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From American College of GastroenterologySeptember 5, 2012

Top Story

  • Western diet reduces diversity of gut microflora, study says
    People who eat a Western-style diet high in artificial sweeteners, fructose and sugar alcohols could be at higher risk of obesity and metabolic disorders, Swiss researchers said. A review of previous research showed that this type of diet leads to a loss of diversity in gut microflora, setting in motion a series of processes that contribute to metabolic disorders and obesity. News (8/31) Email this Story

Guide to Healthy Living

  • People have choices when removing dairy from a diet, experts say
    People who remove dairy from their diet have many whole-food options for getting the protein and nutrients they need, along with products such as soy-based milks and cheeses, rice-based ice cream and coconut yogurt. Registered dietitian Rebecca Dority of Texas Christian University says that while dairy alternatives may come close to tasting like the real thing, it is important to compare product labels to ensure they provide adequate nutrition. Today's Dietitian (8/2012) Email this Story
  • Microgreens pack more nutrition than mature vegetables
    Growers have begun to peddle microgreens -- plants that are 14 days old or younger -- touting their massive nutrient content and the vibrant colors they add to dishes. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture discovered that the leaves of microgreens packed four to six times more nutrients than the leaves of mature adult leaves, making them the latest vegetable craze. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (8/30) Email this Story
  • Study looks at benefits of organic produce, meats
    U.S. researchers reviewed more than 200 studies and found organic produce and meat generally do not contain more vitamins and nutrients than regular foods but they do reduce the risk of exposure to pesticides and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The report said many of the studies included in the analysis did not list standards used to determine an organic food. Reuters (9/4) Email this Story
  • Celiac disease diagnosis sends baker in a new direction
    Not long after baker and food magazine editor Nancy Brown began a gluten-free diet to treat her celiac disease, she took on the challenge of finding ways to make gluten-free cookies and pastries light and fluffy without using wheat-based flour. She worked with flours made from ground rice and sorghum, researched how to improve texture and developed four types of gluten-free flours she uses in her bakery goods, which she sells at her new company Peoria Journal Star (Ill.) (9/1) Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

Clinical Trial Monitor

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

  • A Study to Evaluate the Safety and Tolerability of MEDI-565 in Adults With Gastrointestinal Adenocarcinomas
    District of Columbia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania. Email this Story
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome With Diarrhea (IBS-D) Rifaximin Re-Treatment Study (TARGET 3)
    Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virgina, Washington, Wisconsin. Email this Story
  • Rifaximin and Placebo in the Treatment of Bowel Dysfunction After Anterior Resection for Rectal Cancer
    New Jersey, New York. Email this Story
  • A Safety Study of 3 Different Bowel Cleansing Preparations
    Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia. Email this Story
  • Diagnosis of Intestinal Motility by Image Analysis Using Capsule Endoscopy
    Arizona, Minnesota, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sweden. Email this Story

The Last Word

News and information from the American College of Gastroenterology

  • Don't let IBS ruin your day: Take control of your symptoms
    Tired of the abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation associated with IBS? IBS is a common digestive disorder affecting millions of Americans every day. Learn the facts about IBS and find out which treatment options are right for you. Email this Story

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