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2010-06-24 12:13:00

BETHESDA, Md., June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition (FDHN) is pleased to announce that the General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition has become the first AGA Foundation Digestive Health Partner. This program recognizes companies that support digestive health research through the AGA Foundation. "We are pleased that the General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition has become...

2010-06-22 01:53:31

Surveillance colonoscopy is effective and cost-effective when targeted to high-risk patients, according to a new study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. However, overuse of surveillance colonoscopy could be excessively costly or even harmful. "Surveillance colonoscopy is a widely accepted and utilized practice that has the potential to decrease the burden of colorectal cancer. Yet, this practice also carries considerable...

2010-06-21 11:23:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Surveillance colonoscopy is effective and cost-effective when targeted to high-risk patients, according to new research from a University of Michigan physician. However, overuse of surveillance colonoscopy could be excessively costly or even harmful. "Surveillance colonoscopy is a widely accepted and utilized practice that has the potential to decrease the burden of colorectal cancer. Yet, this practice also carries considerable monetary...

2010-05-03 07:00:00

NEW ORLEANS, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)Institute today announced an innovative initiative called "HAE: Learn About It, Talk About It," at Digestive Diseases Week® 2010. The peer-driven campaign is designed to foster communication between physicians on the front lines of the diagnosis and treatment of hereditary angioedema (HAE), a rare and potentially fatal...

2010-04-28 08:00:00

BETHESDA, Md. and BOWIE, Md., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and MedAssurant, Inc., announce the launch of the largest patient registry in the GI field, the AGA Digestive Health Outcomes Registry(TM). The AGA Registry captures data and tracks outcomes related to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colorectal cancer (CRC) prevention. Unique in the history of registry launches, the registry starts with a foundation of clinical data from more...

2010-04-27 14:05:34

A significant proportion of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients treated with cognitive behavior therapy have a positive response within four weeks of treatment, according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. "Patients who quickly achieve treatment gains "” for example, IBS symptom relief "” may be spared the cost and inconvenience of follow-up care of little therapeutic...

2010-03-31 13:10:00

In gastric cancer patients who have had part or all of their stomach removed, the hormone ghrelin may lessen post-operative weight loss and improve appetite, according to a new study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. "It is our obligation to invent novel procedures to minimize the side effects of gastrectomy. Our study provides convincing data for the beneficial effects of ghrelin "” the only gastrointestinal...

2010-03-03 13:50:30

Propofol is safe for advanced endoscopic procedures with a low rate of sedation-related adverse events when administered by a trained professional, according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. "This is the first paper to report the frequency of airway modifications (AMs) associated with propofol use in endoscopy. We believe that the need to perform AMs highlights the importance of a...

2010-02-25 12:39:00

U-M study indicates investigation needed to find accurate ways to complement ultrasounds ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Widely used biomarkers are not optimal in early detection of liver cancer, the third most common cause of cancer-related death worldwide, according to a new study published in this month's Gastroenterology. Two biomarkers used to complement ultrasound in the early detection of hepatocellular carcinoma, or liver cancer, are not ideal, according to...

2010-02-25 12:37:41

While biomarkers are needed to complement ultrasound in the early detection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC; liver cancer), neither des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin (DCP) nor the most widely used biomarker, alpha fetoprotein (AFP), is optimal, according to a new study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. "Most surprising was the finding that patient demographics influenced both des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin and alpha...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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