Endoscopy is used to detect and treat a myriad of disorders throughout the body, from gastroesophageal reflux disease to colitis and colorectal cancer. Several types of endoscopes are used to detect these, including pediatric scopes and colonoscopes and bronchoscopes, as well as several others.
Study Shows How Gut Microbiota Respond to Infection
A study from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) has utilized unique computational models to show how infection can affect bacteria that naturally live in our intestines. The findings may ultimately help clinicians to better treat and prevent gastrointestinal infection and ...More
Children's Hospital Offers Endoscopic Surgery for Swallowing Disorder
Deion Brown of San Jose was a typical teenager with a healthy appetite. So, he and his mother knew something was wrong last summer when he could no longer gobble up everything on his plate. Instead, he’d spend time figuring out how he was going to swallow his food, ...More
Crab and Other Crustacean Shells May Treat IBD
Yoshimi Shibata, PhD, professor of biomedical science in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, has received a $380,552 grant from the National Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ...More
Is Endoscopic Removal of Gall Bladder Best for Duct Stones?
Among patients with possible common duct stones, removal of the gall bladder, compared with endoscopic assessment of the common duct followed by gall bladder removal, resulted in a shorter length of hospital stay without increased illness and fewer common duct examinations, ...More
Do Probiotics Help Kids with Stomach Bugs?
ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Consumers worldwide spend billions of dollars each year on probiotic foods and supplements. But studies evaluating probiotics—microorganisms believed to aid digestive health—have been limited. ...More
Aggressive Cancers May Respond to Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
New research raises the prospect that some cancer patients with aggressive tumors may benefit from a class of anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. ...More
Synthetic Triterpenoids May Help Colitis-Related Colon Cancer
Researchers from Case Western Reserve and Dartmouth universities have shown that a class of small antioxidant molecules carries enormous promise for suppressing colon cancer associated with colitis. ...More
New GERD Site Launches for Patients, Medical Professionals
Mederi Therapeutics, the maker of Stretta and Secca, redeveloped their product websites stretta-therapy.com and secca-therapy.com as educational tools where patients and physicians can turn for information about conditions, diagnosis, and treatments. ...More
Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery Improves Diabetes Control
Adults with Type 2 diabetes achieve better blood glucose (sugar) control two years after undergoing laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy than do patients who receive standard medical diabetes care without this weight loss surgery, a new study finds. The results were presented ...More
Gastrointestinal Microbiome Modulator Fights Diabetes
In adults with prediabetes, a new drug that alters microbial populations and their environment in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract improves glucose tolerance—the body’s response to consuming carbohydrates— after four weeks of treatment and without a change ...More