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2010-08-05 16:18:43

Biological agents may play an important role in maintaining remission in Crohn's disease, according to two new studies in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. "Post-surgical recurrence of Crohn's disease occurs very frequently. Unfortunately, none of the traditional drugs used to treat the naturally occurring disease has really shown a clear-cut benefit in this situation," said Dario R. Sorrentino, MD,...

2010-07-22 15:22:18

Study findings and recent potential virus exposures reiterate importance of proper sterilization Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) can be transmitted during intravenous (IV) administration of anesthesia, according to a new study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. In this study, doctors found that anesthesia contamination "” not endoscopy contamination "” was the cause of infection. Efforts...

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...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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