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From American College of GastroenterologySeptember 21, 2012

Top Story

  • Studies document benefits of linaclotide for IBS patients
    Two new studies published online in The American Journal of Gastroenterology report that a new therapy significantly reduces constipation and abdominal pain associated with some kinds of irritable bowel syndrome. "These are as good a set of results as we've seen on a drug for patients with constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome," said Dr. William Chey, co-editor-in-chief of the journal and lead author on one of the papers. The trials helped pave the way to FDA approval of the drug, Linzess, Chey said. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (9/18) Email this Story

Guide to Healthy Living

  • Obesity report shows fruits and veggies matter
    The annual ranking of states by obesity rates shows that obesity rates are lower in states where people eat more fruits and vegetables, including California, Vermont, New Hampshire and Oregon, and in Washington, D.C. But even in those areas, just 1 in 4 adults consumes five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (9/18) Email this Story
  • Study finds high-fructose diet adversely affects liver
    In obese patients with type 2 diabetes, a diet high in fructose may increase uric acid levels and reduce the molecule in the liver used to transfer energy between cells, a Duke University study found. Researchers said this can lead to a reduction in liver energy stores, which could damage the liver in people at risk for, or who have, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. HealthDay News (9/17) Email this Story
  • Elderly patients face high costs for care
    Seniors with gastrointestinal disease or cancer pay about $31,000 in health care costs not covered by Medicare in their last five years of life, according to researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The study said a quarter of seniors spend more than the total of their nonhousing assets on health care, creating financial burdens for families. HealthDay News (9/14) Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • Chromoendoscopy helps find flat polyps in IBD patients
    Physicians use a new colonoscopy technique called chromoendoscopy to find flat lesions in the inner intestinal lining. The abnormalities are common in patients with inflammatory bowel disease but difficult to see during a screening exam. Miami gastroenterologist Dr. David Weiss likens use of chromoendoscopy to watching high-resolution TV, and said he believes the clearer view is helping physicians find more polyps. The Miami Herald (free registration) (9/18) Email this Story
  • Arthritis drug cuts ulcer risk in study
    A study found that Horizon Pharma's arthritis drug Duexis, which combines famotidine and ibuprofen, reduces ulcer risk caused by ibuprofen alone. Researchers said half as many patients using Duexis had an ulcer after 24 weeks, compared with those taking ibuprofen alone. Medscape (free registration) (9/14) Email this Story
  • Extended benefits of weight-loss surgery are seen
    Severely obese participants who underwent gastric bypass surgery lost at least 20% of their initial weight and had kept the pounds off at six years post-surgery, while those who did not have the procedure did not lose weight, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed. Researchers also found that 62% of gastric bypass patients attained diabetes remission and 42% had normalized their blood pressure levels. Reuters (9/18) Email this Story

Policy Watch

  • Former GOP Senate leader pushes bipartisanship on health care
    Bill Frist, the former Republican Senate majority leader and a surgeon, is working with former Democratic Senate minority leader Tom Daschle to forge consensus on health care reform. Frist says the Affordable Care Act's individual insurance mandate and health insurance exchanges are conservative ideas that deserve the GOP's support. He also favors expanding hospice and palliative care programs. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (9/16) Email this Story
  • States seek compromise on ACA Medicaid expansion
    Indiana, New Mexico and Wisconsin are some of the states seeking to expand their Medicaid programs to include people earning up to 100% of the poverty level and direct people with incomes between 100% and 133% of the poverty level into insurance exchanges. The Affordable Care Act provides funding for states that expand Medicaid eligibility to 133% of the poverty level. The Wall Street Journal (9/18) Email this Story

The Last Word

News and information from the American College of Gastroenterology

  • Foodborne illnesses: Protect your gut
    At some point in our lives, we've all gotten sick from eating contaminated or undercooked food. You can reduce your risk of developing foodborne illnesses by following a few safety tips. Learn more about the common types of foodborne illnesses and what you can do to protect your gut. Email this Story


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