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From American College of GastroenterologyFebruary 8, 2013

Top Story

  • Gluten sensitivity raises many questions for medical experts
    Medical experts agree that non-celiac gluten sensitivity is a condition, but they don't know a lot about it, such as long-term effects or even whether it's just one illness. Dr. Stefano Guandalini of the University of Chicago's Celiac Disease Center said some people who do not have celiac disease do get a health boost from adhering to a gluten-free diet, but he does not know how many people may be gluten sensitive and there is no blood test that can aid in the diagnosis. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Well blog (2/4) Email this Story

Guide to Healthy Living

  • All about digestion and metabolism
    Many people mistakenly believe their rate of digestion is linked to their rate of metabolism, when they really are separate bodily processes, says dietitian Tamara Duker Freuman. Digestion is measured by transit time and refers to how the body breaks down food and disposes of waste through the gastrointestinal tract, while metabolism, measured by calories expended, is the process by which cells use energy derived from that food. U.S. News & World Report/Eat+Run blog (2/5) Email this Story
  • Research links sugary beverages to teen weight gain
    Teens who stopped drinking beverages containing sugar gained 4 fewer pounds over a year than those who continued to have such beverages, and that number jumped to 14 fewer pounds for Hispanic adolescents, according to new research. A second study found teens who drank sports drinks and sodas gained weight. USA Today (2/3) Email this Story
  • Reasons for taking multivitamins vary among U.S. adults
    Data on close to 12,000 adults from the 2007-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show that 45% of Americans who took a multivitamin did so because they believed it would improve or maintain their health, while 23% did so because a doctor recommended it. Vitamin users reported better health but also more healthy lifestyles than non-users. WebMD/HealthDay News (2/4) Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • HCV drugs meet SVR goals in late-stage trials, company says
    Two late-stage trials testing nucleotide sofosbuvir in combination with other drugs to treat hepatitis C achieved their sustained virologic response goals in patients, according to drugmaker Gilead Sciences. The therapies were tested in patients with chronic but previously untreated HCV. Reuters (2/4) Email this Story
  • Gene study explores mechanisms behind peptic ulcers
    University of Liverpool researchers identified a variation in a gene cluster that may play a role in the risk of peptic ulcers among people who use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory treatments. Adults with peptic ulcer disease who were genotyped for the study were twice as likely to use NSAIDs as those without the condition. Statistical analysis found a link between a variation in a gene cluster that is important for metabolism of drugs and peptic ulcer disease. MedWire News (U.K.) (1/31) Email this Story

Policy Watch

  • CBO scales back ACA health coverage estimates
    The Congressional Budget Office now predicts 27 million people will gain health insurance by 2017, compared with earlier CBO estimates of up to 34 million people. Additionally, up to 8 million people will lose the employer-sponsored health insurance they now have, compared with a previous estimate of 3 million. Fewer people than initially thought will be covered through Medicaid as some governors refuse to expand eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, but some people who lose their insurance will obtain a new policy via public exchanges, the CBO said. Bloomberg (2/5) Email this Story
  • FDA seeks ways to reward quality
    The FDA is considering developing a quality scorecard for drug manufacturers in an effort to prevent quality problems that have contributed to recent drug shortages. Agency officials said the lack of a reward for quality may encourage manufacturers to keep costs down by cutting corners. blog (2/6) 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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