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)
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)
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)
“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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)