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From American College of GastroenterologyOctober 3, 2012

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Guide to Healthy Living

  • Probiotics may not protect children from allergies, study finds
    Infants at risk for allergies who took a daily probiotic supplement for six months did not face a reduced chance of having allergies at age 5, according to a study from the University of Western Australia. Children's Hospital Los Angeles pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Sonia Michail commented that only certain probiotics may help certain children and even then only modestly. Reuters (9/28) Email this Story
  • Dieters can be misled by food-label claims, study says
    Consumers who are watching their weight are more likely to be misled by food labels that make health claims, including those on products that say they are free of gluten, trans fats or high-fructose corn syrup, according to a study from the University of South Carolina. Mark Haub, associate professor of nutrition at Kansas State University, said gluten-free products can have as many calories as regular foods. (9/29) Email this Story
  • Nutrition experts look for simple ways to encourage healthy eating: Nutrition experts at the Obesity Society's annual meeting discussed ideas for simple food labels and creative plate designs that could help people make healthier choices and reduce portion sizes. Jacob Seidell of the University of Amsterdam said simple front-of-package labeling in the Netherlands has encouraged food manufacturers to reformulate products to reduce fats and sugars and increase fiber. (9/25) Email this Story
  • Care improves when patients track, share health data
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Project HealthDesign showed that when patients used technology such as smartphone applications to track observations of their daily lives and then shared the information with physicians it led to improvements in care. For example, one program in California found that data collected by Crohn's disease patients helped physicians identify disease triggers and reduce symptoms. InformationWeek (9/26) Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • Better follow-up testing after hep B vaccination needed in babies
    Data from the Enhanced Perinatal Hepatitis B Case Management Projects showed that only 64% of babies born to mothers infected with hepatitis B received recommended post-vaccination blood testing. Of those, 93% were protected from infection while 1% got infected and 3% were susceptible to infection, CDC researchers wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. HealthDay News (9/27) Email this Story
  • Colorectal gene database is new resource for researchers
    The CRCgene database, a collection of genetic studies on colorectal cancer, serves as a resource for data mining, according to a University of Ottawa report. The resource "puts into context the sample sizes required for the identification of true associations," according to researchers. HealthDay News (9/26) Email this Story

Clinical Trial Monitor

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

  • Study of the Safety and Efficacy of Zoenasa┬« Versus Mesalamine Enema in Subjects With Left-Sided Ulcerative Colitis
    Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Wisconsin. Email this Story
  • Open-Label Study of GS-7977+ Ribavirin for 12 Weeks in Subjects With Chronic HCV Infection
    Alabama, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Canada, New Zealand, Puerto Rico. Email this Story
  • Multi-Target Colorectal Cancer Screening Test for the Detection of Colorectal Advanced Adenomatous Polyps and Cancer (DeeP-C)
    Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Canada. Email this Story
  • Safety and Efficacy of Multiple Daily Dosing of Oral LFF571 in Patients With Moderate Clostridium Difficile Infections
    California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah. 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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--Pablo Picasso,
Spanish artist

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The pancreas is a gland about 6 inches long that is shaped like a thin pear lying on its side. The wider end of the pancreas is called the head, the middle section is called the body, and the narrow end is called the tail. The pancreas lies behind the stomach and in front of the spine. -- National Cancer Institute via PubMed Health

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