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A New Kind of Transplant Bank

Nearly a year ago, Mark Smith, a 27-year-old doctoral candidate, and three colleagues launched OpenBiome, the nation’s first human stool bank. Its mission: to provide doctors with safe, inexpensive fecal material from screened donors to treat patients with Clostridium difficile, a gastrointestinal infection that kills at least 14,000 Americans a year. New York Times (2/17)

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Three Groups Miss Out on Colon Cancer Survival Gains, Study Says

Survival rates for white and Asian patients with advanced colon cancer have improved significantly, but the benefits haven’t extended to blacks and Hispanics, according to an American Cancer Society study. Healthday News (2/14)

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Frequency, cost of inpatient constipation cases rising in US

The increased frequency and rising costs associated with constipation diagnoses represent an escalating burden on the health care system, according to new data published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.  Healio (2/11)

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Follow-Up Colonoscopy: Effect of Bowel Cleansing Quality on Recommendations

In recent study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers examined the effect of bowel cleanse quality on adherence to the recommendation. The researchers examined quality of colon cleansing among 1,387 follow-up colonoscopy patients. Becker’s ASC (2/10)

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Quinoa May Be Safe Grain for People With Celiac Disease

Quinoa was well-tolerated by the patients and did not worsen their condition, according to the findings published Jan. 21 in The American Journal of Gastroenterology.

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Are We Close to Solving the Mystery of IBS?

Doctors today have to rely on X-ray scans and patients’ descriptions of their symptoms to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). But scientists at the University of Nottingham’s Digestive Diseases Centre in the U.K. have discovered a new way of investigating the illness using MRIs, which could affect how doctors diagnose and treat IBS in the future. Yahoo Health (1/15)

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Dr. Caroll Koscheski of ACG: Value-Based Care in Gastroenterology

Value-based care is a term heard across all specialties in healthcare, but value is an abstract term. Physicians, payers and patients each have a stake in defining value-based care and what it means for the future of healthcare. Becker’s (1/15)

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Crohn’s Anti-TNF Tx Won’t Boost Cancer Risk

Anti-tumor necrosis factor agents like infliximab (Remicade) were not associated with risks for cancer in patients with Crohn’s disease, researchers found. Medscape (1/10)

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Current Screening Guidelines Fail to Identify Celiac Disease

Current guidelines for detecting undiagnosed celiac disease (CD) are inadequate for widespread CD screening, according to results from a study published online January 13 in Pediatrics. Medscape (1/13)

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You’ll never believe what doctors are using to fight gut infections: Fecal transplants

The mere thought of a fecal transplant — the transfer of beneficial bacteria from the colon of one person into the colon of another — is just plain yucky. But for people with bowel infections — particularly those caused by the pernicious Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, strain — the procedure can be life-changing. Washington Post (1/6)

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