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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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When doctors set their own pay

On Tuesday July 30, 2013, USA Today featured an article on Medicare setting reimbursement rates, which included colonoscopy, and mentioned the recent Washington Post article on the same topic. The College, along with AGA and ASGE, responded with a joint letter to the editor. USA Today (7/29)

Update: The College joined AGA and ASGE in responding with a letter to the editor of USA TODAY, an edited version of which appears today.

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How a secretive panel uses data that distort doctors’ pay

The Sunday July 21, 2013 Washington Post front page featured an article on Medicare setting reimbursement rates, including reimbursement for colonoscopy. The College, along with AGA and ASGE, has responded with a joint letter to the editor.

As follow up to this July 21st  article on the process by which Medicare sets reimbursement rates, including reimbursement for colonoscopy, the Washington Post editorial board on July 25th released an opinion on the topic. It includes inaccurate and misleading information about the field of gastroenterology. Washington Post (7/20)

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A.M.A. Recognizes Obesity as a Disease

The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, a move that could induce physicians to pay more attention to the condition and spur more insurers to pay for treatments. NYTimes.com (6/18)

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