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2011-04-26 08:48:00

BOWIE, Md., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MedAssurant, Inc., and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) today announced that Vertex Pharmaceuticals will utilize the AGA Digestive Health Outcomes Registry(TM) to perform unique data analysis projects. Powered by MedAssurant's advanced healthcare data analytics, the AGA Registry is the largest of its kind in the field of gastroenterology - focused initially on guidelines-driven management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and...

2011-04-06 11:03:00

NEW YORK, April 6, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- Empire BlueCross BlueShield today announced an initiative to inform and educate physicians and consumers about important findings from the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) related to a little known but common infection that is a precursor to serious stomach ailments. An estimated 30 to 40 percent of the United States population is infected with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a...

2011-04-04 20:03:45

New guidelines support use of Radiofrequency Ablation to remove precancerous cells New guidelines issued by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) support the use of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to remove precancerous cells in patients with Barrett's esophagus, a condition most commonly caused by chronic acid reflux, or GERD. Barrett's esophagus is the leading cause of esophageal cancer and affects an estimated two million Americans. While traditionally managed through watchful...

2011-03-29 13:22:29

The simple practice of letters and a telephone call to patients who are due for a colonoscopy significantly improves adherence to endoscopic follow-up recommendations, according to a new study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. This work provides justification for the creation of reminder systems to improve colorectal cancer screening rates. "Our automated, patient-dependent colonoscopy follow-up reminder system...

2011-03-23 07:00:00

BETHESDA, Md., March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- According to findings from the new nationwide DISCUSS (Defining and Identifying GapS in CommUnication between GERD and/or Heartburn Sufferers and PhysicianS) Survey, many people surveyed report that their gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and/or persistent heartburn symptoms significantly disrupt their lives. Additionally, more than half say that currently they "occasionally" (39 percent) or "never" (19 percent) discuss GERD and/or...

2011-03-17 06:00:00

BOWIE, Md., March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MedAssurant, Inc., today announced its support of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) in the successful submission of 2010 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) quality measure data through the AGA Digestive Health Outcomes Registry(TM). AGA member physicians are now using this powerful benchmarking and quality tool powered by MedAssurant to document and report pay-for-performance measures to the Centers for Medicare &...

2011-03-11 15:31:03

The relative rate of alcohol-related chronic pancreatitis (CP) is lower when compared to other causes, according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. Patients with no identifiable cause for their disease as well as those with non-alcohol-related causes represent an unexpectedly large subgroup, particularly among women. "One of the more remarkable observations is that in more than 50...

2011-03-09 23:01:00

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BARRX Medical, Inc., a leader in developing minimally invasive medical devices to remove precancerous tissue from the gastrointestinal tract, reported today that the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has issued the AGA Medical Position Statement on the Treatment of Barrett's Esophagus. The guideline recommends removal of precancerous cells in patients with confirmed high-grade Barrett's esophagus utilizing endoscopic eradication...

2011-03-01 13:34:16

New guidelines developed to address major clinical issues encountered in the treatment of Barrett's esophagus Endoscopic removal of pre-cancerous cells in patients with confirmed, high-risk Barrett's esophagus is recommended rather than surveillance, according to a new "Medical Position Statement on the Management of Barrett's Esophagus," published by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. The medical position statement was published in Gastroenterology, the official...

2011-01-19 18:45:48

Baked goods made from hydrolyzed wheat flour are not toxic to celiac disease patients, according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. Celiac disease occurs in the digestive system when people cannot tolerate a protein called gluten, which is found primarily in wheat. "This is the first time that a wheat flour-derived product is shown to not be toxic after being given to celiac patients...