New Data Presented At Digestive Disease Conference May Change Prognosis For Many Patients

May 6, 2014

CHICAGO, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Research presented this week at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) provides insight into the development and new treatments of diseases, such as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, colorectal cancer and ulcers. Key studies presented include:

    --  Weight-loss surgery can reduce liver damage. Bariatric surgery, which is
        best known for its ability to help patients lose weight, can also result
        in improvement in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease by reducing fat
        deposits in the liver. (Abstract 233)
    --  Vibrating capsule shows promising results in treating constipation. An
        oral capsule that vibrates as it moves through the digestive tract has
        shown notable promise as a non-pharmacological treatment for
        constipation. (Abstract Sa2023)
    --  Lean patients with fatty liver disease have a higher mortality rate. In
        addition to higher mortality rates than overweight or obese patients,
        research finds that lean patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
        were more likely to be male, non-Caucasian and to have lower rates of
        chronic conditions. (Abstract 379)
    --  Treatment guidelines for bleeding ulcers may need revision. Research
        shows that the standard care plan after endoscopic treatment of bleeding
        ulcers should be replaced by an alternate method that may be less costly
        and more comfortable for patients. (Abstract 331)
    --  Dual method to remove precancerous colon polyps may substantially reduce
        health-care costs. A surgical method combining two techniques for
        removing precancerous polyps during colonoscopy can reduce recovery time
        and length of hospital stay, potentially saving millions of dollars.
        (Abstract 611)

For more information on these and other studies, visit www.ddw.org/press.

Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Jointly sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), DDW takes place May 3-6, 2014, at McCormick Place, Chicago. The meeting showcases more than 5,000 abstracts and hundreds of lectures on the latest advances in GI research, medicine and technology. More information can be found at www.ddw.org.

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SOURCE Digestive Disease Week

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