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Bethesda, MD (June 26, 2017) — Highlighting the most relevant, up-to-date and cutting-edge science, Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery, and 2017 saw a successful meeting. DDW is jointly sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT).  Recognized as a top 50 medical meeting, DDW 2017 ...
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Researchers cite future role in improving acceptance, accuracy of colonoscopy Chicago, IL (May 8, 2017) — New research shows that an 18-mm magnetized capsule colonoscope, which can be paired with standard medical instruments, successfully performed intricate maneuvers inside the colon while guided by an external magnet attached to a robotic arm. Researchers believe this technology will reduce the potential discomfort of colonoscopies and lead to more people undergoing the life-saving screening test. This new study was presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017 , the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in ...
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Study finds enzyme breaks down small amounts of gluten within the digestive system   Chicago, IL (May 7, 2017) — Researchers have found that taking an enzyme tablet while consuming foods containing gluten prevents a significant amount of it from entering the small intestine. This could enable gluten-sensitive patients to ingest small quantities of gluten without experiencing symptoms, such as bloating, diarrhea and abdominal pain. The encouraging results from the enzyme known as aspergillus niger -derived prolyl endoprotease (AN-PEP) were presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017 , the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers ...
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Less-invasive method also allows patients to return home on same day   Chicago, IL (May 7, 2017) — A new study finds that individuals struggling with obesity who are not candidates for weight-loss surgery can benefit substantially from non-surgical endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017 , the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Patients who underwent ESG — a procedure performed through the mouth with an endoscope to “accordion” the stomach by suturing pleats ...
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Researchers say carriers of a specific genotype could be evaluated earlier for liver transplants                                                     Chicago, IL (May 6, 2017) — Genotyping of patients with advanced cirrhosis from hepatitis C virus could help health-care professionals predict the likelihood of improvement after successful hepatitis C treatment, thus minimizing the need for liver transplants. This study was presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017 , the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. “Our findings ...
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WHAT:    A webinar media briefing with researchers to preview studies being presented at Digestive Disease Week ® (DDW) 2017 in Chicago.   WHO:    Grace Elta, MD , chair, DDW Council               Winston Dunn, MD, associate professor, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City               Reem Z. Sharaiha, MD, MSc , assistant professor, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY               Keith Obstein, MD, MPH, associate professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN               Julia König, PhD, post-doctoral research fellow, School of Medical Sciences at University of Örebro, ...
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Media Registration Now Open Digestive Disease Week(r) (DDW) returns to Chicago, IL, from May 6-9, 2017, bringing together physicians, researchers and academics from across the world. Recognized as a top 50 medical meeting, this is your opportunity to learn cutting-edge medical advances and report on the latest research in gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. This years press program will offer reporters multiple opportunities to interact with leading researchers from the field. Pre-conference webinar : A week before DDW 2017, Dr. Grace Elta, chair of the DDW conference, will moderate a panel of experts highlighting ...
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Bethesda, MD (March 1, 2017) Digestive Disease Week(r) (DDW) is pleased to announce that our newly redesigned website, www.ddw.org , won an honorable mention award from AVA Digital, an international competition that recognizes outstanding work by creative professionals. DDW restructured the website to improve attendees experiences, by learning how attendees use the meeting website, and how it could better structured to meet their needs. As a result, several major changes were implemented: Mobile-First: In the past year alone, mobile traffic on org has grown more than 60 percent. The new site is completely mobile friendly which better allows ...
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Bethesda, MD (Feb. 2, 2017) As the largest international medical meeting dedicated to the science and practice of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery, Digestive Disease Week (DDW(r)) occurs each year to facilitate the exchange of scientific knowledge and breakthroughs in digestive disorders. The leadership of DDW believes that the recent executive order banning travel of foreign nationals and refugees from seven countries to the U.S. will stifle discussion among members of the scientific community. Presentations and meetings that occur during DDW allow physicians and scientists from around the world to learn about and discuss ...
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Jan. 9, 2017 Digestive Disease Week(r) (DDW) is pleased to announce that DDW TV will be returning once again at DDW 2017 in Chicago, IL. DDW TV brings a different element to the conference using video and is a great platform to learn about best practices in gastroenterology, hepatology, GI endoscopy, gastrointestinal surgery and related fields. Partnering again with international film and broadcasting company WebsEdge, DDW TV will produce a new episode each day of the conference featuring: Conference News: On site, DDW TV will film expert interviews, capture session highlights, and hear delegates insights and reactions from around the meeting. ...
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Fecal microbiota transplantation relieves symptoms, heals the colon San Diego, CA (May 23, 2016) Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) a treatment currently used to address recurring Clostridium difficile infection is also an effective approach to helping individuals who suffer from ulcerative colitis (UC), according to a study being presented at Digestive Disease Week(r) (DDW) 2016, the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Researchers in Australia found that one in four patients who were resistant or intolerant to conventional ...
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Researchers find cancers are more advanced in those diagnosed before 50 San Diego, CA (May 24, 2016) A new study shows the rate of colorectal cancer (CRC) continues to increase in individuals under 50 years old, despite the fact that the overall rate of the disease has been declining in recent years. Following examination of more than 1 million CRC patient records over 10 years, researchers suggested that health-care providers should be more vigilant about detecting symptoms in younger patients. The findings were presented at Digestive Disease Week(r) (DDW) 2016, the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields ...
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Low-Residue Diet Yields Better Bowel Preparation, Higher Patient Satisfaction San Diego, CA (May 23, 2016) Theres good news for patients who dread the clear-liquid diet before a colonoscopy. A new study finds that patients who ate certain solid foods, considered low residue, were better prepared for their colonoscopies than individuals who followed the conventional liquid diet. Additionally, researchers saw that these patients who ate foods such as eggs, white bread, cheese, white rice and chicken breast the day before their screening were more comfortable during the 24 hours leading up to the test than individuals who could only have apple juice, ...
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Patients using the Obalon six-month balloon system lost twice as much weight as control group San Diego, CA (May 24, 2016) People with obesity who are struggling to control their weight might soon have a new treatment option swallowing gas-filled balloons that help them eat less, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week(r) (DDW) 2016, the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Study participants who had a body-mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40 lost nearly 7 percent of their weight, on average, after using the ...
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Blacks have greater risk of mortality and are transplanted less often San Diego, CA (May 23, 2016) Black patients diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common liver cancer, had a 33 percent increased risk of death compared to non-Hispanic whites. They also were far less likely to receive life-saving liver transplants, according to a new study being presented at Digestive Disease Week(r) (DDW) 2016, the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. When we looked at a diverse sample of patients being diagnosed with ...