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From American College of GastroenterologyApril 11, 2012

Top Story

  • 6 tips to ease symptoms of lactose intolerance
    Diagnosing lactose intolerance can be difficult because there is no definitive test and some people incorrectly self-diagnose, registered dietitian Robin Plotkin says. There is no cure for the condition, but Plotkin offers six tips to ease symptoms, including using reduced-lactose products, adding probiotics to the diet or trying colonic adaptation to see if regular ingestion increases tolerance levels. Today's Dietitian (4/2012) Email this Story

Guide to Healthy Living

  • Probiotic strain reduces diarrhea in children, study shows
    A study in the journal Pediatrics found young children with poor nutritional status who were given the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri had a 32% lower incidence of diarrhea, compared with those who did not get the supplement. Researchers from the University of Indonesia, Jakarta, said the probiotic strain Lactobacillus casei did not have a similar protective effect in children. Medscape (free registration) (4/9) Email this Story
  • Book offers expert data on GI and nutrition issues
    Experts contributing to the "Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease Nutrition Desk Reference" offer data on many GI issues, including malabsorption, probiotics, short bowel syndrome, food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. While it is intended for physicians and nutritionists, a review of the book said the data may be easy enough to understand for patients to use in making informed decisions. (4/8) Email this Story
  • Celiac blogger says NFCA webinars help her make good food choices
    Blogger Wendy Gregory Kaho says when she switched to a gluten-free diet to treat celiac disease and walked regularly she lost weight, but gained it back once she was comfortable with the diet and tried more products. She says she turned to webinars by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness to help her refine her diet and make better food choices. (4/6) Email this Story
  • Belching, Bloating and Flatulence: Get the Inside Scoop
    Gas, bloating and belching are signs of IBS as well as other health conditions. Dr. Richard G. Locke III shares his insights on these common GI conditions and offers tips for managing them, reducing their occurrence and talking to your doctor about these digestive woes even if you are embarrassed. Listen now. Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • Obese white women less likely to get colon cancer tests
    Obese white women are up to 27% less likely than their normal-weight or black peers to have colon cancer screenings, even though they are at higher risk of getting the disease and of dying from it, Johns Hopkins University researchers reported. The said obese women may be embarrassed about disrobing or may put off screening because they are dealing with other health issues. HealthDay News (4/4) Email this Story
  • Charges for colonoscopy can vary widely, report says
    Since health plans and self-insured employers have started paying for preventive health screenings without charging a patient deductible, procedure costs have varied widely, including colonoscopy charges that range from $786 to $1,819, according to a report from Change Healthcare, which tracks costs. As demand for procedures increases, charges may go up, so patients should compare costs and shop for the best prices to help keep their insurance premiums from rising. USA TODAY (4/5) Email this Story
  • Esophageal cancer patients have post-surgery problems
    Esophageal cancer survivors report heartburn, fatigue, insomnia, eating problems and breathlessness years after their surgery, according to a study from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Researchers said the symptoms were more severe among patients who had a serious complication associated with their surgery, and they recommended long-term monitoring. HealthDay News (4/6) Email this Story

Clinical Trial Monitor

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

  • A Study of Vaniprevir (MK-7009) in Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C Infection After Participation in Other Vaniprevir Studies (MK-7009-028 AM4)
    North Carolina, Texas, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Poland. Email this Story
  • Exercise and Metformin in Colorectal Cancer Survivors
    Massachusetts, North Carolina. Email this Story
  • Long-Term Study of Liver Disease in People With Hepatitis B and/or Hepatitis C With or Without HIV Infection
    District of Columbia, Maryland. Email this Story
  • ARQ 197 in Combination With Chemotherapy in Patients With Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
    California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, France, Germany, Italy, Russia. Email this Story
  • A Study To Assess The Efficacy And Safety Of PF-04236921 In Subjects With Crohn's Disease Who Failed Anti-TNF Therapy (ANDANTE)
    Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy. Email this Story

The Last Word

News and information from the American College of Gastroenterology

  • Gastroparesis: What you need to know
    Diabetes is one of the most common causes of gastroparesis, a digestive disorder in which the stomach takes a long time to empty its contents. While diet is important in easing symptoms of gastroparesis, certain medications can worsen the condition. Learn the facts about gastroparesis and what you can do to ease the pain and discomfort. Email this Story

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Stress does not cause IBS. But if you already have IBS, stress can make your symptoms worse. In addition, simply having IBS symptoms can produce feelings of distress. ... Meditation, exercise, hypnosis, and counseling may help lessen IBS symptoms. Getting enough sleep and changing life situations to make them less stressful may also help. You may need to try different activities to see what works best for you. -- National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

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