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.
Tailoring Bowel Preps: Patient Activation and Navigation
Research has improved the quality of patient instructions for colon preps, but it’s tough reaching that goal of a high percentage of “excellent” rated colon cleanses. For endoscopy suite staff currently charged with prep improvement projects, concepts like ...More
Do Gut Bacteria Rule Our Minds?
It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within us―which outnumber our own cells about 100-fold―may very well be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often are driving us toward obesity. ...More
Can Staffing Changes Improve ERCP Outcomes?
A recent study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology looks at the outcomes of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography that were delayed over a weekend due to smaller weekend staffing practices. The findings suggest that to improve patient ...More
Gut Flora Influences HIV Immune Response
Normal microorganisms in the intestines appear to play a pivotal role in how the HIV virus foils a successful attack from the body’s immune system, according to new research from Duke Medicine. ...More
Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Reduces Colorectal-Cancer Incidence, Rate of Death
Among about 100,000 study participants, screening with flexible sigmoidoscopy resulted in a reduced incidence and rate of death of colorectal cancer, compared to no screening, according to a study in the August 13 issue of JAMA. ...More
Researchers Study Gut Bacteria of Premature Babies
Scientists believe babies are born with digestive systems containing few or no bacteria. Their guts then quickly become colonized by microbes—good and bad—as they nurse or take bottles, receive medication and even as they are passed from one adoring relative to ...More
Growing Human GI Cells May Lead to Personalized Treatments
A method of growing human cells from tissue removed from a patient’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract eventually may help scientists develop tailor-made therapies for inflammatory bowel disease and other GI conditions. ...More
Team Develops Biomarker for Early Detection of Esophageal Cancer
A research team led by Allegheny Health Network surgical oncologist Blair Jobe, MD, has developed and validated a four-protein serum biomarker panel that holds significant promise for early detection of esophageal cancer, a relatively rare but often deadly disease that has ...More
C. difficile Vaccine Proves Safe in Animal Trials
An experimental vaccine protected 100 percent of animal models against the highly infectious and virulent bacterium, Clostridium difficile, which causes an intestinal disease that kills approximately 30,000 Americans annually. The research is published ahead of print in ...More
Fecal Transplants Help Packrats Digest Better
Gastrointestinal endoscopy professionals are well aware of fecal transplants―the procedure that puts healthy gut microbes into a patient who does not have healthy gut microbes. This procedure involves transferring fecal matter from one person to another, via the ...More