Cancer

H Pylori—Are They Gone Yet?

Helicobacter pylori infection can be treated with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and antibiotics, but physicians need ways to determine if the bacteria are completely eradicated months later. In the May issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Luigi Gatta et al. describe a simple blood test that can detect H pylori

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Colon Complications from Anti-Inflammatory Drugs?

Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are known to cause stomach problems, but a large prospective study by Lisa Strate et al. in the May issue of Gastroenterology shows that they can also damage the colon, causing diverticulitis and diverticular bleeding. Strate et al. tracked the use of aspirin,

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Origins of Gastric Cancer

Gastric tumors can arise from a single mutation in a single stomach gland, according to Lydia Gutierrez-Gonzalez et al. in the April issue of Gastroenterology. To study how gastric dysplasias form and expand, Gutierrez-Gonzalez et al. analyzed 23 samples of gastric epithelium from patients who received surgery for gastric adenocarcinoma

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Cleaning for Colonoscopy

GoLytely better prepares the colon for screening colonoscopy than MiraLAX, report Michael Hjelkrem et al. in the April issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Efficient cleansing of the colon is one of the most important factors for successful colonscopy examination, but also a major reason that patients avoid screening—because of

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Tracking Pancreatic Cancer Cells

Tumors spread to other parts of the body when cancer cells can escape into the bloodstream, although it is not exactly clear how they enter the circulation or decide where to form new tumors. Andrew Rhim and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a technology to label tumor

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Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Prevent Colorectal Cancer (for Some)

Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs prevent colorectal cancer (CRC) in some people but not others, according to the March issue of Gastroenterology. Andrew Chan et al. found that these drugs reduce the risk of CRC only in women with high levels of soluble tumor necrosis factor receptor 2 (sTNFR-2), a

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An HIV Protein and Telomerase Inhibitor Join Forces Against Cancer

Researchers have found a way to specifically kill liver cancer cells and stop tumor growth. In the January issue of Gastroenterology, Guangming Chen et al. report that fusion of a natural inhibitor of telomerase to an HIV protein stops proliferation of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells and growth of liver tumors

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Colorectal Cancer in Cowden Syndrome

Patients with Cowden syndrome (CS) are at high risk for early-onset colorectal cancer, according to the December issue of Gastroenterology. CS is caused by mutations in the tumor suppressor gene phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN). Patients typically have mucocutaneous lesions, large-sized heads, and increased risk for breast, thyroid, and endometrial

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In CRC Screening, Location Matters

Colonoscopy screening reduces mortality from cancers of the distal, but not proximal, colon, according to a study published in the October issue of Gastroenterology. Harminder Singh et al. studied mortality from CRC among more than 55,000 people that had received screening colonoscopies, compared with the general population. They found that

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Who Has the Greatest Risk for Colorectal Cancer?

Men and smokers have the greatest risk for developing colorectal neoplasms—even more than people with a family history of this cancer—according to Michael Hoffmeister et al. in the October issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Current guidelines recommend that individuals with a family history of colorectal cancer (CRC), inflammatory bowel

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