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From American College of GastroenterologySeptember 7, 2012

Top Story

  • Research sheds light on risks in chronic HCV cases
    In addition to facing mortality risk from liver-related conditions, chronic hepatitis C patients also have a higher mortality risk from circulatory and kidney conditions and non-hepatic cancers, according to a study from Taiwan, underscoring the importance of treatment. A second report, however, found that liver disease linked to chronic HCV was slow to develop and may allow patients to wait for development of better treatments. Aidsmap (9/5) Email this Story

Guide to Healthy Living

  • Gluten-free on the road? It's possible
    With millions of Americans dealing with gluten intolerance or celiac disease, Karen Broussard saw a need and started the website Eating gluten-free on the road can be challenging, Broussard says, but strategies she recommends including calling ahead to restaurants, reaching out to local support groups, carrying an informational card explaining your dietary needs and booking a room with a kitchen to allow for eating in. The Daily Meal (9/5) Email this Story
  • Fish oil supplements don't protect against childhood allergies
    Fish oil supplementation improved DHA and EPA levels in babies at age 6 months, but failed to prevent eczema, food allergy or asthma by age 1, University of Western Australia research showed. The study said data suggest benefits from fish oil supplements in preventing allergies may occur earlier in infant development. WebMD (9/4) Email this Story
  • Study: Less pressure from parents promotes healthy eating
    Parental pressure to eat certain foods can increase children's risk of obesity, according to a Stanford University study. Researchers assigned parents to either a "division of responsibility" approach or the "We Can" program, and found that the first method, which emphasized less parental pressure around eating and modeling good behaviors, can boost healthy eating practices in children. Medical News Today (9/5) Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • Odds of pyloric stenosis greater for bottle-fed babies
    Danish researchers looked at more than 70,000 babies and found that those who were bottle-fed were nearly five times more likely to develop pyloric stenosis than breast-fed babies. The study did not find a cause-and-effect relationship between bottle-feeding and pyloric stenosis, but did suggest that breast milk can protect babies from the condition. HealthDay News (9/3) Email this Story

Policy Watch

  • HHS allots about $50M for public health, disease prevention
    The HHS has announced almost $50 million in grants to support efforts to improve public health and prevent disease. The grants include $23 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration to help 37 Public Health Training Centers train workers in nutrition and other key public health concerns, and $25 million from the CDC to finance fellowship programs and expand training initiatives with a focus on e-learning. Government Health IT online (8/31) Email this Story
  • HCV lawsuit raises question of hospital's responsibility
    A Kansas woman who says she contracted hepatitis C from a former medical technician has filed a lawsuit against the Pittsburgh hospital where the tech once worked, claiming it failed to notify authorities that the man allegedly had been stealing and using drugs. Maxwell Mehlman of the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western University said the case is interesting because it questions what a health care facility's reasonable response should be in such a situation. The Boston Globe/The Associated Press (tiered subscription model) (9/4) Email this Story
  • Report: Lower prices, payment options increase drug compliance
    Poor medication adherence by patients costs about $290 billion annually in the U.S., but lower drug prices and new payment policies could alleviate that, a study found. Researchers said lower prices of common medications used to treat chronic conditions and initiatives such as accountable care organizations have decreased treatment costs and increased adherence. PharmaTimes (U.K.) (9/4) 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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