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2010-04-29 07:57:43

A series of novel imaging agents could light up tumors as they begin to form "“ before they turn deadly "“ and signal their transition to aggressive cancers. The compounds "“ fluorescent inhibitors of the enzyme cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) "“ could have broad applications for detecting tumors earlier, monitoring a tumor's transition from pre-malignancy to more aggressive growth, and defining tumor margins during surgical removal. "We're very excited about these new agents...

2010-04-12 13:42:51

Barrett's esophagus affects more than 3 million individuals and is a primary risk factor for esophageal cancer Cancer of the lower esophagus develops almost exclusively in patients with Barrett's esophagus, an otherwise benign complication of esophageal reflux that affects approximately 3 million Americans. Although the prognosis of patients diagnosed with esophageal cancer is poor, the chances of successful treatment increase significantly if the disease is detected at an early dysplastic...

2010-03-03 11:00:00

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- BARRX Medical, Inc. announced today that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its HALO90 Ablation Catheter for the treatment of Radiation Proctitis (RP) and Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia (GAVE). Both conditions are diseases of the gastrointestinal tract associated with chronic bleeding and the need for blood transfusions. The HALO90 catheter is used in conjunction with the HALOFLEX and...

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...

2010-02-05 15:02:54

Barrett's epithelium is recognized as a complication of erosive esophagitis and is the pre-malignant condition for adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. A research team from Yokohama City University School of Medicine hypothesized that some macroscopic features of Barrett's epithelium might be useful for identifying a subgroup with a high risk for the development of esophageal adenocarcinoma. Their study will be published on January 28, 2010 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology. They enrolled...

2010-01-12 17:03:17

First steps in cancer of the gullet halted by anti-Alzheimer's drug Cancer of the gullet, or oesophagus, is one of the ten most common cancers in the Western world, and there have been recent alarming increases in the number of cases each year in the US and UK. There is no good treatment, and sufferers frequently face a short, painful battle which ends all too quickly in death. Many of the cancers diagnosed are in people with a long history of heartburn. Chronic heartburn leads to the lower...

2009-11-23 15:51:28

In the November issue of GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a study out of Stanford University found that Barrett's esophagus was detected in six percent of asymptomatic women undergoing endoscopic screening. Also in this issue, two studies examined endoscopic ultrasound (EUS): Researchers from France, in the largest single-center experience to date, demonstrated the accuracy of EUS-FNA...

2009-11-19 10:14:19

Contrary to current thinking, a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) might not develop as a direct result of acidic digestive juices burning the esophagus, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found in an animal study. Rather, gastroesophageal reflux spurs the esophageal cells to release chemicals called cytokines, which attract inflammatory cells to the esophagus. It is those inflammatory cells, drawn to the esophagus by cytokines, that cause the esophageal...

2009-10-26 22:44:06

Three studies presented this week at the American College of Gastroenterology's 74th Annual Scientific meeting in San Diego underscore the growing disparities in gastrointestinal disease, particularly colon cancer and Barrett's Esophagus, among certain ethnic and gender populations, including African Americans, Latinos and women. These race- and gender-specific disparities underscore the need for education and vigilance among these populations and perhaps more aggressive screening tactics...

2009-10-26 22:04:10

Boston Medical Center (BMC) surgeons are now offering patients an incisionless alternative to laparoscopic and traditional surgery for treatment of acid reflux or GERD. Using the new procedure known as EsophyX TIF (Transoral Incisionless Fundaplication), surgeons can repair or reconstruct the valve between the esophagus and stomach, effectively stopping GERD. BMC is the only hospital in New England offering this new treatment. GERD, also referred to as chronic heartburn, is reflux and...


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Gastroscopy
2013-03-04 10:13:56

The esophagogastroduodenoscopy is a medical diagnostic procedure used in internal medicine to view the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract. This non-invasive procedure is used for many complaints and requires little to no time for recovery from the procedure. Reasons for the Procedure Patients present to their physician with physical complaints. For example, a patient may come into the office and say they have been feeling tired and forgetful. Through many tests and evaluations,...

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