• Can THC Relieve Chronic Abdominal Pain?

Can THC Relieve Chronic Abdominal Pain?

In a phase 2 study, researchers found no difference between a delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) tablet and a placebo tablet in reducing pain measures in patients with chronic abdominal pain from pancreatitis or surgery. Authors Marjan de Vries and Harry van Goor explain their findings in their video abstract: The study was

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  • What is the Active Ingredient in FMT for CDI?

What is the Active Ingredient in FMT for CDI?

Sterile fecal filtrates—containing bacterial debris, proteins, antimicrobial compounds, metabolic products, and microbial DNA, rather than intact microorganisms—appear to be effective for treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), researchers report in the March issue of Gastroenterology. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is an effective therapy of recurrent CDI—a single treatment resolves

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  • A Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Procedure Instead of Bariatric Surgery?

A Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Procedure Instead of Bariatric Surgery?

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) delays gastric emptying, induces early satiation, and significantly reduces body weight, researchers report in the January issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. ESG could therefore be an alternative to bariatric surgery for some patients with obesity. Although bariatric surgery is the most effective therapy for obesity,

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  • How Can We Study Genetic Heterogeneity Within Hepatocellular Carcinomas?

How Can We Study Genetic Heterogeneity Within Hepatocellular Carcinomas?

Researchers have developed a patient-derived cell line-based model to study how intratumor heterogeneity affects sensitivity of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) to different therapeutic agents, reported in the January issue of Gastroenterology. HCCs have a large amount of genetic heterogeneity within each tumor, making them difficult to treat. Multiple regions of tumors

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  • Can Yoga Reduce Symptoms of IBS?

Can Yoga Reduce Symptoms of IBS?

Yoga might be a feasible and safe adjunct treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a systematic review shows in the December issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The review found evidence for beneficial effects of yoga on gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, quality of life, and anxiety, although further studies are needed. IBS is

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  • Does Pancreatectomy With Islet Autotransplantation Benefit Patients With Recurrent Acute Pancreatitis?

Does Pancreatectomy With Islet Autotransplantation Benefit Patients With Recurrent Acute Pancreatitis?

In patients with recurrent acute pancreatitis, total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT) reduces pain and requirements for narcotic therapy, and increases quality of life, researchers report in the September issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. This treatment should be considered when medical and endoscopic therapies have failed. Recurrent acute pancreatitis, caused

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  • Can Nutritional Therapy Help Patients with Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy?

Can Nutritional Therapy Help Patients with Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy?

Nutritional therapy for patients with cirrhosis and minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) not only improves their nutritional status, but increases cognitive function, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and liver function and reduces hospitalization, researchers report in the March issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. HE is a spectrum of neuropsychiatric abnormalities that develops in

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  • 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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  • Do Patients Continue Behavioral, Relaxation, and Dietary Strategies for IBS?

Do Patients Continue Behavioral, Relaxation, and Dietary Strategies for IBS?

A combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation, and dietary strategies reduced symptoms and increased quality of life in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), compared with usual care, researchers report in the February issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The program produced sustainable behavioral changes in almost all participants after

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  • Is Combination Therapy Most Effective for HBV Infection?

Is Combination Therapy Most Effective for HBV Infection?

A significantly greater proportion of patients receiving a combination of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) and pegylated interferon-α (peginterferon) for 48 weeks lost hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), a marker of hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA transcriptional activity, compared to patients given the standard care (peginterferon or TDF alone), researchers report

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