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May 29, 2014

Food/Snacking and Fatty Liver

HealthDay News — Frequent snacking, particularly on high-fat and high-sugar foods, is worse for the liver than consuming larger meals, according to a study published online May 13 in Hepatology.

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May 28, 2014

H. Pylori Testing/Eradication

San Francisco—Gastric cancer could be—and should be—essentially eliminated through a program aimed at eradicating Helicobacter pylori, according to one of the foremost researchers in the field, David Graham, MD, professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

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May 27, 2014

Live Cancer Prevention

The liver serves many important functions. These include breaking down and storing many nutrients, secretion of bile juices that are stored in the gallbladder and later transported into the intestines, and filtering and breaking down toxic wastes in the blood. All of these functions can be compromised by liver cancer. The most common type of liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) which begins in the liver cells or hepatocytes cells.

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May 21, 2014

IBD treatments comparable

Infliximab and adalimumab were found to be similarly effective and safe in treating patients with Crohn’s disease in a recent study.

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May 20, 2014


May 19 was World Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Day and yet I am not feeling optimistic or positive like I would normally. Instead I am feeling defeated — defeated by the lack of progress made over the past 365 days toward ascertaining a public understanding of these digestive diseases. I feel defeated by the lives lost over the past year to these diseases, including most recently a beautiful, vivacious 20-year-old.

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Apr 30, 2014

Barrett’s and Cancer

Patients with long-segment Barrett’s esophagus had seven times the risk for progressing to esophageal adenocarcinoma or esophageal high-grade dysplasia than patients with the short-segment condition, according to a recent study.

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Apr 22, 2014

Esophageal Cancer

Newswise — Bethesda, Maryland, (April 22, 2014) – The rate of developing esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) nearly doubles in those who both smoke and drink compared to those who only smoke or drink, according to new research published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Although multiple studies have identified risk factors for the development of ESCC, notably, exposure to alcohol and tobacco, this research is the first meta-analysis to look at the interaction between alcohol and tobacco in the risk of ESCC, a class of esophageal cancer that begins in the flat cells lining the esophagus.

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