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Latest American Gastroenterological Association Stories

2013-06-12 16:26:23

AGA Urges FDA to Streamline Process to Get Treatment to Patients BETHESDA, Md., June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Generally, drug development in the U.S. is powered by pharmaceutical company laboratories. In an unusual turn of events, a promising new treatment for debilitating recurrent Clostridium difficile infection has developed outside the usual drug-development process, and the treatment isn't a chemical compound, but microbes that live in the human gut. Every year more...

2013-06-03 12:25:10

BETHESDA, Md., June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American College of Gastroenterology expressed disappointment that a front page article in the Sunday, June 2, 2013, issue of the New York Times, "The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill," unfairly casts outsized blame for high medical care costs on colonoscopy and, by extension, on gastroenterologists. In a Letter to the Editor of the New York Times, ACG President Ronald J. Vender, MD, FACG, said, "The College stands behind its guideline...

2013-05-21 08:29:00

ORLANDO, Fla., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Research presented today at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) explores new discoveries in liver disease research, with findings about the impact of coffee on autoimmune disease. While coffee consumption recently has been associated with reduced risk of fibrosis, a new study found that even a few more cups of java each month also correlate with lower risk for a particular autoimmune liver disease. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic,...

2013-05-14 08:32:32

BETHESDA, Md., May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the American Gastroenterological Association announced that Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. will provide a $1.5 million unrestricted grant to the AGA Research Foundation endowment. This grant to the AGA Research Foundation endowment funds research and discoveries in gastroenterology, and supports young investigators across the United States. The AGA Research Foundation provides research grants to investigators in...

2013-05-13 23:28:47

Gastroenterologist, Roger S. Klein, M.D., FACP, has joined Summit Medical Group, New Jersey's largest private multispecialty medical practice. Berkeley Heights, NJ (PRWEB) May 13, 2013 Roger S. Klein, M.D., FACP, has joined Summit Medical Group´s gastroenterology department. Dr. Klein has expertise in inflammatory bowel disease, diseases of the liver, colon cancer screening, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and gastrointestinal bleeding. He practices with his colleagues, Drs. Barrison,...

2013-04-23 16:24:50

Shire gift supports researchers seeking to improve care for patients with gastrointestinal diseases BETHESDA, Md., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Foundation is pleased to welcome Shire Pharmaceuticals as a supporter of the foundation's endowment. The AGA Research Foundation provides research grants to young investigators in gastroenterology and hepatology. The foundation's grants transform young researchers'...

2013-03-14 08:28:33

BETHESDA, Md., March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a healthy adult, microbial cells are estimated to outnumber human cells 10 to one. Many microbes maintain our health, while others cause illness. Recent investigations of the human gut microbiome have discovered important ways in which gut microbes may influence a number of important disease states including obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, functional gastrointestinal disorders, cancers and liver disease. Recognizing the major...

2012-09-24 21:38:17

People with AIDS are at increased risk for developing esophageal and stomach carcinoma as well as non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHLs), according to a new study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. "People diagnosed with AIDS are living longer due to improved therapies. However, they remain at increased risk of developing a number of different cancers," said E. Christina Persson, PhD, of the National Cancer Institute and lead author of this...

2012-08-07 07:41:59

Adalimumab (an anti-tumor necrosis factor [TNF] antibody) is effective in maintaining remission in certain pediatric patients with Crohn's disease, according to a new study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. Steroids are commonly used in Crohn's disease, but can stunt growth and delay puberty. Incidence of this disease, which causes intestinal inflammation, is on the rise in children. This study is the largest double-blind study of...

2012-07-26 00:54:06

Follow-up exams for patients with celiac disease are often inadequate and highly variable, according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). "In the group of celiac disease patients that we observed, we found that very few of them had medical follow-up that would be in keeping with even the most lax interpretation of current guidelines," said Joseph A. Murray, MD, AGAF, of Mayo...