoms and Therapy
Provide New Insights on Infliximab Use, Disease Characteristics, Fistulizing Crohn’s Disease

New Research Highlights Changing Epidemiology of Clostridium difficile,
Explores Health Impact of the Diarrheal Infection in Hospitalized Children
Report Suggests Fecal Microbiota Therapy May Help Pediatric Patients with Recurrent C. diff. Diarrhea

Selenium Deficiency May Cause Cardiomyopathy Post-Gastric Bypass
Case Reports Highlight Importance of Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation after Bariatric Surgery

Electrical Stimulation of the Esophagus Promising Treatment for Unresolved Reflux Symptoms

Dr. Ronald J. Vender Elected President of the American College of Gastroenterology

Annual Meeting Media Advisories

Press Briefing – New Technologies Advance Treatment of Gastrointestinal Disorders

Press Briefing – Assessing Risks for Gastrointestinal Malignancies

Media Advisory – Fecal Transplantation for Persistent C. difficile Infection
Lawrence J. Brandt, MD, MACG presents the American Journal of Gastroenterology Lecture

2011

Press Releases

Increased Incidence of Gastroesophageal Reflux Symptoms Among 9/11 World Trade Center Survivors Worsened Their Health-Related Quality of Life
Health Care Providers Urged to Recognize Links Between GERD and Psychological, Respiratory Conditions and Consult Guidelines for Coordinating Physical, Mental Health Care

Tips and Resources on Foodborne Illness from the American College of Gastroenterology
European Outbreak of E. coli Points to Importance of Safe Food Handling

Diarrheal Disease Prevention and Management is Focus for World Digestive Health Day
Tips and Resources for Consumers from the American College of Gastroenterology

Digestive Experts Grade Treatment Options for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Causes of IBD Explored Including “Hygiene Hypothesis”
New systematic review of medical management of IBD developed by expert ACG IBD Task Force published by The American Journal of Gastroenterology as supplement to April 2011 special journal issue devoted to IBD.

American College of Gastroenterology Announces New Colorectal Cancer Awareness Public Service Campaign, Podcasts on Risk Factors, Special Concerns for African Americans and Screening Options

Terrapins’ Coach Gary Williams Teams Up To Fight Colon Cancer
New Public Service Campaign Targets Men to Get Important Screening Tests

Lifesaving Potential of Colorectal Cancer Screening Unrealized for Many Medicare Beneficiaries
Medicare patients who should be screened for colorectal cancer as part of covered preventive benefits are not getting recommended tests, a cause for concern among the nation’s digestive health specialists. At a time when the trends in CRC deaths are declining, CMS estimates that only 50 percent of Medicare beneficiaries have received some sort of colorectal screening.

Press Releases from ACG 76th Annual Scientific Meeting

Groundbreaking Treatments, Innovative Prevention Strategies and New Insights on Impact of Lifestyle Factors on Digestive Health Presented at the American College of Gastroenterology’s 76th Annual Meeting

Antibiotics May Not Be Only Cause of Community-Acquired Clostridium difficile Infection
Nursing Home Residence May Allow for “On-Admission” Prediction Model of Disease Severity

Celiac Patients Face Potential Hazard As Information on Cosmetic Ingredients Difficult to Find
Products Used on Lips and Face Can Result in Unexpected Exposure to Gluten

Cigarette Smoking’s Impact Lingers after Quitting: Current, Former Smokers May Face Impaired Pancreatic Duct Cell Function, Elevated Colorectal Cancer Risk that Persists Longer for Women

Fecal Microbiota Transplants Effective Treatment for C. difficile, Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Long-Term Follow-Up of Potentially Life-Saving Procedure Provides Further Evidence of Efficacy

Hepatitis Transmission Risk Needs to Be Studied in Nail Salons, Barbershops
New Analysis Questions Adequacy of Disinfection Regulations

Moderate Alcohol Consumption is Associated with Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
Just One Drink per Day May Be Cause of GI Woes Like Bloating, Gas, Abdominal Pain, Diarrhea

Probiotics Effective in Combating Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea; “Good Bugs” Look Promising as Anti-Inflammatory Agent for Patients with Ulcerative Colitis, Psoriasis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

New Research on Improved Treatment Options and Screening Strategies for Hepatitis C

Psychological Traumas Experienced Over Lifetime Linked to Adult Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Stress Associated with Grief, Natural Disasters, and Emotional Abuse Plays Ongoing Role in IBS

Screening Baby Boomers for Hepatitis C during a Routine Colon Cancer Screening

Physicians Who Play Mozart While Performing Colonoscopy May Improve Adenoma Detection Rate
New Study Highlights Importance of Adenoma Detection Rate as Quality Indicator for Colonoscopy

Social Media Has Role in Delivery of Healthcare but Patients Should Proceed With Caution
Esophageal Cancer Survivors Benefit From Facebook Group, IBD Patients at Risk of Misinformation on YouTube

U.S. Research Confirms Latitude Variation in Incidence of Chronic Digestive Diseases
Investigators Explore Potential Role of UV Light Exposure and Vitamin D in Crohn’s Therapy

Research Highlights Training to Improve Colorectal Cancer Detection and Assesses Impact of Pre-Cancerous Changes in the Far Reaches of the Colon

Dr. Lawrence R. Schiller Elected President of the American College of Gastroenterology

Annual Meeting Media Advisories

Press Briefing – Hepatitis C: Improving Sustained Viral Response & Screening Strategies for a Silent Epidemic

Press Briefing – Good, Bad and Ugly Bugs: Mother Nature as a Treatment for Better Health in the GI Tract

Media Advisory – Feasibility of Mucosal Healing as a Clinically Significant Endpoint in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Trials
American College of Gastroenterology and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration Joint Workshop

Media Advisory – Food as a Key Management Strategy for Functional Gastrointestinal Symptoms?
Peter Gibson, MD presents the American Journal of Gastroenterology Lecture

2010

Press Releases

Proton Pump Inhibitors and Antiplatelet Drugs Can Be Used Together Following Careful Consideration of the Risks and Benefits
Using proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and antiplatelet drugs (thienopyridines) together is an appropriate way of treating patients with cardiovascular (CV) disease who are at high risk of upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeds, despite recent concerns about an adverse interaction between these two types of drugs, according to an Expert Consensus Document released jointly by the American College of Cardiology Foundation, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Heart Association.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Linked to Lower Risk of Certain Colon Cancers; Antibiotic Therapy Promising for Ulcerative Colitis; and Alcoholic Liver Disease Mortality Featured in August Issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology

A Guide for Vaccinating the IBD Patient and Findings on the Impact of Gluten-Free Diet in Adult Celiac Patients Featured in June Issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology

American College of Gastroenterology Unveils New Podcast Series on IBD
ACG Experts Provide Insight on New IBD Therapies, Pregnancy and Pediatric Patient Concerns

American College of Gastroenterology Supports Global IBD Awareness Efforts
ACG Marks World IBD Day, World Digestive Health Day 2010 with Emphasis on Living Well

Rome Foundation Introduces New Clinical Tool for Diagnosis of Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders in The American Journal of Gastroenterology | Sample Algorithm

Awareness, Earlier Screening Key to Reducing Colorectal Cancer Deaths, Disparities for African Americans – Not All Doctors, Patients Aware Screening for African Americans Should Begin at 45 – Not 50

The Right Colorectal Cancer Test for the Right Patient, Physician Experts Available to Explain Screening Options for March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

American College of Gastroenterology Earns Highest Accreditation from ACCME
Accreditation with Commendation Cites ACG as a “Change Agent”

Press Releases from ACG 75th Annual Scientific Meeting

Innovative Technologies, Insights, Prevention and Treatment Strategies in Gastroenterology Presented at the American College of Gastroenterology’s 75th Annual Meeting

New Meta-Analysis Looks at Role of Statins in Reducing Colon Cancer Risk

Attack on C. difficile: New Studies Explore Strategies to Combat High Rates of Hospital Infections and Treat Patients through Fecal Transplants, Tumeric

Fructose Intolerance Common in Children with Chronic Abdominal Pain

New Understanding of Gut Hormones and Gut Function Sheds Light on Obesity

Vitamin D Deficiency Puts Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients at Greater Risk of Osteoporosis, Osteopenia and an Overall Higher Rate of Abnormal Bone Density

Acid Reflux, Functional Dyspepsia Have Significant Impact on Disordered Sleep

Racial Disparities in Diagnosis, Treatment and Outcomes of Colorectal Cancer Could Impact Medical Guidelines for Screening and Treatment of Colorectal Cancer

Encouraging Findings Suggest New Avenues for Treating Liver Disease in Overweight Americans

Investment in Colorectal Cancer Screening Programs that Target Pre-Medicare Population Needed to Reduce Treatment Costs in the Medicare Population

New Studies Highlight Obesity’s Impact on Gastrointestinal Health: From Increased Severity of Crohn’s Disease to Higher Cancer Risks and Coronary Artery Disease

Colon Cancer Screening Specialists Target Unusual Polyps, Test Effective Techniques to Improve Detection

Diagnostic Techniques Help IBD Patients Avoid Ionizing Radiation Exposure

Dr. Delbert L. Chumley Elected President of the American College of Gastroenterology

Annual Meeting Media Advisories

Abuse, Trauma and GI Symptoms: Is there a Link?
Douglas A. Drossman, MD, FACG Presents the American Journal of Gastroenterology Lecture

Press Briefing – Attack on C. difficile: A GI Perspective – How We Can Combat this Serious Health Issue
Researchers explore strategies to combat high-rates of hospital infections and treat patients

Press Briefing – Obesity: GI Risks and Clinical Implications
Researchers explore obesity’s impact on GI health and the efficacy of treatments for overweight and obese GI patients

Media Statements

The New Name for Quality Measures in GI Endoscopy is “GIQuIC”
Announcing the Quality Improvement Registry for Endoscopy

2009

Press Releases

Gastroenterology/Hepatology Societies Release Report Evaluating Fellowship Training Curriculum

Press Releases from ACG 74th Annual Scientific Meeting

Effects of World Trade Center Cleanup Still Being Felt 
In a six year study of World Trade Center workers, researchers probed the connection between the high frequencies of gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) and mental health disorders (MHD) reported among exposed workers during the post 9/11 cleanup. Their findings suggest that mental health disorders play an important role in the genesis and persistence of GERD among these workers and therefore treatment of the underlying mental health disorder may be necessary to resolve the physical manifestation of GERD.

Chronic GI Problems After Infectious Gastroenteritis for Military Personnel
Researchers from the United States Navy examining functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGD) within the active military population and their connection to of infectious gastroenteritis (IGE) found not only a significant association between IGE and FGD, but also that almost 3 out of 10 military personnel studied still received FGD related-care two years after their initial diagnosis.

Gut Check: Studies Explore Connection between High Stress and High Exposure Jobs and GI Disorders

For Bigger Athletes: Potential Future Health Risks
New primary research comparing the signs of metabolic syndrome in professional baseball and football players, reveals that the larger professional athletes – football linemen – may encounter future health problems despite their rigorous exercise routines. These findings may have implications for younger athletes, and the general public facing rising obesity rates, as well.

In Combat Zone, Gastroenterologists’ Skills Put to Test
Gastroenterologists working in Joint Base Balad, Iraq, present special cases that put their endoscopic skills to test while on deployment to diagnose and treat military dogs that provide vital protective roles in security and munitions detection.

Possible Link Between Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment  And Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
Findings from a new retrospective cohort study indicate that patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), especially those receiving the thiopurine class of medications to treat IBD, may be at risk for developing non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC).  In light of these findings, the American College of Gastroenterology is encouraging physicians treating patients with IBD to provide appropriate counseling and monitoring for NMSC.

Technologies to Advance Diagnosis by Colonoscopy
Several studies on new colonoscopic technologies reveal some imaging modalities fare better than others at improving detection of potentially pre-cancerous growths in the colon known as adenomas.  Research on a retrograde viewing device for the colonoscope, high definition colonoscopy (HD), and HD “chromocolonoscopy” looks at which imaging modalities are most effective at giving physicians a clearer diagnostic picture.

New Combination Therapy Looks Promising Against Ulcer Bacteria
Results of a new study reveal that LOAD therapy is superior to LAC at eliminating the bacterium in patients with gastritis and peptic ulcers.  Helicobater pylori, a bacteria implicated in peptic ulcers and gastritis, was eradicated in 95 percent patients who took a 7-day course of combination therapy with levofloxacin, omeprazole, nitazoxanide (Alinia®) and doxycycline (LOAD) compared to eradication in only 80.9 percent of patients on lansoprazole, amoxicillin and clarithromycin (LAC) for seven days.

Capsule Endoscopy Safe for Patients with Implantable Cardiac Devices
A study of 91 patients with implantable cardiac devices such as pacemakers, implantable defibrillators or left ventricular assist devices found that performing capsule endoscopy in these patients is safe and that the devices in general do not interfere with images captured by the capsule.  Capsule endoscopy is most often performed for occult GI bleeding, a condition not uncommon among elderly patients, who also have the most number of implantable cardiac devices.

Researchers Find New Importance of Preparation in Determining Colonoscopy Follow-up Interval and Evaluate New Bowel Preparation Formulations

Bowel Preparation Impacts Follow-up Timetable for Colonoscopy
After studying records on some 788 patients, researchers concluded that inadequate bowel preparation by the patient before colonoscopy resulted in a recommended follow-up colonoscopy 17.1 months earlier than average.  By comparison, finding an adenoma during the procedure resulted in a recommended follow-up examination 17.2 months earlier than average.

Researchers Evaluate New Bowel Prep Approaches
In December 2008, a popular OTC bowel preparation for colonoscopy, which contained phosphosoda, was recalled from the market.  ACG researchers presented papers evaluating new bowel preparation formulations and approaches. In a pilot study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Polyethelne Glycol (PEG) plus ascorbic acid (Moviprep) compared to magnesium citrate for bowel preparation before colonoscopy, researchers found that overall colon preparation was excellent or good for the vast majority of those receiving either solution. The study also showed a significant improvement in the quality of bowel preparation when using split dosing with either preparation. Researchers also evaluated a new oral sulfate solution (SUPREP®) compared to a large volume polyethylene glycol (PEG) and electrolytes solution (NuLYTELY®) in the ability to cleanse the proximal, or right colon, which has received increased attention as an important site of missed adenomas. In each case, the oral sulfate solution outperformed the PEG and electrolytes solution.

For African Americans, Women and Latinos, Higher Risk of GI Diseases May Mean More Vigilance, Earlier Screenings

Largest Cohort Study to-Date Examines Barrett’s Esophagus Prevalence Among Latinos
In the largest cohort study to-date, researchers studying the prevalence of Barrett’s Esophagus (BE) in the Latino population found that the prevalence of BE among Latino males was on par with non-Latino White males, the segment of the population in which BE has historically been most prevalent.

Racial and Gender Disparities in Colon Cancer
Two new retrospective and cohort studies explore disparities in race and gender in the incidence and epidemiology of colorectal cancer.  Female patients, in particular female Hispanic patients, are being diagnosed with more right-side, or proximal, colon cancers compared to the population in general.  In addition, African American patients, in particular African American males, are reported to have the greatest proportion of advanced colon cancers compared to all groups. A related study shows that African American patients are more likely than other ethnic groups to have multiple polyps, as well as polyps located on the proximal side of the colon.

ACG Elects Dr. Philip O. Katz President

ACG to Revolutionize Scientific Exchange on Within3

Media Statements

Obama Speech Heralds Prevention Power of Screening Tests Like Colonoscopy
Gastroenterologists Applaud President’s Call for Coverage

Media Advisory for World Digestive Health Day Friday May 29, 2009 Virtual Press Conference
New Interactive Tools from ACG Aim to Bring Hope to Millions of IBS Patients Searching for Relief

Gastroenterologists Applaud Kennedy-Hutchinson Bill’s Renewal of War on Cancer
Strategies to Address Rare GI Cancers and Colorectal Screening Among Key Provisions

American College of Gastroenterology Issues Updated Colorectal Cancer Guidelines Colonoscopy Every Ten Years is Preferred Screening Strategy According to Experts
Click here to access PDF of guideline.

Colonoscopy Quality Critical Factor to Thorough Exam and Best Colon Cancer Detection Flawed Analysis Misleading on Key Quality Indicators
ACG statement on study by Wilkins et al.,”Screening Colonoscopies by Primary Care Physicians: A Meta-Analysis” Annals of Family Medicine – January 2009

2008

Press Releases

American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)/American Heart Association (AHA) Joint comment on Studies Regarding Possible Interaction of Clopidogrel and Proton Pump Inhibitors

ACCF/ACG/AHA 2008 Expert Consensus Document on Reducing the Gastrointestinal Risks of Antiplatelet Therapy and NSAID Use
ACG joined the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association in developing consensus guidelines outlining a stepwise approach for reducing the risk of ulcers and gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding among patients using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) along with antiplatelet agents. The new guidelines were published in AmJGastroenterol concurrently with the ACC and AHA journals.

Despite Advances in the Accuracy of CT Colonography in Detecting Polyps, Digestive Health Experts Urge Patients to Consider Risks and Realities

Obesity Raises Risks of Serious Digestive Health Concerns

Updated Treatment Guidelines for Barrett’s Esophagus Offer Important New Recommendations for Challenging Clinical Controversies

March 5, 2008 – New Guidelines Update Recommendations on Colorectal Cancer Screening

U.S. Cancer Deaths Down but Far Too Few Americans Screened for Colon Cancer

Press Releases from ACG 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting

Air Pollution May Increase Risk of Appendicitis
Exposure to air pollutants, particularly ozone, was associated with a modest increased risk of developing appendicitis. Notably, the effect of air pollution was strongest during the summer months, when people were more likely to be outside.

Metabolic Syndrome Ups Colorectal Cancer Risk
In a large population-based study, metabolic syndrome patients had a 75 percent higher risk of colorectal cancer compared to those without metabolic syndrome.

Parents Foster Significant Misperceptions of Children’s Weight and Often Misjudge Risk for Obesity in Adulthood
Results of a survey revealed most parents do not perceive their children as overweight or at risk for adulthood obesity. Even though all the children had elevated BMI, less than 13 percent of the parents reported their child as currently overweight. Fewer than one-third perceived that their child’s risk for adult obesity was above average or very high

Screening for Colorectal Cancer Before Medicare Age Could Save Millions in Federal Health Care Dollars
A new study suggests a screening program for colon cancer in patients starting ten years prior to Medicare eligibility, at age 55 instead of Medicare’s 65, would save at least two dollars for every dollar spent.

New Studies Examine the Effectiveness of Probiotics in IBS
Several studies highlight the safety and efficacy of probioitcs in improving symptoms and normalizing bowel movement frequency in patients suffering from constipation or diarrhea related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

New Study Finds Summer is Peak Season for Diagnosis of Esophagus Disorder
Two new studies examined eosinophilic esophagitis, a condition that can mimic symptoms of GERD, in a small proportion of people. The first study found that the diagnosis of EoE peaked during the summer months. The second analysis reviewed a case series of heartburn patients who underwent surgery to treat GERD, but who were found later actually to suffer from EoE.

Women Require Less Tobacco Exposure than Men to Increase Colon Cancer Risk
While smoking poses a health threat to both men and women, women require less tobacco exposure than men to have a significant increased risk for colorectal neoplasia. In a separate analysis, researchers found smoking may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer precursor lesions, particularly in patients with a strong family history of the disease.

New Colorectal Cancer Screening Technologies Improve Detection of Polyps During Colonoscopy
Two studies highlight new technologies with the potential to improve the detection of colorectal polyps and flat lesions during colonoscopy.

Vitamin D Deficiency Common in Patients with IBD
Chronic Liver Disease Patients with inflammatory bowel disease or chronic liver disease are at increased risk of developing Vitamin D deficiencies. Two separate studies highlight the importance of regular Vitamin D checkups in the evaluation of patients with certain digestive diseases.

Endoscopic Therapy May Offer an Alternative to Surgery for Patients with Barrett’s Esophagus, Early Stage Esophageal Cancer
Two separate studies suggest endoscopic mucosal resection, or EMR, is an effective treatment alternative to surgery and generally yields positive long-term results for patients with Barrett’s esophagus or early stage esophageal cancer.

New Therapeutic Treatment Approach Improves Survival in Esophageal Cancer Patients
A new therapeutic treatment, when delivered endoscopically and used in combination with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, improved survival rates in patients with locally advanced esophageal cancer.

New Studies Highlight the Importance of Bowel Prep and Effectiveness of Colonoscopy in Detecting Potentially Dangerous Polyps
New research emphasizes the importance of adequate bowel preparation prior to colonoscopy, and highlights the remarkable effectiveness of colonoscopy in detecting and removing pre-cancerous polyps, particularly tiny, flat, potentially pre-cancerous growths in the colon known as “sessile serrated adenomas,” that may go undetected or unreported by other colorectal cancer screening methods.

Eamonn M.M. Quigley, MD, FACG Elected ACG President

Media Statements

ACG Releases Evidence-Based Systematic Review on Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome – December 17, 2008

Quality Colonoscopy Exam Remains Best Strategy for Detection of Polyps and Cancers – December 16, 2008

New Report on Racial ‘Survival Gap’ for Colorectal Cancer Supports American College of Gastroenterology Call for African Americans to Begin Screening at Age 45 – Five Years Earlier Than Current Recommendations – December 15, 2008

ACG Responds to Wall Street Journal Article on Virtual Colonoscopy

Dr. Foxx-Orenstein’s Response to Las Vegas Hepatitis C Infections – Feb. 28, 2008

Digestive Health Specialists Applaud CEO’s Efforts to Fight Obesity & Overweight

2007

Press Releases

American College of Gastroenterology Offers Tips to Ease the Heartburn of Pregnancy

American College of Gastroenterology Offers Updated Clinical Guidance for Managing Pregnant Patients

Oprah and Dr. Oz Highlight Lifesaving Potential of Colon Cancer Screening

Despite Advances in the Accuracy of CT Colonography in Detecting Polyps, Digestive Health Experts Urge Patients to Consider Risks and Realities

Frequently Asked Questions When Considering a Colorectal Cancer Screening Test

Medicare Agency Jeopardizes Access to Cost-Effective Care, Potentially Threatens Health of U.S. Seniors by Limiting Life-Saving Colorectal Cancer Screening
Gastroenterologists Predict CMS “Death Blow” to Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Press Releases from ACG 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting

Obesity Strongest Risk Factor for Colorectal Cancer Among Women
A study of women’s risk of colorectal cancer found obesity is the strongest risk factor for colorectal neoplasia, an even stronger association than smoking. Of the patients who had colorectal neoplasia, 20 percent were obese and 14 percent were smokers.

Consumption of Raw Fish Raises Potential Health Concerns for Consumers Two case studies from Japan point to a potential health problem as more Americans consume raw fish in the form of sushi. Anisakiasis is a parasitic infection caused by the consumption of raw or undercooked seafood containing Anisakis larvae. The ingested larvae can lead to cramping, diarrhea, vomiting and small bowel obstruction warranting a trip to the emergency room.

Impairment from Chronic Digestive Problems Amounts to One Lost Day Per Week
Those who suffer from common functional gastrointestinal disorders face work productivity losses and impairments in daily activity that amount to the loss of at least one day of work in a 40-hr workweek.

Nighttime Acid Reflux Can Impact Sleep
Nighttime acid reflux, along with some of the less typical manifestations or symptoms of GERD, is associated with significant sleep impairment.

Gastric Bypass Surgery May Cause Post-Op Nutrient Deficiencies
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth can emerge after gastric bypass surgery, which can impact the absorption of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients, such as calcium and zinc, causing potentially serious complications.

Use of Common, But Potentially Dangerous, Pain Medicines Underreported
New studies highlight the risks and significant health care costs of GI injury and bleeding from the use of NSAIDs. According to a survey conducted at Eastern Virginia Medical School, 22 percent of respondents did not think NSAIDs were important to mention to their doctor, revealing a common misperception about these over-the-counter remedies.

Mesalamine Linked to Cancer Protection for High Risk IBD Patients
Mesalamine use among patients with inflammatory bowel disease was associated with a decrease in incidence of colorectal cancer when comparing cases and controls. Patients with IBD are at significantly higher than average risk for colorectal cancer and should be screened more frequently, but another study revealed many don’t get recommended tests.

GERD Can Masquerade as Persistent Cough or even Severe Chest Pain
Acid reflux into the esophagus can present as other symptoms such as chronic cough or chest pain. Two new studies highlight the little known connection between acid reflux and seemingly unrelated problems.

Racial & Ethnic Differences in CRC Incidence Emphasize Importance of Screening
Minorities are at increased risk for colorectal cancer than Caucasians, but less likely to undergo life-saving screening tests. More African Americans had proximal advanced polyps than Caucasians, and when compared to Latin Americans, both shared similar colonoscopy findings.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Remains Essential for Elderly Adults
Two new studies support continued colorectal cancer screening among elderly Americans. While colorectal adenomas were detected more frequently in adults 80 and older, screening colonoscopy improved survival in the elderly by detecting colon cancer at earlier stages.

First Colonoscopy with Removal of Polyps Linked to Reduction in Colon Cancer Death
Using a model from the National Polyp Study data, researchers found a dramatic reduction in expected colorectal cancer deaths with screening colonoscopy that cleared the colon of pre-cancerous polyps-whether or not there were follow-up exams-suggesting the initial screening with “polypectomy” may account for mortality reduction.

Amy E. Foxx-Orenstein, DO, FACG Elected ACG President

ACG Announces Generous Gift by Procter & Gamble

2006

Press Releases from ACG 71st Annual Scientific Meeting

Gender and Family Size Influences IBS Symptoms in Children
Illness behavior, specifically complaints of recurrent abdominal pain, in girls with mothers who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) may be intensified in smaller families, where children have more one-on-one contact with their mothers. (link to maternal IBS on Child Gastrointestinal symptoms)

Re-Screening for Colorectal Cancer after Initial “All Clear”
Patients run a very low risk of having colon cancer five years after a screening colonoscopy that detected no precancerous growths or polyps. The study supports current ten-year screening interval for colonoscopy recommendations from the American College of Gastroenterology.

Medical Compliance in IBD Patients Advances Cost-Savings
Patients who consistently take medications for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) incur 50 percent lower total health care costs than those who fail to refill prescriptions or follow physician instructions
to switch drugs.

Cannabis Chemicals May Alleviate Post-Eating Stomach Cramps
A chemical component extracted from the cannabis, or marijuana, plant may relax the colon and reduce stomach cramping after eating.

14-Year Decline in Colon Cancer Due to Increased Screening
Increased colorectal screening has reduced the incidence of colorectal cancer according to a new study. The decline in colorectal cancer cases from 1988 to 2002 coincides with improvements in, and the increased use of, tests such as the fecal occult blood test, the flexible sigmoidoscopy and the colonoscopy.

Tiny Video Capsule Shows Promise in Colonoscopy Screening
Capsule colonoscopy, in which patients swallow a small video capsule that then examines the colon for polyps, could be a promising new tool for colon cancer screening.

Education Triples Colon Cancer Screening Rates Among Latinos
Community education, including physician referrals and attention to cultural settings, tripled the number of colonoscopies performed among a predominantly Latino inner-city population.

New Study Links Bad Breath to Heartburn, GERD
Study links bad breath or halitosis to GERD, bacterial overgrowth could be a culprit.

The Impact of IBD on Women’s Personal, Professional Lives
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) has a negative impact upon patients’ educational, professional, and personal lives.  IBD causes long-term inflammation of the intestines and affects more than 600,000 Americans each year. Common forms of IBD include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Some Prescriptions Can Lead to Chronic Drug-Induced Liver Injury
A new consortium study found higher rates of chronic drug-induced liver injury (DILI) resulting from the common prescription medications known as antimicrobials and anticonvulsants. A surprising 23 percent of patients showed evidence of a chronic condition six months after their enrollment in a new study measuring DILI.

75% of College Students Report Risk Factors for Hepatitis C
College undergraduates in the United States do not recognize the magnitude of their risk behaviors for contracting Hepatitis C, a chronic viral liver disease, according to a survey conducted at a large midwestern university. Researchers found that 75 percent of undergraduates in this study had a potential Hepatitis C risk factor, from tattoos to sharing body jewelry.

New study: Drinking Red Wine Cuts Risk of Colorectal Cancer
The consumption of more than three glasses of red wine a week reduced the risk for significant colorectal neoplasia (SCRN), or colon cancer. Researchers suspect the high content of the compound resveratrol in red wine plays a key role. Resveratrol is an anti-fungal chemical that occurs naturally under the skin of red wine grapes.

New, Minimally-Invasive Surgery for the Morbidly Obese
New studies demonstrated that transoral endoscopic surgical techniques – entering the abdomen through oral cavities such as the nose and mouth – can be successful in both bovine and human patients. Further, patients who underwent endoscopic-guided transoral gastroplasty for morbid obesity showed signs of initial weight loss.

Dr. David A. Johnson Elected ACG President

2005

Press Releases

Nighttime Heartburn’s Impact on Workplace Productivity Costs the Nation More Than $1.9 Billion Each Week

American College of Gastroenterology Announces 2005 Junior Faculty Development Grant Award Recipient

New Recommendations by the American College of Gastroenterology Call for Changes in Colorectal Cancer Screening of African Americans

Corporate Support Grows for ACG’s Advancing Excellence Campaign

American College of Gastroenterology Fears Fraudulent Medical Procedures in California Could Create Troubling Questions for Patients with Legitimate Need for Screening Tests

Press Releases from ACG 70th Annual Scientific Meeting

The Stomach, a Better Lie Detector?
A new study suggests that changes in gastric physiology perform better than standard polygraph methods in distinguishing between lying and telling the truth.

Impact of Race and Age in Colorectal Cancer Risk
Two new studies show that young African Americans are at a much higher risk for colon cancer than other races. One study found that African Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer at a younger age than whites, while the other found younger blacks are more likely to have pre-cancerous polyps that younger whites or Hispanics.

Probiotics in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
A new study of the probiotic strain B. infantis 35624 shows promising results in normalizing frequency of bowel movements in patients suffering from constipation or diarrhea – the two ends of the spectrum in Irritable
Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Possible Dangers of Over-The-Counter Pain Medicines
Patients who combine the common over-the counter pain medications ibuprofen and naproxen with aspirin have a risk of gastrointestinal complications including ulcers, perforations and bleeding that is two to three times greater than patients who take these medications but do not combine them with aspirin.

Pedialyte® vs. Gatorade® in Kids with “Stomach Flu”
In a trial of oral rehydration solutions, Gatorade® proved as effective as Pedialyte® in correcting dehydration and improving bowel symptoms for children with diarrhea and vomiting related to acute viral gastroenteritis.

Nighttime Heartburn’s Role in Sleep Problems
New research on acid reflux shows: 1. Patients with sleep complaints but no heartburn symptoms suffered episodes of nighttime acid reflux; 2. Symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux are common and frequently severe in patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

Study of Patient Knowledge, Attitudes in IBS
Significant misconceptions about the causes of their condition and mistaken beliefs about its potential progression into other diseases, including cancer, marks the knowledge of a sample of patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Women More Vulnerable to Risk of Colorectal Cancer from Tobacco
A new study of gender and risk factors for colorectal cancer reveals that while both tobacco and alcohol increase risk for colorectal cancer, women who smoke are at higher risk.

Diabetes & Risk of Colorectal Cancer
A new study released at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology confirms that patients with diabetes are significantly more likely to have colon cancer than individuals without diabetes.

Affect of Birth Order on Parental Solicitousness in Moms with IBS
New research presented at the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology suggests that birth order impacts child perceptions of maternal solicitousness toward GI symptoms, particularly in families where the mother has Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Improvement in Work Attendance, Productivity With IBS Treatment
A new study shows that treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) with constipation may have a significant impact on absenteeism from work, as well as improving presenteeism – defined as coming to work but being less productive. IBS is second only to the common cold as the leading cause of work absenteeism.

Jack A. DiPalma, M.D., FACG of Mobile, AL Elected ACG President
The current 2004-2005 ACG President is John W. Popp, Jr., M.D., FACG of Columbia, SC.