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2013-07-08 16:26:33

35 Units Renewed Their Recognition DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has recognized 19 endoscopy units as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. ASGE renewed the recognition for 35 units previously honored. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that have demonstrated a...

2013-06-24 11:28:52

A new study reports that the use of a quarterly report card is associated with improved colonoscopy quality indicators. Endoscopists at the Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis, Ind., who participated in the study showed an overall adjusted adenoma (precancerous polyp) detection rate increase from 44.7 percent to 53.9 percent, and a cecal intubation rate increase from 95.6 percent to 98.1 percent. These two metrics are validated measures of colonoscopy performance...

2013-05-21 08:29:00

ORLANDO, Fla., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Research presented today at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) explores new discoveries in liver disease research, with findings about the impact of coffee on autoimmune disease. While coffee consumption recently has been associated with reduced risk of fibrosis, a new study found that even a few more cups of java each month also correlate with lower risk for a particular autoimmune liver disease. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic,...

2013-05-21 08:28:58

ORLANDO, Fla., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Research presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) explores new methods for managing digestive health through diet and lifestyle. Individuals suffering from Crohn's disease are often plagued by reduced muscle strength, fatigue and poor quality of life. These symptoms can remain even when patients are in remission. A randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study found for the first time that vitamin D supplementation...

2013-04-30 23:38:36

A new study reports that flexible endoscopic treatment of Zenker's diverticulum by using a diverticuloscope offers a treatment modality with a very low complication rate. Zenker's diverticulum is an abnormal pouch in the upper part of the esophagus that causes difficulty swallowing and is most commonly found in older patients. Clinical remission was achieved over a single session of treatment in the majority of the cases. This study also demonstrated the long-term efficacy of the technique....

2013-02-12 17:09:19

A new study from researchers at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania reports that endoluminal (endoscopic) therapies, combining resection and ablation techniques, for patients with Barrett's esophagus and high-grade dysplasia or early mucosal cancer have a high success rate, with durable results and a low risk of complications. The researchers noted that endoscopic surveillance after successful eradication is required. The study appears in the February issue of GIE: Gastrointestinal...

2012-12-19 12:25:18

OAK BROOK, Ill., Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new year is approaching and for those that are turning 50 in 2013, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) recommends adding colorectal cancer screening to their New Year's list of resolutions. Recent studies have confirmed that screening is a contributing factor to declining colorectal cancer death rates. Colorectal cancer, also referred to as colon cancer, is one of the most preventable cancers. The majority of...

2012-12-13 12:25:17

ASGE's New Institute for Training and Technology Opens in August 2013 OAK BROOK, Ill., Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The new year will see exciting changes and new course offerings from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). Among the most anticipated changes coming in 2013 is the opening of ASGE's new $20 million, 42,000 square foot, state-of-the-art training center and world headquarters. The new ASGE Institute for Training and Technology...

2012-12-04 12:25:26

OAK BROOK, Ill., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Foundation has received a donation of $500,000 from Salix Pharmaceuticals to ASGE's IT&T Capital Campaign, a fundraising project to construct a new facility that will provide cutting-edge technology and training capabilities to significantly optimize current educational opportunities. The donation will be made over five years. "We are grateful to Salix Pharmaceuticals for...

2012-11-28 16:25:34

41 Units Renewed Their Recognition OAK BROOK, Ill., Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has recognized eight endoscopy units as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. ASGE renewed the recognition for 41 units previously honored. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that have demonstrated a...