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2011-11-30 14:19:50

Across U.S. outpatient clinics between 1997 and 2008, opioid prescriptions for chronic abdominal pain more than doubled, according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. Chronic abdominal pain is a common symptom and a frequent reason for health-care visits. Because it is often incurable, clinicians often find it challenging to help their patients manage their abdominal pain over time. "Opioid use...

2011-11-21 12:26:30

A patient's viewpoint of the severity of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms can be influenced not only by physical symptoms of IBS but broader psychological problems, according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. "Clinicians who face pressure to treat patients in a cost-effective manner within tight time constraints and at a satisfactory level are likely to find that patient-reported outcome...

2011-11-21 11:42:12

Certain patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may have an increased risk of skin cancer, which is intensified by the use of immunosuppressant medications, according to two new studies in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. Immunosuppressants are commonly used in the treatment of IBD. In the first study, researchers found that both past and present exposure to thiopurines (a widely used class of immunosuppressants) significantly...

2011-10-27 16:08:00

BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has launched the Center for GI Innovation and Technology to help shape the gastroenterology practice of the future by fostering the development and adoption of medical technologies for gastroenterology patients. "In deciding to create the Center for GI Innovation and Technology, AGA leaders looked at the health-care environment and saw important trends that point to a need for...

2011-09-19 22:00:43

Neuroticism – the tendency to experience negative emotions –significantly affects brain processing during pain, as well as during the anticipation of pain, according to a new study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. Neuroticism tends to be higher in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and is a risk factor for chronic, unexplained pain in IBS. "Patients who have high expectations of pain may have a harder time...

2011-09-12 14:48:55

The risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding needs to be considered when determining the potential preventive benefits associated with low-dose aspirin for cardiovascular disease and cancer. According to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the use of low-dose aspirin increases the risk for GI bleeding, with the risk being increased further with accompanying use of cardiovascular disease-preventing therapies, such as clopidogrel and anticoagulants. In patients who took...

2011-08-11 21:25:55

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a safe and effective option for the treatment of dysplastic Barrett's esophagus that attains lasting response, according to a new study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. Progression of disease, which can precede cancer, was rare in patients who underwent RFA treatment, and there was no procedure- or cancer-related mortality. "This study reports the longest duration of follow-up of patients undergoing...

2011-07-05 23:31:53

Intake of high levels of folate may reduce colorectal cancer risk, according to a new study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. Folate is a water-soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food. "We found that all forms and sources of folate were associated with lower risk of colorectal cancer," said Victoria Stevens, PhD, of the American Cancer Society and lead author of this study. "The strongest association was with...

2011-06-14 21:15:19

Non-invasive tests for liver fibrosis, such as liver stiffness measurement or the FibroTest, can predict survival of patients with chronic hepatitis C, according to a new study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. "Liver stiffness measurement and/or the FibroTest could replace liver biopsy for the evaluation of hepatitis C, regardless of the stage of the disease," said Victor de L©dinghen, MD, PhD, of the Centre d'...

2011-05-06 14:26:34

Advances highlight progress being made in the treatment and research of GI disorders Clinicians, researchers and scientists from around the world will gather for Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2011, the largest and most prestigious gastroenterology meeting, from May 7-10, 2011, at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. DDW, which is jointly sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute, the American...