Oncology & Cancer

Patient factors affect accuracy of AFP detection of liver cancer

(HealthDay)—Measurement of α-fetoprotein (AFP) detects hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) most accurately in patients without hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, according to a study published in the May issue of Clinical Gastroenterology ...

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Nurses can perform colonoscopies as well as docs

(HealthDay)—Colonoscopy quality and safety are comparable for nurse and physician endoscopy trainees, according to a study published in the March issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Melanoma risk up in IBD independent of biologic therapy

(HealthDay)—Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is associated with an increased risk of melanoma, independent of the use of biologic therapy, according to research published in the February issue of Clinical Gastroenterology ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Osteoporosis / Osteopenia prevalent in chronic pancreatitis

(HealthDay)—Sixty-five percent of patients with chronic pancreatitis have osteoporosis or osteopenia, according to a meta-analysis published in the February issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Oncology & Cancer

Central adiposity linked to risk of esophageal cancer

(HealthDay)—A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies shows that central adiposity, independent of body mass index (BMI), is associated with increased risk of esophageal inflammation, metaplasia, and ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Probiotics do not prevent relapse in Crohn's disease patients

Despite previous data showing beneficial effects, the probiotic Saccharomuces boulardii (S. boulardii) does not prevent clinical relapse in patients with Crohn's disease, according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Positive diagnostic strategy non-inferior to exclusion in IBS

(HealthDay)—For patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a positive diagnostic strategy is non-inferior to a strategy of exclusion for patients' health-related quality of life (HRQOL), according to a study published ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New treatment offers hope for short-bowel syndrome patients

A new drug, teduglutide, offers significant relief for patients with short-bowel syndrome intestinal failure who are reliant on intravenous nutrition, according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Screening at-risk adolescents for celiac disease proves cost-effective

The current standard practice of screening adolescents who are either symptomatic or at high-risk for celiac disease proves to be more cost-effective than universal screening. Additionally, the strategy is successful in preventing ...

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