AGA Launches New Patient App to Aid in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Monitoring and Education

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) today announced the launch of My IBD Manager, a new digital patient resource developed for the 1.6 million Americans living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and the doctors who treat them. This will be followed by the launch of an online clinical platform for health care professionals, ...

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Swallowable Alternative to Endoscopy for Barrett’s Esophagus Detection

A swallowable balloon device has been developed to obtain samples from the lower esophagus – samples which then undergo assay of combined CCNA1and VIM DNA methylation to detect Barrett’s esophagus metaplasia, according to a study published online January 17 in Science Translational Medicine. Helen R. Moinova, PhD, from the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and colleagues developed a well-tolerated ...

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Judge Orders New Olympus Trial Over Superbug Death

By Chad Terhune This article first appeared January 19, 2018 on Kaiser Health News. A Seattle judge said Olympus Corp. failed to properly disclose internal emails that raised safety concerns about a redesigned medical scope as early as 2008, several years before the device was publicly tied to deadly superbug outbreaks. Citing those “willful discovery violations” by the Japanese device ...

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Helpful intestinal bacteria counteracts tendency to depression

New research suggests that the micro-organisms known as probiotics, which are normally providing health benefits in the intestines, also have an affect on the brain, or as an actual study at Aarhus University has shown; protect against depression. ‘ In the animal study at the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University, rats were fed with an extra fatty and ...

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