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Given Revenues Hit $7.4M

YOQNEAM, Israel -- Given Imaging officials have announced their video capsule system has exceeded $7.4 million in sales during the third quarter of 2002.

The announcement highlights a 480 percent increase in sales since third quarter 2001.

"We continue to be pleased at the progress we are making globally with our Given capsule endoscope, which is changing the way that gastroenterologists diagnose and treat their patients," says Gavriel D. Meron, president and company CEO.

For more information, visit: www.givenimaging.com

Infants with Gastroschisis Should Deliver Full-Term

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Infants who show signs of gastroschisis -- a congential abdomen fissure that leaves the intestines exposed -- have been delivered prematurely. Researchers thought exposing the intestines to amniotic fluid was dangerous. However, new research shows otherwise.

Scientists at Brown Medical School have found infants born at full term were able to digest food more rapidly after having their intestines placed back in their bodies than premature babies.

Data of 57 babies with gastroschisis was collected from 1991 to 2001. Closure, full feeding age, length of hospital stay and gestational age were considered.

Researchers concluded full term babies were able to recover the fastest.

Esophageal Cancer, HPV Linked

SHANTOU, China -- Exposure to a certain strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV) may increase a person's risk of developing esophageal cancer.

Researchers have long known that certain strains of HPV transmitted sexually elevate a woman's chance of developing cervical cancer. This new research, from officials at Shantou University Medical College, shows a link between the virus and esophageal cancer. Researchers studied 55 esophageal cancer patients in Eastern Guangdong, where the cancer is prevalent. Strains of the virus were commonly found in participants' tumor samples.

Strains HPV 16 and 18 were found most frequently in samples. Researchers, who published their report in the Journal of Medical Virology, concluded that in areas of high prevalence for esophageal cancer, HPV may be a risk factor.

New NY Gastrointestinal Health Center Highlights 'Couric Effect'

NEW YORK -- Jay Monahan's death from colon cancer at age 42 shocked many in the entertainment industry. As a respected attorney, television commentator and husband of Katie Couric, Monahan's fall to a nine-month battle with the disease was eye opening.

Today, Couric, along with cancer activist Lilly Tartikoff and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, has raised more than $9 million to open the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. The center is scheduled to open in early 2004.

"Our vision for the Center was born out of my discussions with Mark Pochapin, MD, Jay's gastroenterologist," says Couric. "The journey following a cancer diagnosis is often a traumatic and harrowing one. Searching for the latest information as well as the best treatment options can be a daunting, if not impossible task. It is my profound hope that the Monahan Center will make it easier for families to contend with perhaps the worst experience they will ever face by providing all the necessary resources under one roof."

Pochapin will be the center's medical director.

Those involved in gastrointestinal disease note the opening as only the latest step made under the "Couric Effect." The label, originally penned by University of Michigan researchers, denotes the extensive work Couric has done to bring national attention to colon cancer, including receiving a colonoscopy on the TODAY show. Couric earned a Peabody Award for the story.

Researchers have noted a 20 percent increase in colonoscopy screenings since Couric began promoting colorectal cancer awareness.

Gluten Intolerance Peptide Identified

NEW YORK -- Stanford University researchers have identified a peptide responsible for causing a gluten inflammatory response commonly found in celiac sprue patients.

Gliadins are a group of proteins that are reportedly the toxic component of wheat gluten. Researchers studied the role of gastric and pancreatic enzymes with gliadins in order to better understand the intolerance.

Peptide 33-mer did not dissolve after being exposed to several proteases. The peptide also reportedly reacted to an autoantigen associated with the disease.

A bacterial enzyme, prolyl endopeptidase, was found to dissolve the peptide in vitro and in vivo. Researchers concluded this bacterium could be added to therapy to help those suffering from gluten intolerance.

Researchers published their report in the journal Science.

For more information visit: http://news-stanford.edu

Study: More Polyps Being Removed Per Colonoscopy

WILMETTE, Il. -- Officials at the Institute for Quality Improvement (IQI) have found that more polyps are being removed per colonoscopy procedure than in previous studies.

"Data collected continues to support findings that a colonoscopy, reaching areas of the bowel that other tests do not and allowing removal of lesions and polyps during the procedure, may lead to early detection of cancer in a substantial number of people whose colon cancer would otherwise go undetected," says Bernard A. Kershner, chairman of IQI.

The study examined 939 cases nationally and found: 90 percent of polyps were found per procedure, compared to 84 percent in 2001; 60 percent of participating organizations decreased procedure time; 68 percent of patients reported minimal or no discomfort with bowel preparations; 57 percent reported no discomfort during the procedure.

The IQI is a subsidiary of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

For more information, visit www.aaahcigi.org.

Studly Spokesman

Chris Gedney -- a former Arizona Cardinal football player, IBD patient and the incoming Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America board president for the Southwest chapter -- visits with CCFA youth ambassador Kane Ichrist. The two attended the 7th Annual Women of Distinction Fundraising Gala -- raising money to help those with irritable bowel disease -- in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Adventures of Endonurse

Mailbag

Endonurse and apparent poet Cecelia Patton, RN, from Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax, VA, writes about a coworker who has mastered the tools of gastroenterology, not gardening.

THE POLYP QUEEN

Darlene Sumner is her name --
Snaring polyps is her game.
Mini, standard, rotatable, it's her choice --
She calls out the type in a professional voice.
She snares them all with the greatest of skill --
When we compliment her, she says "No big deal."
When it comes to polyps, she reigns supreme --
If only she could handle her mowing machine.

Have an interesting photo, poem or story about your coworkers? Send it to: kdonley@vpico.com. Creativity encouraged!

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