For adults and children diagnosed with celiac disease, the only treatment is a gluten-free diet, which can be very challenging. Gastroenterologists at Rush University Medical Center are conducting a new study to see if mind/body techniques could help patients with celiac disease adhere to the very strict diet. Celiac disease is a lifelong digestive disease affecting children and adults. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein found in almost all food products as well as medicines, vitamins and lip balms. Gluten can damage the small intestine and interfere with absorption of nutrients from food. "Eating even a small amount of gluten can damage the small intestine, " said Dr.
All critical care units in the UK are being encouraged to review how they look after patients whose abdomens are left open after surgery or injury. This comes after a specialist unit raised concerns to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) that there may be a link between one of the treatments currently used, called Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT), and patients developing intestinal fistulae, a potentially serious condition which can cause infection and bowel leaking. NPWT is used to treat patients with open abdomens (laparostomies) where the intestine and other internal organs are exposed; for example when there is severe infection or to allow further treatment inside the abdomen.
Four studies from the seventh annual Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancers Symposium Press Program will be highlighted in an embargoed presscast (press briefing via live webcast) on Wednesday, January 20, from 12:00-1:30 PM (EST). The featured studies will focus on advances in the detection and treatment of colorectal, gastric and pancreatic cancers. During the presscast, researchers will present four featured studies, including: - Findings on the effectiveness of a simple CD24 blood test for detecting colorectal cancer and polyps. CD24 is a protein involved in colorectal cancer cell adhesion and metastasis. - Results of a study evaluating the PAM4 antibody assay for detecting early-stage pancreatic cancer.
US health officials have confirmed samples from a pair of African drums used in a drumming circle attended by a New Hampshire woman who is severely ill in hospital with gastrointestinal anthrax have tested positive for the deadly bacterium. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) confirmed on Monday that test samples from two African drums stored at a building belonging to the the United Campus Ministry to the University of New Hampshire in downtown Durham have come back positive for anthrax, but stressed they have not been confirmed as the source of the infection and additional tests are still going on. The DHHS said that over the weekend, members of the the New Hampshire National Guard, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, and the US Environmental Protection Agency collected environmental samples from the United Campus Ministry building and African drums stored there: the infected woman, who is from Strafford County, took part in a drumming circle held in that building.
GI Dynamics, a leader in non-surgical, endoscopic treatments for type 2 diabetes and obesity, today announced that it has received European CE mark approval for the EndoBarrier™ , a non-surgical therapy to treat type 2 diabetes and obesity. The CE marking (an acronym for the French "Conformite Europeenne") certifies that a product has met EU requirements for marketing in Europe. Clinical trials involving more than 270 patients have demonstrated the significant weight loss and diabetes improvement achieved with the EndoBarrier Gastrointestinal Liner. "Based on the clinical results to date, we believe the EndoBarrier, as part of a multidisciplinary approach, has the potential to change the treatment paradigm for type 2 diabetes and weight problems, " stated Jan Willem Greve, M.
The pinworm, also known as threadworm, seatworm, and formally known as Enterobius vermicularis, is a very common intestinal parasite. Enterobiasis, or oaxyuriasis refers to the medical condition associated with pinworm infestation. Pinworm is the most common type of roundworm found in the USA. They are parasites that use the human body to survive and reproduce. The pinworm's microscopic eggs hatch and grow into adults in the human body - adults measure from 0.2 to 0.4 inches (5 to 10 millimeters). The worms mature in the intestine and then move through the digestive system to lay eggs in the anal area. Adult worms, which are white and look like small pieces of thread, live for up to six weeks.