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From American College of GastroenterologySeptember 19, 2012

Top Story

  • Data link people who handle food to half of norovirus outbreaks
    Common food sources of norovirus include leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts and mollusks, according to the CDC, but infected people who prepare or otherwise handle food are involved in 50% or more of outbreaks. State reporting of norovirus outbreaks varies but data show that of cases involving commercially prepared food, handlers were the source in 53% of outbreaks and the potential source in as much as 82%. Medscape (free registration) (9/12) Email this Story

Guide to Healthy Living

  • Acid reflux explained
    An estimated one-quarter of the U.S. population has gastroesophageal reflux disease, and the prevalence appears to be on the rise. The condition occurs when the muscle that links the esophagus to the stomach fails to properly block acid from washing back into the esophagus. Lifestyle modifications may offer some relief, and new screening devices can pinpoint the problem and identify the need for possible surgical treatment. The Miami Herald (free registration) (9/14) Email this Story
  • How to help fermented foods, fiber boost healthy gut bacteria
    Fermented foods and probiotics can increase healthy gut bacteria, and dietary fiber helps sustain them, scientists say. Registered dietitian Jeannie Gazzaniga-Moloo says it's important to read labels because some fermented foods, such as sourdough bread or smoked and cooked meats, may not contain active live cultures, which can help boost the quantity of healthy bacteria in the gut. The Detroit News (9/13) Email this Story
  • Timing of food consumption affects metabolism, study shows
    Mice that were fed a high-fat diet on an eating schedule weighed less than did those on unscheduled low-fat or high-fat diets with the same calorie count, according to a study from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Researchers found that a scheduled diet resulted in a metabolism where fats were used for energy when food was not available. Medical News Today (9/12) Email this Story
  • Rural adults are more obese than urban counterparts
    Data from the 2005-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey revealed nearly 40% of adults in rural areas were obese, compared with 33% of those living in urban communities. Researchers also found that rural adults were more likely to be obese if they were married or black, while urban adults had a higher obesity risk if they were older, black, had lower education, were sedentary or had a higher percentage of calorie intake from fats. The results appear in the Journal of Rural Health. HealthDay News (9/14) Email this Story
  • Chef says gluten-free fare might have an edge over wheat-based dishes
    People should realize that "gluten-free" sometimes can be as simple as "flour-free," says chef Scott Riesenberger of Hudson at Haymount House in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. Riesenberger, who was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2009, says he's found alternative flours can sometimes deliver food with an even better texture and flavor. "Gluten becomes filler -- flour itself doesn't really taste good, unless you bake it or add stuff. But almonds or rice, they taste good on their own," he says. The Daily Meal (9/13) Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • Horizon's combo drug Duexis 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. Duexis is being sold as a more convenient option than a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug with a separate gastroprotective agent. Medscape (free registration) (9/14) Email this Story
  • Weight-loss program helps combat childhood obesity
    A six-month weight management program improved the quality of life of obese children and led to 10% fewer obesity cases, Temple University researchers reported. They monitored the weight of 155 obese children who attended group and at-home sessions where they learned about healthy eating and lifestyles. USA TODAY (9/17) Email this Story

Clinical Trial Monitor

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

  • Probiotics (L. Gasseri, B. Bifidum, B. Longum) on Immune and Intestinal Health in Healthy Older Adults
    Florida. Email this Story
  • Gilead Sustained Virologic Response (SVR) Registry
    Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Canada, Puerto Rico. Email this Story
  • An Active Treatment Study to Induce Clinical Response and/or Remission With GSK1605786A in Subjects With Crohn's Disease (SHIELD-4)
    Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, Austria, Estonia, Greece, Hong Kong, South Korea, Russia, Slovakia, Spain. Email this Story
  • A Study To Investigate The Safety And Possible Clinical Benefit Of Multistem(r) In Patients With Moderate To Severe Ulcerative Colitis
    Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Belgium, Canada, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Sweden. Email this Story
  • Induction of Clinical Response Using Rifaximin in Crohn's Disease
    Washington. Email this Story

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The Last Word

News and information from the American College of Gastroenterology

  • Colon cancer: Have you been screened?
    If you are 50 or over or have a family history of colon cancer, you should be screened. African Americans should be screened beginning at age 45. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable -- and curable -- types of cancer when detected early. Since the risk of colon cancer increases with age, getting screened is essential. Learn more about colon cancer, who is at risk and when you should get tested. If you have a colonoscopy scheduled or would like to learn more about what to expect during the procedure, see the video, What to Expect During a ColonoscopyEmail this Story


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"Gastroparesis is a condition that reduces the ability of the stomach to empty its contents, but there is no blockage (obstruction). The cause of gastroparesis is unknown, but it may be caused by a disruption of nerve signals to the stomach. The condition is a common complication of diabetes and can be a complication of some surgeries." -- U.S. National Library of Medicine

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