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  • Is Moderate Alcohol Use a Risk Factor for Nonalcoholic Liver Disease?

Is Moderate Alcohol Use a Risk Factor for Nonalcoholic Liver Disease?

Researchers report an association between alcohol use and liver fat—even after heavy users of alcohol were excluded from the analysis. Finding from the study, published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, indicate that alcohol use is a risk factor for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Many individuals presumed to have NAFLD

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Addition of Nucleic Acid Polymers Improves Outcomes of Patients With HBV Infection

Addition of nucleic acid polymers (NAPs), which inhibit assembly and secretion of hepatitis B virus (HBV) subviral particles, to tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) and pegIFN therapy significantly increased rates of HBsAg loss and seroconversion, and functional cure, after therapy, researchers report in Gastroenterology. Chronic HBV infection causes progressive liver fibrosis,

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  • Diarrhea and Other Gastroenterologic Effects of COVID-19

Diarrhea and Other Gastroenterologic Effects of COVID-19

Diarrhea is a frequent symptom in patients infected with SARS-CoV-2, researchers report in articles published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Researchers propose suspecting COVID-19 in any patient with diarrhea, even in the absence of respiratory symptoms, and taking appropriate precautions and approaching endoscopy as a procedure with high risk of

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  • COVID-19 Detected in Gastrointestinal Tract and Feces

COVID-19 Detected in Gastrointestinal Tract and Feces

SARS-CoV-2  (COVID-19) and its receptor are present in the gastrointestinal tract, even after clearance of the virus from respiratory tract, researchers report in Gastroenterology. Infection with COVID-19 causes respiratory illnesses including severe respiratory syndrome (SARS), so it infects respiratory epithelial cells and spreads via respiratory tract. However, the viral target

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  • Time for Peer Review Week!

Time for Peer Review Week!

September 19th to 25th is Peer Review Week! Peer Review Week is a global event celebrating the essential role that peer review has in maintaining scientific quality. The goal is to bring together individuals, institutions, and organizations committed to sharing the central message that good peer review, whatever shape or form it

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  • High Impact Factors for Gastroenterology and CGH

High Impact Factors for Gastroenterology and CGH

Thomson Reuters has released its Impact Factor rankings for 2015 this week, and Gastroenterology remains the highest-ranked journal in GI and hepatology, with an impact factor of 18.187. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CGH) follows closely behind, with an impact factor of 7.680. For the second consecutive year, Gastroenterology reached an all-time high impact

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  • Can Blood Levels of Ammonia Predict Risk and Frequency of Hepatic Encephalopathy in Patients With Cirrhosis?

Can Blood Levels of Ammonia Predict Risk and Frequency of Hepatic Encephalopathy in Patients With Cirrhosis?

Fasting levels of ammonia (NH3) in blood identify patients at risk for complications of overt hepatic encephalopathy (HE), researchers report in the June issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Patients with HE might benefit from NH3-lowering therapy. Humans have no repository for excess dietary nitrogen, so we convert excess dietary

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  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on Chopping Block

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on Chopping Block

The US House of Representatives Appropriations committee has aimed to get rid of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), long disliked by some members of Congress. Last month, the House committee approved a spending bill that would give the NIH a $1.1 billion raise next year. However, some

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  • Special Issue: Food, the Immune System, and the GI Tract

Special Issue: Food, the Immune System, and the GI Tract

The digestion of food and absorption of nutrients is the principal role of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract—everyone wants to know what we should eat and how it affects our body. Interactions between food and the immune system affect our microbiome, development of food allergies, nutrition, risk for inflammatory disorders or cancer, and even

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See What's New!

Welcome to the new and improved AGA Journals Blog! We have redesigned our blog to make it easier to navigate, and will provide more frequent updates on GI and hepatology research findings. As always, the AGA Journals Blog will be your place to learn about the latest research discoveries, advances

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