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From American College of GastroenterologyMarch 13, 2013

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

  • Coach tells family CRC story to encourage screening
    University of Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery lost both parents to colorectal cancer because they were not screened early enough. "It was like, if you don’t go to the doctor, you don’t get any bad news," he says of his mother's avoidance of checkups. McCaffery is telling his family's story in hopes that other people will benefit from their experience. The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Marion, Iowa) (3/10) Email this Story
  • Screening for African-Americans should begin earlier
    Compared with other ethnic groups, African-Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer at a younger age, and those with colorectal cancer have decreased survival. Colonoscopy is the preferred method of screening for colorectal cancer, and data support the recommendation that African-Americans should begin screening at a younger age because of the higher incidence of colorectal cancer and a greater prevalence of proximal or right-sided polyps and cancer in this population. Learn more. Email this Story

Top Story

  • Pediatric C. difficile cases may be increasing, study says
    Mayo Clinic researchers found Clostridium difficile infection rates in children may be increasing, even among those considered to be low-risk. However, one expert said while earlier research focused on inpatient cases of C. diff, this study found most cases occurred in outpatient settings, so the increase may be due to a change in methodology. Medscape (free registration) (3/7) Email this Story

Guide to Healthy Living

  • Study links intentional exposure to allergic reactions
    A Johns Hopkins University study found that about 11% of allergic reactions in children with food allergies involved intentional exposures by caregivers, usually parents. The study showed that 46% of caregivers thought a small quantity would be safe, 42% said they wanted to test whether the condition had resolved and 38% indicated the children had consumed a baked form of the food before so they believed it to be safe. Study researcher Kim Mudd said caregivers "want to have their kids' and their lives as normalized as possible." Medscape (free registration) (3/8) Email this Story
  • Milk products have quality proteins, nutrition experts say
    Dairy products such as milk and yogurt provide high-quality proteins that help with heart health, weight and glucose control, and digestion, nutrition experts said. Registered dietitian Nancy Rodriguez said the best way to get these proteins is through food rather than supplements, and it is important that intake be spread throughout the day by including protein in each meal. Today's Dietitian (3/2013) Email this Story
  • Doctor: Fecal transplants are part of cutting-edge trend
    The use of fecal transplant to cure recurrent Clostridium difficile infection may be paving the way for a super-probiotic to treat it, according to Dr. Leonard Smith, co-author of "The Road to Perfect Health." Smith says the condition is challenging because the typical treatment of antibiotics induces bacterial imbalance in the gut, but fecal transplants are believed to address the infection by restoring balance, and other health conditions are treated with such transplants, too. Smith notes that leading researcher Dr. Lawrence Brandt, writing in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, argues a paradigm shift is taking place in the understanding of health and disease treatment "and in its center is our microbiota." The Huffington Post/The Blog (3/7) Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • Adverse events after colonoscopy are rare, study finds
    Late onset and non-gastrointestinal adverse events are rare for colonoscopy patients, German researchers report. "The results of this study, along with the existing evidence of the potential risks associated with a colonoscopy, may be particularly useful for gastroenterologists to inform patients about potential risks of a colonoscopy in routine practice," the study team wrote. MedWire News (U.K.) (3/7) Email this Story
  • ACG updates guidelines for GERD treatment
    The ACG has issued updated treatment guidelines for gastroesophageal reflux disease, and the document has been published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. The authors recommended against advising patients to avoid specific foods or drinks to prevent GERD, saying data do not show the strategy works, and they warned that use of proton pump inhibitors raises the risk of Clostridium difficile infection and pneumonia in short-term users. Healio (3/8) Email this Story
  • Faldaprevir works as part of HCV/HIV combo, study shows
    Data from the STARTVerso 4 trial show 80% of patients with HIV and hepatitis C had undetectable HCV levels after taking faldaprevir, along with pegylated interferon and ribavirin, for eight weeks, according to Dr. Douglas Dieterich of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Faldaprevir may be a replacement for earlier protease inhibitors, and other studies are assessing it with and without interferon. MedPage Today (free registration) (3/5) Email this Story
  • Other News

Clinical Trial Monitor

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

  • A Multicenter National Prospective Study of Pregnancy and Neonatal Outcomes in Women With Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    California. Email this Story
  • Augmentation of Screening Colonoscopy With Fecal Immunochemical Testing (ASC-FIT)
    North Carolina. Email this Story
  • Staged Phase I/II Hepatitis C Prophylactic Vaccine
    California, Maryland. Email this Story
  • Entecavir/Pegylated Interferon in Immune Tolerant Children With Chronic Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Infection
    California, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Texas, Washington, Canada. Email this Story
  • BLI800-480: A Safety and Efficacy Evaluation of 2 Different Bowel Cleansing Preparations in Adult Subjects
    Alabama, California, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia. Email this Story

The Last Word

News and information from the American College of Gastroenterology

  • How to handle belching, bloating and flatulence
    Ever wonder why you experience belching, bloating and flatulence from time to time? 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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"Some common abnormal findings of colonoscopy include hemorrhoids (the most common cause of blood in the stool), polyps, tumors, one or more sores (ulcers), pouches in the wall of the colon (diverticulosis), or inflammation. A red, swollen lining of the colon (colitis) may be caused by infection or inflammatory bowel disease." -- WebMD

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