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A retrospective cohort study of post colorectal surgery and trips to the emergency department (ED) is discussed in the journal of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum. In order to increase prevention of return ED visits—approximately 11% of patients—researchers characterized the factors that brought...

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To help fulfill its mission to champion “the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of digestive disorders, serving as a beacon to guide the delivery of the highest quality, compassionate, and evidence-based patient care,” The American College of Gastroenterology has devoted its October issue of The...

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Although scientists noted a vitamin D deficiency in irritable bowel syndrome sufferers, a new study of vitamin D supplementation showed no improvement in symptoms. The study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, randomized 135 participants to receive daily vitamin D supplements or a...

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An article published in the American Journal of Physiology Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology discussed a study of visceral pain, the goal of which was to “test the hypothesis that the microglia in the central nucleus of amygdala contribute to chronic stress-induced visceral hypersensitivity via...

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An effectiveness trial published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology compares kiwi fruit to prunes and psyllium in reducing constipation. Chronic constipation is a gastrointestinal disorder that includes functional constipation and irritable bowel syndrome with constipation, and symptoms...

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Most practitioners know that their parents with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) experience pain and decreased quality of life. What they may not be aware of is the prevalence of sexual dysfunction in this patient population. A study published in International Journal of General Medicine illustrated...

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Is placebo blinding necessary? It has been thought that patient blinding to a placebo was necessary for success. However, a study published in the journal Pain compared standard placebo treatment to an open-label, or “honest” placebo. The study, of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, had two...

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Urinary tract infections are common and hard to treat. UTIs lead to more UTIs. Researchers report findings in the PNAS journal of a new vaccine delivered directly to the bladder that would help the body fight infection through reprograming. The vaccine would destroy bladder bacteria and help prevent...

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The American College of Gastroenterology has published its first-ever guideline for the management of irritable bowel syndrome. Guideline coauthor Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG, commented, "We identified 25 clinically important questions that clinicians frequently ask and then used GRADE (Grading of...

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The Journal of Pediatrics recently published findings from a study of children and teens with recurring abdominal pain. Natoshia Cunningham, an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine in the MSU College of Human Medicine and lead author of the study, commented that “anxiety is very...

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