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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...

2010-02-23 14:41:45

AGA encourages patients to get screened during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Following a negative complete colonoscopy, those who had their colonoscopies at a hospital and had their procedures performed by a non-gastroenterologist may be at a significantly increased risk of developing subsequent colorectal cancer (CRC), according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. "The overall...

2010-02-19 08:46:55

Early tumor formation in Barrett's esophagus (BE) can be effectively and safely treated with radiofrequency ablation (RFA), in combination with prior endoscopic removal of visible lesions, according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. "Barrett's esophagus is the most important risk factor for the development of esophageal cancer, but there is no generally accepted management strategy...

2010-02-16 15:12:58

New guideline identifies major risk factors in the development of colorectal cancer in children and adults with inflammatory bowel disease Certain patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease of the colon, have an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer compared to individuals without IBD. A number of factors contribute to the increase in risk, which necessitates an individualized and sensible approach to surveillance in patients,...

2010-01-04 15:38:27

Peginterferon alpha-2a may yield higher response rate than peginterferon alpha-2b In patients with chronic hepatitis C, treatment with peginterferon alpha-2a (PegIFNÃŽ±2a) plus ribavirin (RBV) better suppresses the virus to undetectable levels in the blood than treatment with peginterferon alpha-2b (PegIFNÃŽ±2b) plus RBV, according to two new head-to-head studies in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association...

2009-11-04 13:20:46

Recommendations made that will lead to even better patient care Due to the increasing complexities of treating digestive diseases, allowing gastroenterological (GI) trainee physicians the opportunity to develop enhanced abilities and experiences in specific disease areas or procedures will be a great benefit to patients, according to a "Report of the Multisociety Task Force on GI Training." Additionally, GI training programs need to measure the achievements of trainees based on specific...

2009-10-21 07:00:00

BETHESDA, Md. and CHICAGO, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and Horizon Therapeutics, Inc. today announced the expansion of their partnership program, Connect to Protect (connecttoprotect.com) to include components that educate consumers about the gastrointestinal (GI) risks associated with chronic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use and ways to manage those risks. "Studies show that patients often under-report the use of...

2009-10-01 12:01:54

When used "off-label," the antidepressant amitriptyline works just as well as placebo in treating pain-predominant gastrointestinal disorders in children, according to a new study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. To view this article's video abstract, go to the AGA's YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/AmerGastroAssn. "Many pharmaceutical products are prescribed for off-label use in children due to the lack of clinical...

2009-09-01 10:34:43

There has been much debate about the relationship between gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and sleep. Three new studies in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology explore GERD's effect on sleep quality and the health-care system as well as how a widely prescribed sleeping pill may mask the disease. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology is the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute.GERD is a commonly occurring condition in the U.S., with more...


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