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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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FDA panel: CT colonography a viable colorectal cancer screening option

The FDA’s Gastroenterology-Urology Devices Panel and Radiological Devices Panel found computed tomography colonography to be a viable tool for the diagnosis of colorectal cancer among asymptomatic patients aged older than 50 years in a joint meeting today.

ACG maintains that colonoscopy is still the gold standard in colorectal cancer screening and prevention. Please read the ACG-ASGE comment letter here. Healio (9/9)

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ACG releases guidelines for managing acute pancreatitis

The American College of Gastroenterology has issued practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of acute pancreatitis that appear in the September issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Healio (9/6)

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Barrett’s esophagus risk linked to heavy consumption of meat, fats

Patients who consumed the largest amounts of meat and saturated fats were at the greatest risk for developing Barrett’s esophagus in a recent case-control study. Healio (9/3)

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Extreme Heat May Aggravate Gastrointestinal Problems

Published online August 13th in the American Journal of Gastroenterology: Swiss researchers report an increase risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) relapse in patients during heat wave periods. Huffington Post (8/13)

 

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Whites Are Heavier Users of Weight-Loss Surgery, Study Finds

Obese white Americans are twice as likely as obese blacks to have weight-loss surgery, even though more black adults qualify for the procedures, a new study, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, says. HealthDay (8/5)

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FDA Sets Standard for ‘Gluten-Free’ Label

After more than a six-year delay, the Food and Drug Administration has set a new standard for labels that will make shopping easier for consumers on gluten-restricted diets. Until now, the term “gluten free” had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means. ABC News (8/2)

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Scientists Seek to Rein In Diagnoses of Cancer

A group of experts advising the nation’s premier cancer research institution has recommended changing the definition of cancer and eliminating the word from some common diagnoses as part of sweeping changes in the nation’s approach to cancer detection and treatment. New York Times Health (7/29)

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