Researchers document impact of coffee on bowels

San Diego, Calif. (May 19, 2019) — Coffee drinkers know that coffee helps keep the bowels moving, but researchers in Texas are trying to find out exactly why this is true, and it doesn’t seem to be about the caffeine, according to a study presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2019. Researchers, feeding rats coffee […]

Walking and strength training may decrease the risk of dying from liver disease

San Diego, Calif. (May 19, 2019) — Physical activity, including walking and muscle-strengthening activities, were associated with significantly reduced risk of cirrhosis-related death, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2019. Chronic liver disease is increasing, partly due to the obesity epidemic, and currently there are no guidelines for the optimal type of […]

Button batteries can rapidly damage stomach lining before symptoms appear

San Diego, CA (May 18, 2019) — Damage to the lining of the stomach can occur quickly when children swallow button batteries; therefore, clinicians should consider prompt endoscopic removal, even when the child is symptom free and the battery has passed safely through the narrow esophagus, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) […]

Minimally invasive procedure shows promise in combating obesity

San Diego, Calif. (May 9, 2019) — Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG), a relatively new, minimally invasive weight-loss procedure, resulted in significant total body weight loss in the first long-term study to follow patients’ progress over five years, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2019. Researchers hope these results will help solve a […]

First randomized controlled trial of fecal transplants for obesity shows potential progress

San Diego, Calif. (May 9, 2019) — Using capsules filled with fecal matter from a lean donor, researchers successfully changed some of the composition of the gut microbiota of patients with obesity, a possible step toward a new treatment for weight loss.  In the first randomized controlled trial of fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in metabolically […]

Appendix removal associated with development of Parkinson’s disease

San Diego, Calif. (May 9, 2019) — Patients who had their appendix removed were more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those whose appendix remained in place, according to the largest study to address the relationship between the two conditions. The retrospective study involving more than 62 million patient records from 26 health systems will […]

Digestive Disease Week® 2019 Patient Advocate Travel Awards

Bethesda, MD (Feb. 11, 2019) — Discussion of the newest scientific and medical discoveries can be difficult for patients to understand but can be of great importance to the care and management of their digestive diseases. Patient bloggers, influencers and advocates have experience working with health care providers and scientists to review and understand the latest […]

DDW® 2019 offers reporters access to leading research in digestive health

Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) will host its 50th annual scientific meeting in San Diego, CA, from May 18-21, 2019, 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 […]