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From American College of GastroenterologyFebruary 13, 2013

Top Story

  • Which cancer screenings are worthwhile?
    The Consumers Union recommended just three of 11 cancer screenings, for colon, breast and cervical cancers, in the March edition of Consumer Reports. Researchers, who based recommendations on U.S. Preventive Services Task Force data and other evidence, and said most people do not need to be tested for bladder, lung, oral, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, skin or testicular cancers and that screening can lead to unnecessary additional testing or treatment. Medscape (free registration) (2/7) Email this Story

Guide to Healthy Living

  • Analysis: Stress at work not tied to increased cancer risk
    A meta-analysis of 12 studies involving 116,000 17- to 70-year-olds found that job stress was not significantly associated with higher odds of developing breast, colorectal, lung or prostate cancers. Finnish scientists said that research that has shown a link between work stress and cancer could have done so by chance or because of factors not involving work stress. HealthDay News (2/7) Email this Story
  • Study examines mortality rates linked to celiac disease
    Patients with persistant villous atrophy associated with celiac disease have about the same mortality rates as celiac patients who sustained mucosal healing, according to U.S. and Swedish researchers. Children who had persistent villous atrophy also did not have a higher mortality rate, the study showed. (2/6) Email this Story
  • Flu vaccine is especially important for IBD patients, physician says
    Patients with inflammatory bowel disease who are taking immune suppressants or biologics should get a flu vaccine because they are more susceptible to complications from influenza, according to Dr. Raymond Cross, director of the IBD Program at the University of Maryland. He says patients on immune-suppressing drugs should not get the nasal spray vaccine, however, because it contains a live virus that can lead to illness in patients whose immune systems are suppressed. McKnight's Long-Term Care News (2/11) Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • Weight loss may be better than drugs for GERD
    A population-based study showed that for some patients losing weight led to a greater reduction in gastroesophageal reflux symptoms than taking medication, researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology reported in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Overweight patients should be encouraged to lose weight to reduce symptoms and possibly their need for reflux medication, according to researcher Dr. Eivind Ness-Jensen. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (2/5) Email this Story
  • Study: DNA test plus colonoscopy may benefit IBD patients
    Stool DNA tests may be a good addition to colonoscopy surveillance for colorectal neoplasia in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, Mayo Clinic researchers said. Co-author Dr. John Kiesel said the goal is to better stratify the risk of IBD patients so that those at high risk of colorectal cancer might get more frequent colonoscopies while those at low risk may have exams less often. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (2/6) Email this Story

Clinical Trial Monitor

A selection of U.S. based clinical trials seeking participants

  • Safety and Efficacy of Multiple Daily Dosing of Oral LFF571 in Patients With Moderate Clostridium Difficile Infections
    California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah. Email this Story
  • A Study to Evaluate Chronic Hepatitis C Infection in Treatment Experienced Adults
    California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Washington, Puerto Rico. Email this Story
  • Submucosal Injection EMR vs. Underwater EMR for Colorectal Polyps (IvU)
    California. Email this Story
  • S1201: Combination Chemo for Patients W/Advanced or Metastatic Esophageal, Gastric, or Gastroesophageal Junction Cancer
    Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin. Email this Story
  • HBRN: Immune Regulation and Costimulation in Natural History of Chronic Hepatitis B
    California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Canada. Email this Story

The Last Word

News and information from the American College of Gastroenterology

  • How to handle belching, bloating and flatulence
    Ever wonder why you experience belching, bloating and flatulence from time to time? Although intestinal gas is unavoidable, you may be able to alleviate the symptoms by following some helpful tips. Email this Story


The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. ... The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them."
--George Bernard Shaw,
Irish playwright

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"The pancreas is about 6 inches long and sits across the back of the abdomen, behind the stomach. The head of the pancreas is on the right side of the abdomen and is connected to the duodenum (the first section of the small intestine) through a small tube called the pancreatic duct. The narrow end of the pancreas, called the tail, extends to the left side of the body." -- WebMD

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