FDA approves faster, easier treatment for hepatitis C

A new medication for chronic hepatitis C that can be paired with other drugs to make treatment of the liver-damaging disease faster, easier and more effective got approval from the Food and Drug Administration Friday. USA Today (12/6)

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Banish the bloat

Bloat is a frequent complaint, especially among women. Though rarely life threatening, it’s one of the earliest and most common signs that something is amiss in the gastrointestinal tract, a long and twisting road that stretches from the mouth to the anus. The Courant (11/22)

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Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds

Could the microbes that inhabit our guts help explain that old idea of “gut feelings?” There’s growing evidence that gut bacteria really might influence our minds.

“I’m always by profession a skeptic,” says , a professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. “But I do believe that our gut microbes affect what goes on in our brains.” NPR (11/18)

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1 in 3 Not Meeting Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines: CDC

Detecting colon cancer early saves lives, yet only about two-thirds of Americans aged 50 to 75 have undergone screening, health officials said earlier this week. Although the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that men and women 50 and older get screened, about 23 million Americans — or 28 percent of people who should be screened — have never done so, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HealthDay (11/5)

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Too Much Sitting Tied to Higher Risk of Colon Polyps in Men

Men who are more sedentary face a higher risk of recurring colon polyps, according to a new study, even if these men break up their downtime with bouts of recreational activities such as walking, jogging or golf. HealthDay (10/28)

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Fecal Transplant Cost Effective for Recurrent C difficile

A new analysis of the cost effectiveness of various strategies to combat recurring Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs) shows that fecal microbial transplantation delivered by colonoscopy is the best approach. Medscape (10/25)

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Gene May Explain Link Between Meat and Colon Cancer Risk

A specific genetic variant might help explain why eating red and processed meat is associated with an increased risk of colon cancer, a small, new study contends. HealthDay (10/24)

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Fecal transplant needs careful, measured approach

“We need to be thinking as scientists as well as clinicians and to a phased approach to using this in the future,” David T. Rubin, MD, FACG, co-director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, University of Chicago Medicine, said while delivering his portion of the American Journal of Gastroenterology Lecture during the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting. Rubin was joined by Stephen M. Collins, MBBS, department of medicine, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, in giving the lecture on the emerging role of the microbiome in the pathogenesis and management of inflammatory bowel disease.  Healio (10/16)

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Exercise Could Protect You From Esophageal Cancer

Making sure to get that workout in could help lower your risk of developing esophageal cancer, according to a new study.

Mayo Clinic researchers found an association between physical activity and risk of the cancer, with physically active people having a 32 percent lower risk of developing one of the two forms of esophageal cancer, called esophageal adenocarcinoma. Huffington Post (10/14)

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Colonoscopy Screenings Every 10 Years Could Prevent 40% Of Colorectal Cancers

A study published in the Sept. 19 New England Journal of Medicine provides some of the clearest evidence to date that colonoscopy has advantages over sigmoidoscopy for the prevention of colorectal cancer. Huffington Post (9/18)

Note: ACG, AGA and ASGE issued a press release on this study as well. Read it here.

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