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From American College of GastroenterologyOctober 12, 2012

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  • It takes detective work to find hidden gluten, dietitian says
    St. Louis University dietitian Rabia Rahman has to think like a detective as she helps patients with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity ferret out hidden sources of gluten. She says that not only must patients remove gluten from their diets, but they must be attuned to other sources: one person got sick after licking an envelope, and she has found that gluten can be used as a binder and coating for certain medications or in lipstick. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (10/9) Email this Story

Guide to Healthy Living

  • Some drugs remain effective well beyond expiration date
    Twelve of 14 compounds analyzed met government requirements for potency up to 40 years after the drugs' expiration dates, a study found. Requiring drugmakers to base expiration dates on long-term stability tests could save consumers money and help alleviate drug shortages, said University of California, San Francisco, researcher Lee Cantrell. However, the findings do not mean that all drugs are safe or effective past their expiration dates, Cantrell cautioned. Reuters (10/8) Email this Story
  • Food allergy labeling is inconsistent, researchers say
    Food manufacturers and restaurants differ in how they approach labeling for food allergies, which can be confusing for customers, experts told the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. They said manufacturers and restaurants can increase brand loyalty by providing informative labeling and making ingredient lists available to help patrons look for hidden allergy triggers. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (10/10) Email this Story
  • Tomatoes may protect men from stroke, study finds
    Eating tomatoes may reduce a man's risk of stroke, according to a study of more than 1,000 men ages 46 to 65 in Finland. Researchers found that participants with the most lycopene had a 55% lower risk of stroke than those with the least. The difference was larger for ischemic strokes. WebMD (10/8) Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • Diabetes raises HCC, malignancy risk in hep C patients
    Patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection and type 2 diabetes had a nearly twofold increased risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma and other malignancies including pancreatic and gastric cancers following interferon therapy, a study showed. However, maintaining mean A1C levels of less than 7.0% was associated with lower HCC risk, researchers reported. Healio (10/8) Email this Story

Policy Watch

  • 9 in 10 seniors satisfied with Medicare Part D, survey finds
    All but 10% of seniors say they are happy with the Medicare Part D drug benefit, according to a poll by the Healthcare Leadership Council's Medicare Today campaign. The poll found that 84% of recipients say they would have to pay more without the program, and 61% say they could not get all of their medications without it. USA TODAY (10/3) Email this Story
  • Feds bust 91 in Medicare fraud crackdown
    Authorities charged 91 people in seven cities with defrauding Medicare after a federal investigation uncovered practices such as doctors allegedly writing unnecessary prescriptions. Such instances of fraud "drive up health care costs and jeopardize the strength of the Medicare program," said Attorney General Eric Holder. Reuters (10/4) 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


No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anyone but oneself."
--Virginia Woolf,
British writer

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