Pancreas

A Special Issue: the Exocrine Pancreas and its Disorders

Everything you ever wanted to know about the pancreas, its development and function, and the pathogenesis and treatment of its disorders are now covered in a special issue of Gastroenterology. Pancreatology is a rapidly developing field—recent findings from molecular and genetic studies are being developed into new treatment strategies. To update

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Can We Increase the Sensitivity of Pancreatic Cancer Cells to Chemotherapeutics?

Researchers have identified small molecules that increase the ability of chemotherapeutic agents to kill pancreatic cancer cells and slow tumor growth in mice, according to the February issue of Gastroenterology. One way that chemotherapeutics such gemcitabine, 5-fluorouracil, and platinum-based compounds kill cancer cells is by causing tumor suppressor proteins to

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Could Intestinal Microbes Reduce Insulin Resistance?

The intestinal microbiota can be manipulated to increase insulin sensitivity in people with metabolic syndrome, according to a study published in the October issue of Gastroenterology. The trillions of microorganisms that reside in the human intestine are important regulators of metabolism. Changes in their composition and metabolic function have been

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Can Antioxidants Reduce Pain from Chronic Pancreatitis?

A randomized, placebo-controlled trial published in the September issue of Gastroenterology found that antioxidants do not reduce pain or improve quality of life in patients with chronic pancreatitis—at least for middle-aged patients with alcohol- or smoking-related disease. Chronic pancreatitis is characterized by inflammation of the pancreas, with loss of normal

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Surgery, Endocopy, or Medicine for Chronic Pancreatitis?

Endoscopic therapy can be the best initial approach for patients with chronic pancreatitis, according to the July issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Chronic pancreatitis is a progressive inflammatory disease characterized by abdominal pain and damage to endocrine and exocrine pancreatic tissue. Much of the pain results from intraductal hypertension, caused

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What Causes Pancreatitis?

Trypsinogen might not be the sole culprit in acute pancreatitis, contradicting a century-old model of this disease; a new model is published in the December issue of Gastroenterology. Trypsinogen is a pancreatic protein that is converted in acinar cells to the enzyme trypsin—a protease that is important for digestion and

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Do Stents Prevent Pancreatitis After ERCP?

Pancreatic duct stents reduce the incidence of pancreatitis following endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), according to a study published in the October issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Pancreatitis is the most common and potentially serious complication following ERCP, occurring in up to 9% of patients that receive this procedure and

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Successful Surgery for Children with Chronic Pancreatitis

Total pancreatectomy, accompanied by auto-transplantation of islet cells, increases the quality of life for children with severe chronic pancreatitis, according to Melena Bellin et al. in the September issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Chronic pancreatitis is rare among children, but is painful and progressive and can lead to narcotic

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Fluid Resuscitation for Acute Pancreatitis—When and With What?

Patients that are given fluid resuscitation within 24 hours of developing acute pancreatitis are less likely to experience systemic inflammatory response (SIR) or organ failure, according to a study by Matthew G. Warndorf et al. in the August issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Acute pancreatitis is an inflammatory process

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Dangerous Diabetes Drugs?

The drugs sitagliptin and exenatide, used to treat patients with type 2 diabetes, increase risk for pancreatitis and cancer, according to a study from Michael Elashoff and colleagues published in the July issue of Gastroenterology. The authors examined the United States (US) Food and Drug Administration’s database of reported adverse

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