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China Clears First All-Oral Chronic Hepatitis C Regimen China Clears First All-Oral Chronic Hepatitis C Regimen
The daclatasvir-asunaprevir combination was approved for HCV genotype 1b, the most common genotype in China; the combination has a 91%-99% cure rate.International Approvals (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - April 28, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Gastroenterology News Alert Source Type: news

ASCT May Help as Rescue Therapy in Refractory Crohn ’ s ASCT May Help as Rescue Therapy in Refractory Crohn ’ s
Autologous hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT) as salvage therapy can benefit patients with refractory Crohn ’ s disease, although relapse frequently occurs within five years, new research shows.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - April 28, 2017 Category: Pathology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Nivolumab Improves Sorafenib-Treated Liver Cancer Nivolumab Improves Sorafenib-Treated Liver Cancer
Nivolumab immunotherapy could provide a durable response, and increase survival, for patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma who do not respond completely to sorafenib, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

7 medtech stories we missed this week: April 28, 2017
[Image from unsplash.com]From FDA and Health Canada approvals to joint ventures, here are 7 medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. FDA clears Joimax Endovapor 2 Joimax announced in an April 26 press release that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance to market its Endovapor 2 Multi-Radio Frequency System. The device generates electricity for monopoly and bipolar cutting and coagulation of tissue structures in surgery. It has programs designed for spinal cord surgery with an interdisciplinary application. It also has 2 monopolar and 2 bipolar sockets with an easy touchpad technology. ...
Source: Mass Device - April 28, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) News Well Surgical Anaconda Biomed Creganna Medical Eclipse Aesthetics Joimax Mederi Therapeutics MedTech Millennium Medical Technologies SiBone Theraclion Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Diet tips for a healthy gallbladder
What is a gallbladder diet and what foods support a gallbladder diet? Learn about which foods to avoid and the diet to follow after gallbladder surgery. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Source Type: news

FDA Approves Regorafenib for Liver Cancer
The FDA has approved regorafenib (Stivarga) for the second-line treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) for patients who have previously received sorafenib. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - April 28, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Ian Ingram Tags: Gastrointestinal Cancer Liver, Gallbladder, and Biliary Tract Cancers News Source Type: news

Introducing the 2017 Class of AGA Research Foundation awardees
(American Gastroenterological Association) The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Foundation is thrilled to award 52 researchers with research funding in the 2017 award year. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 28, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

5 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Your Immune System
People often make reference to the immune system when feeling under the weather, but we wondered how many people truly understand the complexities of this internal task force? To put it plainly, the immune system is a network of cells, tissues and organs that work together to protect the body. It is the immune system’s responsibility to tell your body what belongs and what does not. In rare chronic cases, like primary immunodeficiency, the immune system is either missing or isn’t working properly, but for most healthy people, it separates friend from foe ― and responds to enemies (like bacteria, viruses and ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fecal Transplant Safe for Hepatic Encephalopathy Fecal Transplant Safe for Hepatic Encephalopathy
For the first time, a clinical trial has shown that fecal transplantation can ease the decline in brain function that can result from liver failure; and the effectiveness surprised researchers.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - April 27, 2017 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Managing Upper GI Bleeding Due to Portal Hypertension Managing Upper GI Bleeding Due to Portal Hypertension
Dr Rowan Zetterman examines new practice guidance for the diagnosis and management of patients with cirrhosis and portal hypertension.Medscape Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - April 27, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology Expert Column Source Type: news

Wireless power can drive tiny electronic devices in the GI tract
An ingestible electronic capsule, complete with a capsule-sized antenna capable of receiving a radio signal wirelessly, can safely power a device in the gastrointestinal tract in preclinical models, investigators report. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 27, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Supplementation With Palmitoylethanolamide/Polydatin in IBS Supplementation With Palmitoylethanolamide/Polydatin in IBS
What benefits may dietary supplementation with palmitoylethanolamide and polydatin offer patients with irritable bowel syndrome?Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Wireless power can drive tiny electronic devices in the GI tract
(Brigham and Women's Hospital) Investigators report that an ingestible electronic capsule, complete with a capsule-sized antenna capable of receiving a radio signal wirelessly, can safely power a device in the gastrointestinal tract in preclinical models. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Wireless Power Can Drive Tiny Electronic Devices in the GI Tract
Using mid-field wireless powering, investigators can transfer power from outside the body to electronics in the gastrointestinal tract. (Source: BWH for Journalists)
Source: BWH for Journalists - April 27, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

Wireless Power Can Drive Tiny Electronic Devices in the GI Tract
Using mid-field wireless powering, investigators can transfer power from outside the body to electronics in the gastrointestinal tract. (Source: BWH News)
Source: BWH News - April 27, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Study Shows Gut-Calming Effects Of Chili Peppers And Marijuana
A common link between chili peppers and marijuana could have implications for how we treat diabetes and colitis, as well as other conditions in the digestive tract, according to a new study from the University of Connecticut.  The study was published in the April 24 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.   Researchers say chemicals found in the peppers and marijuana interact with the same receptor in our stomachs. Scientists first focused on the chemical capsaicin, which is responsible for the hot sensation of eating a chili pepper. They fed capsaicin to mice, and “f...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study Shows Gut-Calming Effects Of Chili Peppers And Marijuana
A common link between chili peppers and marijuana could have implications for how we treat diabetes and colitis, as well as other conditions in the digestive tract, according to a new study from the University of Connecticut.  The study was published in the April 24 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.   Researchers say chemicals found in the peppers and marijuana interact with the same receptor in our stomachs. Scientists first focused on the chemical capsaicin, which is responsible for the hot sensation of eating a chili pepper. They fed capsaicin to mice, and “f...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 26, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

New System Detects Cirrhosis in Fatty Liver Disease New System Detects Cirrhosis in Fatty Liver Disease
With up to 40% of patients in primary care in the US and Europe affected by fatty liver disease, identifying who will develop fibrosis or cirrhosis is a challenge, but a new strategy appears to help.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Insight Into the Role of Microbiota in Colorectal Surgery Insight Into the Role of Microbiota in Colorectal Surgery
This article explores the impact of preoperative mechanical bowel preparation on the gut microbiome and the healing process of an intestinal anastomosis. Might it do more harm than good?Gut (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Follow-up Colonoscopy After Positive Fecal Test: Timing Matters Follow-up Colonoscopy After Positive Fecal Test: Timing Matters
Delaying a follow-up colonoscopy more than 10 months after a positive FIT may increase patients ' risk for any colorectal cancer and for advanced-stage colon cancer, a study has shown.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Long Delay From Positive Fecal Test to Colonoscopy May Increase CRC Risk
A delay of 10 months or longer between a positive fecal immunochemical test and a follow-up colonoscopy was associated with a higher risk of colorectal cancer. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - April 25, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Dave Levitan Tags: Colorectal Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer News Source Type: news

NASH: The Next Untapped Pharma Market Gives Investors Many Options NASH: The Next Untapped Pharma Market Gives Investors Many Options
Large drugmakers with piles of cash are on the hunt for promising medicines being developed by small companies to treat non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a progressive fatty liver disease poised to become the leading cause of liver transplants by 2020.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

8-week Sofosbuvir-velpatasvir-voxilaprevir Less Effective for HCV 8-week Sofosbuvir-velpatasvir-voxilaprevir Less Effective for HCV
For patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, eight weeks of combined sofosbuvir-velpatasvir-voxilaprevir may not be as effective as 12 weeks of only sofosbuvir-velpatasvir, results from two phase 3 open-label trials suggest.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

At high-stakes table, growing Peninsula biotech antes up with 'fatty-liver' drug
Even before morbidly overweight people lose pounds through gastric bypass surgery — within only a couple days of the procedure — they shed obesity-related diabetes. Tagging the phenomenon to a specific hormone led to the founding 10 years ago of NGM Biopharmaceuticals Inc. The company developed its own version of the hormone, engineering out the hormone's connection to a hig her risk of liver cancer. Click here to get the free daily TechFlash Silicon Valley newsletter. But instead of pushing… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Comparison Backs Bezafibrate for Biliary Cholangitis Comparison Backs Bezafibrate for Biliary Cholangitis
For people with primary biliary cholangitis who inadequately respond to ursodeoxycholic acid, adjunctive treatment with bezafibrate increases response rates and improves symptoms, a new trial shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Pathology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

This Is What Your Teeth Can Reveal About Your Overall Health
The dentist may not be your favorite appointment, but it’s a necessity.  Good oral hygiene saves you from more than just tooth decay, cavities and bad breath. It is critically important because it can help prevent certain medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. And here’s something else: The state of your teeth, mouth and gums can clue your dentist into other medical issues you may need to address. By examining your mouth, your dentist can identify eating disorders, sleeping problems, anxiety, stress and more. Below are some of the things dentists can see about yo...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Triplet Tx Offers Impressive Results in Resistant HCV (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Combo pill highly effective despite presence of drug-resistant mutations (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - April 25, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Long-Term Albumin Tx Ups Survival in Liver Failure (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Patients with decompensated cirrhosis also report better quality of life (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - April 25, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Chili peppers, marijuana may reduce gut inflammation
Researchers have found that chili peppers and edible marijuana target the same receptor in the gastrointestinal tract to reduce gut inflammation. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Enzyme treatment reduces alcohol-induced liver damage in mouse models
An intestinal enzyme previously shown to keep bacterial toxins from passing from the gastrointestinal system into the bloodstream may be able to prevent or reduce the liver damage caused by excess alcohol consumption, investigators report. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

CHMP Backs Orphan Hybrid Drug for Wilson ' s Disease CHMP Backs Orphan Hybrid Drug for Wilson ' s Disease
Trientine tetrahydrochloride (Cuprior) is indicated for treatment of Wilson ' s disease in adults, adolescents, and children aged 5 years and older who are intolerant to D-penicillamine.International Approvals (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Gastroenterology News Alert Source Type: news

NASH Drugs Take Center Stage (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Still no home runs, experts caution (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - April 25, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Six home remedies for hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are common among adults, but which home remedies are recommended to help alleviate symptoms. Can lifestyle changes help? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Sofosbuvir Plus an NS5A Inhibitor for HCV GT3 and Cirrhosis Sofosbuvir Plus an NS5A Inhibitor for HCV GT3 and Cirrhosis
This study evaluated the efficacy of regimens of SOF plus an NS5A inhibitor with or without RBV in this group.Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Optimizing the Diagnosis of Celiac Disease Optimizing the Diagnosis of Celiac Disease
This review provides a summary of recent advances in the diagnosis of celiac disease, focusing on diagnostic challenges and the phenotypical characterization of celiac subtypes.Current Opinion in Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Hepatic Manifestations of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Hepatic Manifestations of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Liver test abnormalities are frequently encountered in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases. What are the likely causes and how should diagnosis be approached?Liver International (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Enzyme treatment reduces alcohol-induced liver damage in mouse models
(Massachusetts General Hospital) Massachusetts General Hospital investigators report that an intestinal enzyme previously shown to keep bacterial toxins from passing from the gastrointestinal system into the bloodstream may be able to prevent or reduce the liver damage caused by excess alcohol consumption. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 25, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Risankizumab Induces Clinical Remission in Crohn ' s Disease Risankizumab Induces Clinical Remission in Crohn ' s Disease
The interleukin-23 inhibitor risankizumab induces clinical remission in patients with moderate-to-severe active Crohn ' s disease (CD), according to a phase 2 study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

WHO Urges Action Over Growing Hepatitis Epidemic WHO Urges Action Over Growing Hepatitis Epidemic
The number of people dying from hepatitis is rising, and most of the 325 million infected are unaware they have the virus and lack access to potentially life-saving medicines, the World Health Organization said on Friday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - April 24, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Albumin Improves Survival in Decompensated Cirrhosis Albumin Improves Survival in Decompensated Cirrhosis
A new study answers an old question by showing that adjunctive albumin improves survival and reduces complications in patients with decompensated cirrhosis.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

New Tenofovir for Hep B Improves Bone and Kidney Safety (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Formulation now recommended in updated HBV treatment guidelines (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - April 24, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

At high-stakes table, growing Peninsula biotech antes up with 'fatty-liver' drug
Even before morbidly overweight people lose pounds through gastric bypass surgery — within only a couple days of the procedure — they shed obesity-related diabetes. Tagging the phenomenon to a specific hormone led to the founding 10 years ago of NGM Biopharmaceuticals Inc. The company developed its own version of the hormone, engineering out the hormone's connection to a hig her risk of liver cancer. Trending: Meet the 130 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area 2017 But instead of pushing forward… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 24, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

At high-stakes table, growing Peninsula biotech antes up with 'fatty-liver' drug
Even before morbidly overweight people lose pounds through gastric bypass surgery — within only a couple days of the procedure — they shed obesity-related diabetes. Tagging the phenomenon to a specific hormone led to the founding 10 years ago of NGM Biopharmaceuticals Inc. The company developed its own version of the hormone, engineering out the hormone's connection to a hig her risk of liver cancer. Trending: Meet the 130 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area 2017 But instead of pushing forward… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 24, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Probiotics and oral health: A systematic review.
CONCLUSIONS:The literature reviewed suggests probiotics usage could be beneficial for the maintenance of oral health, due to its ability to decrease the colony forming units (CFU) counts of the oral pathogens. However, randomized clinical trials with long-term follow-up periods are needed to confirm their efficacy in reducing the prevalence/incidence of oral infectious diseases. Furthermore, the recognition of specific strains with probiotic activity for each infectious oral disease is required, in order to determine exact dose, treatment time and ideal vehicles. (Source: Dental Technology Blog)
Source: Dental Technology Blog - April 24, 2017 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Gastroenterology & Urology Devices Committee Meeting 5/17/17 https://go.usa.gov/x5kE5  
Gastroenterology & Urology Devices Committee Meeting 5/17/17 https://go.usa.gov/x5kE5  (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)
Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew - April 24, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: ( at FDADeviceInfo) Source Type: news

Interferon-Free HCV Tx Successful in Young Kids (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Sustained response with half-dose tablet (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - April 24, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Combo Drug Beats Tough-to-Treat HCV Genotype 3 (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Anti-viral led to sustained virological response in 95% of trial patients (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - April 24, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

ASCO Updates Pancreatic Cancer Guideline to Include Doublet Chemotherapy
ASCO updated a 2016 guideline regarding resected pancreatic cancer to include treatment with adjuvant chemotherapy with gemcitabine and capecitabine. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - April 24, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Dave Levitan Tags: Gastrointestinal Cancer News Pancreatic Cancer Source Type: news

Lipid-Lowering Drug Offers New Hope in PBC
(MedPage Today) -- First gold standard trial confirms benefits of bezafibrate (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - April 24, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

NHS obesity operations up 500% in a decade
There were 6,438 gastric band procedures last year, up 520 per cent in a decade. Telford and Wrekin in the West Midlands perform the most gastric bypass procedures in England. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news