Pairing Bariatric Procedure with Diabetes Drug Increases Weight Loss

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty combined with semaglutide produces results similar to surgery Bethesda, MD (May 14, 2021) — Combining minimally invasive endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) with the diabetes drug semaglutide can provide additional significant weight loss for patients who are not candidates for invasive weight-loss surgery, according to research that was selected for presentation at Digestive […]

Pancreatic Cancer Trials Fail to Include Minorities Despite Worse Outcomes

More trials report race, ethnicity and gender, but disparities in trial inclusion continue Bethesda, MD (May 14, 2021) — Despite the fact that certain racial and ethnic minorities get pancreatic cancer more often, are diagnosed at a younger age and die sooner, clinical trials fail to include representative proportions of non-White patients at every phase […]

COVID-19 Pandemic Sees Increased Consults for Alcohol-Related GI and Liver Diseases

Proportion of consults remained elevated even after re-opening Bethesda, MD (May 14, 2021) — Inpatient consults for alcohol-related gastrointestinal (GI) and liver diseases have surged since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and remained elevated, according to research selected for presentation at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2021. The proportion of patients that required inpatient endoscopic […]

Probiotics Associated with Fewer Respiratory Symptoms in Overweight and Older People

Findings provide further evidence of relationship between the gut and lungs Bethesda, MD (May 14, 2021) — Daily probiotic use was associated with fewer upper respiratory symptoms in overweight and older people, according to a study that suggests a potential role for probiotics in preventing respiratory infections. The study was selected for presentation at Digestive Disease […]

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) […]