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BREAKTHROUGH as certain probiotics are found to produce powerful antibiotics that kill superbugs
(Natural News) Scientists at the Baylor College of Medicine are saying that next-generation probiotics can reduce the risk of becoming infected with the bacterium Clostridium difficile, also known a C. difficile or C. diff. This is a common bacterial infection which causes gastrointestinal issues such as bowel discomfort and diarrhea. Treatment for the condition usually... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diarrhoea and vomiting warning: Why you should NEVER drink cloudy water
DIARRHOEA and vomiting are symptoms of gastrointestinal illnesses, linked by a new study to drinking cloudy water. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nodal Stage Migration in Anal Cancer May Misclassify True Disease Stage
The rate of lymph node positivity in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the anus may be overestimated, potentially leading to the overtreatment of patients with chemoradiotherapy. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - August 18, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Leah Lawrence Tags: Gastrointestinal Cancer News Source Type: news

Anal Cancer More Deadly in Black Men
Significant racial and gender-based disparities exist in outcomes among patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the anus, with black men having the lowest survival rates, according to a new study. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - August 18, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Mark L. Fuerst Tags: Gastrointestinal Cancer News Source Type: news

Paper: Clinical signs best predictors of mortality in critically ill calves
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Clinical signs such as gastrointestinal problems may be better predictors of mortality in neonatal calves with diarrhea than blood pH levels and other laboratory findings, suggests a new study co-written by University of Illinois veterinary medicine dean Peter Constable; Florian M. Trefz and Annette Lorch, both of the Center of Veterinary Clinical Medicine at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich; and Ingrid Lorenz, of the Bavarian Animal Health Service. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

GIST tumors linked to NF1 mutations, genetic testing needed
(University of California - San Diego) Researchers at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, with colleagues from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Fox Chase Cancer Center, have determined that a specific region of the small bowel, called the duodenal-jejunal flexure or DJF, shows a high frequency of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) with mutations of the NF1 gene. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FDA admits five patients now KILLED by anti-obesity surgical balloon surgery
(Natural News) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that at least five patients have died soon after being fitted with anti-obesity gastric balloons. “All five reports indicate that patient deaths occurred within a month or less of balloon placement. In three reports, death occurred as soon as one to three days after balloon placement. At this... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

PET-assessed Tumor Response Does Not Predict Gastric Adenocarcinoma Outcomes PET-assessed Tumor Response Does Not Predict Gastric Adenocarcinoma Outcomes
Post-treatment/preoperative tumor response, as measured on positron emission tomography (PET), does not predict outcomes in patients with gastric and gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) adenocarcinoma, according to a database review.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines - August 17, 2017 Category: Radiology Tags: Radiology News Source Type: news

Why Does Women's Bone Density Drop After Gastric Bypass? Why Does Women's Bone Density Drop After Gastric Bypass?
Increases in bone-marrow fat in diabetics after gastric bypass surgery are associated with lower bone mineral density (BMD), new research shows.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - August 17, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Non-V600 BRAF Mutation Tied to Better CRC Prognosis (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Mutation appears to be a less aggressive clinical phenotype (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - August 17, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Dietary Energy Density May Up Risk of Obesity - Linked Cancers
DED linked to 10 percent increase of any obesity - related cancer among normal - weight women (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - August 17, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Enteromedics closes $18m preferred stock offering
EnteroMedics (NSDQ:ETRM) said it closed its recent public preferred stock offering, raising a total of $18.1 million which is slated to support continued commercialization efforts, clinical and product development and general corporate purposes. In the offering, the company sold preferred stock units at $1,000 per unit, with each consisting of 1 share of Series B convertible preferred stock, convertible into 435 shares of common stock at $2.30 per share, and a 7-year warrant to purchase 435 shares of common stock also at $2.30 per share. The St. Paul, Minn.-based company said that certain purchasers chose to convert u...
Source: Mass Device - August 17, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Wall Street Beat EnteroMedics Inc. Source Type: news

PPIs Linked With Dementia? Latest Evidence Says No PPIs Linked With Dementia? Latest Evidence Says No
Dr David Johnson looks at two new reports that may dismiss this association, thereby relieving our patients'worrying.Medscape Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Commentary Source Type: news

Cloudy water could contain the norovirus studies reveal
Researchers from Drexel University in Philadelphia found that more than 10 studies have identified a link between cloudy water and acute gastrointestinal illness, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Colorectal Cancer Mortality Rates Increasing in Younger White Patients
Mortality from colorectal cancer has decreased since 1970 in young black patients aged 20 to 54, but has increased in white patients since 1995 in those aged 30 to 39 years and since 2005 in those aged 40 to 54 years after decades of decreasing. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - August 17, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Leah Lawrence Tags: Colorectal Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer News Source Type: news

Hepatitis E: Virology, Epidemiology, Presentation and Therapy Hepatitis E: Virology, Epidemiology, Presentation and Therapy
What is our current understanding of the molecular biology of hepatitis E? Review diagnostic and therapeutic strategies and examine future directions for clinical research in this overview.Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Cloudy water linked to gastrointestinal illnesses
(Drexel University) A review of studies from both North America and Europe found links between acute gastrointestinal illness, which typically includes diarrhea and vomiting, and cloudy drinking water. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A central neural circuit for itch sensation
Although itch sensation is an important protective mechanism for animals, chronic itch remains a challenging clinical problem. Itch processing has been studied extensively at the spinal level. However, how itch information is transmitted to the brain and what central circuits underlie the itch-induced scratching behavior remain largely unknown. We found that the spinoparabrachial pathway was activated during itch processing and that optogenetic suppression of this pathway impaired itch-induced scratching behaviors. Itch-mediating spinal neurons, which express the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor, are disynaptically conne...
Source: ScienceNOW - August 17, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Mu, D., Deng, J., Liu, K.-F., Wu, Z.-Y., Shi, Y.-F., Guo, W.-M., Mao, Q.-Q., Liu, X.-J., Li, H., Sun, Y.-G. Tags: Neuroscience reports Source Type: news

Campylobacter fetus Pleuropneumonia and Bacteremia in an Adult Immunocompetent Patient
Campylobacter fetus is a commensal in the intestinal tract of many domestic animals but can also cause infections in animals and humans [1]. Campylobacter species usually cause acute gastrointestinal infections, with Campylobacter jejuni being the most frequent cause. C. fetus is rarely isolated and mainly causes infections in neonates, elderly persons, immunocompromised patients, and those having underlying chronic diseases [2]. Few cases of C. fetus infection in immunocompetent individuals have been reported [3,4]. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - August 17, 2017 Category: Microbiology Authors: Boris Luk šić, Svjetlana Karabuva, Marina Radić, Jakica Karanović, Bruno Lukšić Source Type: news

Liquid Biopsy Passes Test for Early Cancer (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Predicts 59% to 71% of stage I-II cancers (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - August 16, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Study: Drug-delivery micromotors treat bacterial infection in stomach
Researchers at the University of California San Deigo have successfully used tiny micromotors loaded with antibiotics to treat a bacterial infection in the stomachs of mice, according to a study published today in Nature Communications. The tiny drug-delivery vehicles are powered by gastric acid, pushing them through the stomach and releasing cargo in a specific region, based on the acid-level. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Study: Drug-delivery micromotors treat bacterial infection in stomach appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - August 16, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Pharmaceuticals Research & Development University of California at San Diego Source Type: news

Assessment of Liver Fibrosis in Patients With Chronic HBV Assessment of Liver Fibrosis in Patients With Chronic HBV
The authors compared the diagnostic performance of several biomarkers for the assessment of liver fibrosis in patients with chronic HBV infection.Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

DAA Combination for Elderly Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C DAA Combination for Elderly Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C
This study aimed to assess the cost-effectiveness of direct-acting antivirals for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in elderly patients. Which patients should be considered for treatment?Liver International (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Specialist Access No Better With Adoption of Access Standards
No notable improvement in timely access to specialty services following implementation of standards (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - August 16, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Rheumat Source Type: news

Studies Used for FDA Approval of Device Changes Often Low Quality
And, efficacy of drugs granted accelerated approval often confirmed only years after approval (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - August 16, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Nursing, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Source Type: news

Relamorelin Improves Symptoms, Gastric Emptying in Diabetic Gastroparesis Relamorelin Improves Symptoms, Gastric Emptying in Diabetic Gastroparesis
Relamorelin (RM-131) relieves symptoms and improves gastric emptying in patients with diabetes-related gastroparesis, according to results from a randomized, controlled trial.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - August 15, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

How Do Direct-Acting Antivirals for HCV Affect HCC Risk? How Do Direct-Acting Antivirals for HCV Affect HCC Risk?
The latest data on the controversial hepatitis C-hepatocellular carcinoma treatment link are examined.Medscape Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Commentary Source Type: news

Therapeutic Drug Monitoring May Help Guide Treatment Changes in Active IBD Therapeutic Drug Monitoring May Help Guide Treatment Changes in Active IBD
The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) conditionally recommends reactive therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) to guide treatment changes in adults with active inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) treated with anti-TNF agents, in a new clinical guideline.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacist News Source Type: news

Hypnosis: An Unexpected Treatment for GI Disorders Hypnosis: An Unexpected Treatment for GI Disorders
Hypnosis--or brain-gut therapy--may be the answer for patients with gastrointestinal disorders in whom other therapies have not helped.Medscape Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - August 14, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology Expert Interview Source Type: news

Prophylaxis in Crohn's Disease After Intestinal Resection Prophylaxis in Crohn's Disease After Intestinal Resection
Can prophylactic drug therapy decrease the rate of clinical and endoscopic recurrence following intestinal resection for Crohn's disease? Which regimen may be beneficial?Frontline Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Lynch Syndrome Studies Highlight Screening, Surveillance Opportunities
Two studies on Lynch syndrome highlight cancer screening and surveillance opportunities. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - August 13, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Leah Lawrence Tags: Colorectal Cancer Endometrial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Gynecologic Cancers News Ovarian Cancer Source Type: news

D.C. Week: Trump Declares National Opioid Emergency
(MedPage Today) -- FDA warns about gastric balloon deaths and contaminated drugs (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - August 12, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

The tube, the team and the family that give life
As 2-year-old Naema Alshehhi turns the pages of her favorite book, her eyes glimmer with curiosity. Sitting with her father, Àbdulla and big sister, Dana, in their temporary Boston apartment, the inquisitive toddler points to a number of shapes and is fascinated by the rainbow of color. During this quiet moment, you see the gentle outline of Naema’s central line through her tiny shirt. The lifesaving tube — surgically inserted into her chest — provides the nourishment needed to manage the rare intestinal disorder she was born with, called microvillus inclusion dis...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 11, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Maureen McCarthy Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Alexandra Carey Dr. Bram Raphael Dr. Rima Fawaz home parenteral nutrition micorvillus inclusion disease multivisceral transplant Source Type: news

EnteroMedics prices $20m preferred stock offering
EnteroMedics (NSDQ:ETRM) today priced an upcoming underwritten public offering looking to raise $20 million to support continued commercialization and product development. In the offering, the company will offer units at $1,000 per unit, with each consisting of 1 share of Series B convertible preferred stock, convertible into 435 shares of common stock at $2.30 per share, and a 7-year warrant to purchase 435 shares of common stock also at $2.30 per share. Preferred stock offered in the round will include a beneficial ownership blocker but has no dividend rights, the St. Paul, Minn.-based company said. A total of ...
Source: Mass Device - August 11, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Wall Street Beat EnteroMedics Inc. Source Type: news

Deaths prompt renewed FDA warning on intragastric balloons
The FDA yesterday updated its warning of the risks associated with fluid-filled intragastric balloons after receiving new reports of the deaths of patients implanted with the devices. Intragastric balloons, made by Apollo Endosurgery (NSDQ:APEN) and ReShape Medical, are used to treat obesity. Placed in the stomach orally in a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure, they’re designed to be filled with fluid and stay in the stomach for six months. Apollo’s Orbera intragastric balloon system is composed of a single balloon which is filled with saline, while ReShape’s integrated dual ...
Source: Mass Device - August 11, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Wall Street Beat Weight loss Apollo Endosurgery ReShape Medical Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Six foods that cause diarrhea
In this article, learn about six foods that may contribute to diarrhea and how to tell if diarrhea is due to food. What treatments are recommended? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Source Type: news

FDA investigating deaths of patients who had gastric balloon procedure for obesity
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has alerted physicians and surgeons who treat obesity that it is investigating whether there is a link between gastric balloons — a new-generation weight-loss device — and the deaths of five patients.Inan alert issued Thursday, the FDA said that from 2016... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - August 10, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Five Deaths Tied to Intragastric Balloons, FDA Says Five Deaths Tied to Intragastric Balloons, FDA Says
Four deaths involve the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System and one death involves the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Alert Source Type: news

FDA Warns of Gastric Balloon Deaths
(MedPage Today) -- 7 reports of death tied to obesity treatment since 2016 (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - August 10, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Current Pancreatic Cancer Guidelines Miss Targetable Mutations
Germline mutations in pancreatic cancer susceptibility genes were commonly identified in a group of patients with pancreatic cancer who did not report a significant family history of cancer, according to the results of a single-center study. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - August 10, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Leah Lawrence Tags: Gastrointestinal Cancer News Pancreatic Cancer Source Type: news

Endoscopic Dilation for Eosinophilic Esophagitis Endoscopic Dilation for Eosinophilic Esophagitis
This study assessed the efficacy and safety of endoscopic dilation to alleviate symptoms of stricture formation in eosinophilic esophagitis.Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - August 10, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Weight loss surgery increases bone marrow fat
A study, published in theJournal of Bone and Mineral Research, reports that obese women undergoing gastric bypass surgery exhibit increases in bone marrow fat, which is associated with a greater decline in bone density.Science Daily (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - August 10, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Novel Agent S-1 Has Similar Efficacy to 5-FU in Certain Gastric Cancers
Results of a phase III trial suggest that the combination of the contemporary oral fluoropyrimidine S-1 and cisplatin offers similar efficacy to 5-flourouracil and cisplatin in patients with chemotherapy-naive diffuse type adenocarcinoma of the gastroesophageal junction or stomach. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - August 10, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Dave Levitan Tags: Gastrointestinal Cancer News Source Type: news

Food poisoning warning: What you should NEVER do before cooking chicken
FOOD poisoning has been of particular concern this week after news of contaminated Dutch eggs entering the UK, and several athletes in London for the World Championships falling ill with gastroenteritis. One such food at highest risk of bacterial growth is chicken - this is how to cook it safely. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Endoscopic Dilation for Eosinophilic Oesophagitis Endoscopic Dilation for Eosinophilic Oesophagitis
This study assessed the efficacy and safety of endoscopic dilation to alleviate symptoms of stricture formation in eosinophilic esophagitis.Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

C-Section Now, Hysterectomy Complications Later?
(MedPage Today) -- Higher risk of reoperation vs women with vaginal delivery (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - August 9, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Puzzling rise in colorectal cancer deaths among younger adults
A new study shows death rates for colorectal cancer in white men and women under the age of 55 climbed nearly 14 percent in a decade after years of overall decline. Over the same period, deadly cases involving African-Americans in the same age group went down. Gastroenterologist and CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the findings and how people can lower their risk. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How to stop vomiting: Home remedies
What are the main causes of nausea and vomiting, and what home remedies are recommended? What home remedies may help children who are vomiting? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Source Type: news

DAA-based Antivirals for HCV Patients With Stage 4-5 CKD DAA-based Antivirals for HCV Patients With Stage 4-5 CKD
Are direct-acting antivirals-based therapies for HCV safe and effective in patients with severe and end-stage chronic kidney disease?Liver International (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

CRC Mortality Rises in People Younger than 55 (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Driven by increase in whites; stable incidence in blacks (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - August 9, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news