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From American College of GastroenterologyFebruary 6, 2013

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  • Low-volume bowel prep effective, easy to use, study finds
    A low-volume bowel cleanser approved in July for use in the U.S. is as effective as standard colonoscopy preparations, according to researchers at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia. The report, published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, found study participants who used the preparation, which contains sodium picosulfate and magnesium citrate, reacted favorably to the taste and ease of consumption. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (1/29) Email this Story

Guide to Healthy Living

  • Folic acid supplementation doesn't boost cancer risk, analysis finds
    An examination of 13 trials involving nearly 50,000 individuals found no significant difference in the incidence of cancer between those who received folic acid supplements for five years and those who took placebos. Folic acid was not associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain types of cancer, either, including cancers of the colon, prostate, lung or breast. Reuters (1/27) Email this Story
  • Gastroenterologist pens "Crohn's & Colitis for Dummies"
    Gastroenterologist Dr. Tauseef Ali of the University of Oklahoma's OU Physicians Crohn's and Colitis Clinic, has authored "Crohn's & Colitis for Dummies," as part of the popular "For Dummies" series. Ali says the book, which will be sold beginning in June, fills an important information gap and serves as a guide for patients with inflammatory bowel disease, their friends and family. The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (1/31) Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • Study finds waist circumference, not BMI, predicts Barrett's
    Waist circumference, not BMI, is an independent risk factor for Barrett's esophagus, according to researchers who evaluated 1,102 Barrett's patients and 1,400 controls. Researchers said the data may shed light on why men, who tend to have more abdominal fat, are twice as likely to develop Barrett's as women. MedWire News (U.K.) (1/31) Email this Story
  • Study evaluates timeline for liver cancer surveillance
    A study conducted in Taiwan found liver cancer surveillance every four months resulted in the detection of more small tumors than annual screening. In addition, more patients who had screening every four months had curative treatment. However, there was no difference in cumulative survival between the groups at one, two or four years, according to the report in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (1/30) Email this Story
  • Interferon alone may not be best 2nd treatment
    Interferon monotherapy may not be the best treatment for patients with hepatitis C and chronic liver disease who relapse after initial therapy or do not respond to it at all, according to a study from the University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers said study data showed higher risk of all-cause mortality among patients, and they also found evidence of more pain and adverse effects among the group treated with interferon. The researchers said their findings also raise questions about common biomarkers including sustained viral response, because levels improved even when outcomes did not. Medscape (free registration) (1/30) Email this Story

Clinical Trial Monitor

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

  • A Phase 3 Study to Evaluate Efficacy and Safety of Masitinib in Comparison to Imatinib in Patients With Gastro-Intestinal Stromal Tumour in First Line Medical Treatment
    Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Wisconsin, France, Lebanon. Email this Story
  • Evaluation of a PillCam Colon Bowel Preparation Regimen in Crohn's Disease Patients (RD-207)
    Georgia, Ohio. Email this Story
  • Aflibercept and FOLFOX6 Treatment for Previously Untreated Stage IV Colorectal Cancer
    Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Canada. Email this Story
  • Impact of Weight Loss on Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in Overweight and Obese Subjects: a Prospective Study
    Kansas, Missouri. Email this Story

The Last Word

News and information from the American College of Gastroenterology

  • Constipation sufferers: Fiber to the rescue
    While everyone's had a bout of constipation at one point, eating a high-fiber diet can help alleviate the symptoms and promote normal bowel function. Learn more about fiber, its benefits and which foods you should eat to increase your fiber intake. Email this Story

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