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From Stanley K. Fergus and the American College of GastroenterologyApril 6, 2012

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Guide to Healthy Living

  • Grill brush wires found lodged in GI tracts
    Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital reported that several people ended up with sharp wire bristles from grill-cleaning brushes in their gastrointestinal tract after eating grilled meat. Dr. David Grand said the bristles led to serious medical problems for some patients but added that a gastroenterologist may be able to use a small scope to detect and remove such wires. In cases of a perforated intestine, however, surgery may be needed. HealthDay News (4/3) Email this Story
  • Most Americans are getting enough vitamins, CDC says
    The U.S. population overall has good levels of vitamins A and D and folate in their diets, but deficiency rates for vitamins and nutrients differ by age, gender and race/ethnicity, a CDC report found. Researchers noted that young women had the lowest levels of iodine, and non-Hispanic blacks had the highest rates of vitamin D deficiency. WebMD (4/2), (4/2) Email this Story
  • Don’t suffer in silence: Take the IBS Test
    In the U.S., it is estimated that 10% to 15% of adults suffer from irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, yet only 5% to 7% have been diagnosed with IBS, the most common condition diagnosed by gastroenterologists and one of the most common disorders seen by primary care physicians. Abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation characterize a major portion of IBS sufferers. Think you have this condition? Take the IBS test. Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • Experts: Stool test not likely to change need for colonoscopy
    A noninvasive diagnostic test that looks for multiple molecular markers in stool could help diagnose early colorectal cancer and reduce the number of false-positive findings, according to Mayo Clinic researchers. However, experts who commented on the study said it likely would not change the need for colonoscopy, which gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence Cohen at Mount Sinai School of Medicine called "the undisputed winner" for colon cancer screening. HealthDay News (4/3) Email this Story

Policy Watch

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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