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From American College of GastroenterologyOctober 24, 2012

Top Story

  • Study shows high cure rate with fecal transplants
    Researchers from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit reported at ID Week 2012 that 46 of 49 patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile infections who were treated with intestinal microbiota transplant recovered within four days and had no adverse effects. The data support other studies showing that fecal transplant is a viable option for patients whose C. difficile infections do not respond to drugs or surgery. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/19) Email this Story

Guide to Healthy Living

  • Marijuana can cause gastrointestinal symptoms, studies show
    Using either natural or synthetic marijuana can lead to cannabinoid hyperemesis, which causes severe nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting, two studies found. The studies, to be presented at the American College of Gastroenterology conference in Las Vegas, found that many patients and physicians are unaware of the link. HealthDay News (10/22) Email this Story
  • Owning up to hepatitis C risk is difficult for baby boomers
    Hepatitis C is one of the biggest health threats to aging baby boomers, but experts say their reluctance to talk about it may be their biggest barrier to testing and treatment. Hepatitis C patient Helen Clark, of the Minneapolis group LiverHope, says many boomers with a behavioral history that puts them at risk of hepatitis C are ashamed of it and worry it could affect their jobs. Testing all baby boomers for HCV could identify 800,000 carriers and prevent 120,000 deaths, the CDC says. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (10/20) Email this Story
  • Healthy lifestyle cuts death risk 37% in women with cancer
    Older female cancer patients who exercised regularly, whose weight was in a healthy range and who ate a balanced diet in accordance with the 2007 guidelines of the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research had a 37% lower risk of dying from any cause than those who didn't follow the guidelines. Among the three factors, regular exercise had the most significant benefit. The study was to be presented at a conference of the American Association for Cancer Research. HealthDay News (10/17) Email this Story
  • Gluten-free food purchases may qualify for a tax deduction
    Studies show gluten-free food is more expensive than gluten-containing food, but patients diagnosed with celiac disease might qualify for income tax deductions for the difference in price, writes Tina Turbin. Another way to save money is to avoid processed gluten-free foods and go for more home-cooked meals and homemade snacks. (10/17) Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • Better upper GI bleeding treatments improve outcomes
    Better treatments for upper gastrointestinal bleeding have led to lower mortality rates and shorter hospital stays, according to Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital research scheduled to be presented at the American College of Gastroenterology's annual meeting. However, data showed hospital costs for gastrointestinal bleeding increased from $3.3 billion in 1989 to more than $7.6 billion in 2009. HealthDay News (10/22) Email this Story
  • Hay fever, asthma may ward off colon cancer
    Individuals diagnosed with both hay fever and asthma had a 17% lower risk of dying from colon cancer than those without the conditions, according to a study presented at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. Hay fever and asthma may be signs of a strong immune response that can also ward off colon cancer cells, and the study could lead to a vaccine program, a gastroenterologist said. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (10/18) Email this Story
  • Hepatitis C point-of-care tests most accurate, analysis finds
    Hepatitis C point-of-care tests on whole blood, serum or plasma have higher sensitivity and specificity than rapid diagnostic tests and could help increase screening rates, according to a McGill University meta-analysis. Both tests are fast, but RDTs require special equipment while POCTs do not require electricity and are better at high temperatures, the researchers said. However, POCTs do not differentiate between acute and chronic infections, nor do they detect infection within 3 months of exposure, the researchers noted. Medscape (free registration) (10/15) Email this Story
  • Study: Ustekinumab helps some Crohn's disease patients
    Patients with moderate to severe Crohn's disease resistant to tumor necrosis factor antagonists who received ustekinumab therapy had better response and remission rates than patients who got a placebo, according to research from the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla. Whether the results can be replicated in other Crohn's disease patients is not known, researchers said. News (10/18) Email this Story

Clinical Trial Monitor

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

  • Cysteamine Bitartrate Delayed-Release for the Treatment of NAFLD in Children (CyNCh)
    California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Texas, Washington. Email this Story
  • Combination Therapy of Pegylated Interferon Alfa-2a and Tenofovir Versus Tenofovir Monotherapy in Chronic Hepatitis B (HBRN)
    California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Canada. Email this Story
  • Colonoscopy Versus Fecal Immunochemical Test in Reducing Mortality From Colorectal Cancer (CONFIRM)
    Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin. Email this Story
  • Prospective Study of Clostridium Difficile in Children Undergoing Colonoscopy
    New York. Email this Story

The Last Word

News and information from the American College of Gastroenterology

  • Foodborne illnesses: Protect your gut
    At some point in our lives, we've all gotten sick from eating contaminated or undercooked food. You can reduce your risk of developing foodborne illnesses by following a few safety tips. Learn more about the common types of foodborne illnesses and what you can do to protect your gut. Email this Story


Too often man handles life as he does the bad weather. He whiles away the time as he waits for it to stop."
--Alfred Polgar,
Austrian journalist

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Gastrectomy is surgery to remove part or all of the stomach. ... Gastrectomy is used to treat: bleeding, inflammation, non-cancerous (benign) tumors and polyps. -- MedLine Plus

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