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From American College of GastroenterologyDecember 21, 2012

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  • Eat right this holiday season to avoid tummy trouble
    Foods that contain yeast, alcohol or sugar can lead to gas-generating ­fermentation in the gut; alcohol and rich foods can spark heartburn; and insufficient fruits and vegetables can lead to constipation, according to Dr. Nick Read. Meanwhile, eating undercooked meats or food that has been left at room temperature for too long can result in food poisoning. Read recommends staying well hydrated, eating plenty of fiber and staying active to avoid gastrointestinal distress. The Daily Mirror (U.K.) (12/18) Email this Story

Guide to Healthy Living

  • Health experts debunk detoxification
    While some exercises and diets promote their "detoxifying" capabilities, health experts are skeptical. No scientific data support the idea that fasting, yoga, meditation or sweating has any special ability to clear the body of toxins. "The human body is designed to get rid of what we don't need," said Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin, chief of women's sports medicine at Harvard Medical School. Reuters (12/17) Email this Story
  • Patients prefer asking Dr. Google about hemorrhoids
    Hemorrhoids topped Google's list of health-related search trends this year, meaning that there was a spike in the number of searches for the term. "Even though it is very common and affects anywhere from 14 to 20 million Americans, most people do not discuss it with their doctors," said Dr. Patrick Okolo of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Google also saw a spike in searches for information on gastroesophageal reflux disease, celiac disease and diarrhea. ABC News (12/19) Email this Story
  • At resolution time, overconfidence may sabotage weight-loss efforts
    People's brains tend to process positive information and ignore negative information, making us overly optimistic and potentially leading to failure in efforts to quit smoking or reach weight-loss goals, researchers say. Setting realistic goals, preparing an implementation plan, developing a contingency plan for setbacks and replacing the negative behavior with a positive one make success more likely, experts say. The Wall Street Journal (12/17) Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • Anti-integrin drug may help Crohn's disease patients
    Vedolizumab may be an effective induction and maintenance treatment for patients who have moderate to severe Crohn's disease, according to a study presented at the American College of Gastroenterology's annual meeting. The drug showed greater efficacy than placebo in maintaining clinical remission, clinical response and corticosteroid-free remission in the study of 1,116 Crohn's disease patients. Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News (12/2012) Email this Story
  • Risks, costs for elective colectomy vary by indication
    Elective colectomy for inflammatory bowel disease or diverticular disease appears to be more expensive and pose greater risk than the same procedure for colorectal cancer, according to an analysis of a national database. Cost of hospitalization was higher as were the risks of complications and mortality in IBD and diverticular disease patients, the researchers found, but the data available were limited and did not address the level of difficulty associated with procedures. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/18) Email this Story

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Editor's Note

  • SmartBrief will not publish Wednesday
    In observance of Christmas, Digestive Health SmartBrief will not publish Wednesday. Publication will resume Friday. Enjoy the holiday! Email this Story

The Last Word

News and information from the American College of Gastroenterology

  • Tips to ease belching, bloating and flatulence
    Many Americans may likely overindulge during the long holiday season. The types of food people eat coupled by the urge to overeat can lead to abdominal bloating and gas. Although intestinal gas is unavoidable, you may be able to alleviate the symptoms by following some helpful tips. Email this Story


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