• A Nanoparticle-based Approach to Selectively Target Hepatocellular Carcinomas

A Nanoparticle-based Approach to Selectively Target Hepatocellular Carcinomas

Researchers have created nanoparticles that selectively kill hepatoma cells and reduce growth of liver tumors in rats, they report in the February issue of Gastroenterology. They show that the particles induce tumor-specific necrosis by selectively disrupting redox balance within cancer cells. Dietary intake of the natural omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic

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  • Can we Reduce Muscle Cramps in Patients with Cirrhosis?

Can we Reduce Muscle Cramps in Patients with Cirrhosis?

L-carnitine appears to be safe and effective for reducing muscle cramps in patients with cirrhosis, researchers report in the August issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Many patients with cirrhosis develop frequent muscle cramps, which reduce their quality of life. L-carnitine (L-beta-hydroxy-gamma-N-trimethyl aminobutyric acid) is an amino acid that transports

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  • What Causes Visceral Hypersensitivity in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

What Causes Visceral Hypersensitivity in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Colon tissues from patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) produce increased levels of specific polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) metabolites, which stimulate sensory neurons to generate visceral hypersensitivity. This occurs via activation of transient receptor potential (TRP) cation channels, researchers show in the August issue of Gastroenterology. IBS is characterized by abdominal

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  • The Same Path to Pancreatitis From Alcohol Abuse or Cystic Fibrosis?

The Same Path to Pancreatitis From Alcohol Abuse or Cystic Fibrosis?

Excessive alcohol consumption disrupts expression and localization of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), researchers report in the February issue of Gastroenterology. People with loss-of-function mutations in the CFTR develop cystic fibrosis and are at risk for pancreatitis—the finding that alcohol intake also alters this protein could provide insight

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