Digestive Disease Week

No Benefit for Nasogastric Tube in Uppper GI Bleeding
May 06, 2014

New study data suggest that routine placement of such a tube is not helpful in patients with upper GI bleeding.

Treat the GERD and Sleep Will Follow
May 06, 2014

Does sleep improve in asymptomatic patients with GERD when their reflux is treated aggressively? Researchers at Digestive Disease Week 2014 offered an answer.

A Medical Device to Relieve Constipation
May 06, 2014

An oral capsule that vibrates as it moves through the digestive tract may become a unique nonpharmacological treatment for chronic constipation.

Rabeprazole with Aspirin or NSAIDs Prevents Upper GI Problems
May 06, 2014

Studies confirm that this proton pump inhibitor in patients taking low-dose aspirin or NSAIDs is highly effective in preventing upper GI ulcers or bleeding.

Probiotics Enhance Eradication of H Pylori When Added to Standard Therapy
May 06, 2014

Two studies presented at Digestive Disease Week 2014 found that probiotics, when added to standard triple therapy, enhance cure rate and may reduce treatment side effects and disease symptoms.

Higher Mortality in Lean, Not Obese, Patients With Fatty Liver Disease
May 05, 2014

A multicenter, 1090-patient, retrospective, 20-year study of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease produced surprising results.

Colonoscopic Polypectomy Cuts Hospital Time
May 05, 2014

Surgical techniques to remove precancerous polyps during colonoscopies can substantially reduce recovery time and the length of hospital stays, a new study shows.

Liver Damage Attenuated by Bariatric Surgery: New Treatment of Choice?
May 05, 2014

A retrospective study presented at Digestive Disease Week 2014 suggests that bariatric surgery could be viable first-line therapy for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Less Costly, Patient-Friendly Therapy for Bleeding Ulcers Just as Effective as Standard of Care
May 05, 2014

A new study points to the need to revise the current standard of care for patients with bleeding ulcers. Intermittent proton pump therapy is an equally safe, less costly, more comfortable alternative for patients than standard care.

What Cause of an Ulcer after Roux-en-Y Bypass Surgery?
April 29, 2014

This 42-year-old woman lost 100 lb during the year after gastric bypass surgery. Now, she is diagnosed as having an ulcer. What might be the cause of the lesion?