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From American College of GastroenterologySeptember 26, 2012

Top Story

  • Study: Most people would have fecal transplant if needed
    Most people would undergo a fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) if it would help end their suffering from recurrent C. difficile-associated diarrhea, especially if the procedure was recommended by their physician, according to a study led by Dr. Jonathan Zipursky. He said the study shows "pretty strongly" that patients are "definitely are willing to try this treatment." Dr. Lawrence Brandt of Montefiore Medical Center said many patients seek him out because they are desperate for FMT. The Windsor Star (Ontario)/The Canadian Press (9/22) Email this Story

Guide to Healthy Living

  • Quitting alcohol may lower esophageal cancer risk
    Chronic drinkers who stop may reduce their risk of developing esophageal cancer by 50% within four to five years, a review found. But they would have to stop consuming alcohol for as long as 16 years to erase the increased risk of esophageal cancer associated with drinking, researchers in Sweden found. HealthDay News (9/17) Email this Story
  • Only 3 diagnoses lead to prescription for gluten-free diet
    Although gluten-free living is getting a lot of attention, the diagnoses of celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and wheat allergies are the only reasons physicians regularly recommend patients adopt a gluten-free diet, experts say. Gastroenterologist Dr. Pamela Garjian at Baptist Hospital in Miami said following a gluten-free diet requires patients to carefully study food label ingredients and understand terminology that may indicate the presence of gluten. Nutrition experts remind patients that many foods are naturally gluten free and more affordable than packaged gluten-free copycat goods. The Miami Herald (free registration) (9/18) Email this Story
  • Studies: Sugary drinks play leading role in obesity epidemic
    Three studies showed that the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was linked to greater weight gain among Americans. Two of the studies found that drinking noncaloric drinks could lower children's weight. Another study found that people who drank sugary beverages were twice as likely to gain weight due to genetic factors than people who did not drink such beverages. (9/22), Reuters (9/21) Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • Antibiotic use linked to increased risk for IBD
    Antibiotic exposure before age 1 was tied to a five times greater risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease compared with children not given antibiotics, according to a U.K. study. Researchers said that the more exposed that patients were to these drugs during childhood and adolescence, the higher the odds of having IBD. WebMD (9/24) Email this Story
  • Colonoscopy code variations can mean patients must pay
    Patients may expect a colonoscopy will be free under provisions of the Affordable Care Act, but differences in coding can result in bills of $1,000 to $2,000 or higher, a report said. Patients may be billed for polyp detection and removal during a colonoscopy, screening after a positive fecal occult blood test, and when patients face increased colon cancer risk. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/20) Email this Story

Clinical Trial Monitor

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

  • Dose Response of 28 Days of Dosing of GSK962040 in Type I and II Diabetic Male and Female Subjects With Gastroparesis
    California, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Sweden, United Kingdom. Email this Story
  • Covered Metallic Stents for First-Line Treatment of Benign Bile Duct Strictures
    Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas, Canada. Email this Story
  • Comparison Study of Surgical Staplers for the Treatment of Hemorrhoids (HEMOSTASIS)
    Florida. Email this Story
  • Laparoscopic-Assisted Resection or Open Resection in Treating Patients With Stage IIA, Stage IIIA, or Stage IIIB Rectal Cancer
    Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, Canada. Email this Story
  • General Surgical Outcomes Quality Improvement Database (UH-SOCRATES)
    Ohio. Email this Story

The Last Word

News and information from the American College of Gastroenterology

  • Understanding your digestive tract
    How well do you know your gut? The American College of Gastroenterology has a glossary of terms to increase your knowledge and understanding of digestive diseases and health. Email this Story


Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking."
--William Butler Yeats,
Irish poet and playwright

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Clostridium difficile, often called C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. Illness from C. difficile most commonly affects older adults in hospitals or in long term care facilities and typically occurs after use of antibiotic medications. -- Mayo Clinic

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