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Study quantifies adherence to recommended surveillance colonoscopy in average-risk patients

According to a new study, endoscopists' recommendations for timing of surveillance colonoscopy in average-risk patients with one to two small polyps are consistent with guideline recommendations in about 90 percent of cases. T [More]
Research roundup: Mental health parity; nurses' workload; can restaurants reduce portion size?

Research roundup: Mental health parity; nurses' workload; can restaurants reduce portion size?

Historically, health insurance covered mental health care differently than other medical care. Recent laws have begun bringing them into balance. ... Congress passed the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) in 2008. ... the MHPAEA applied to large group health plans, both fully and self-insured, and included a cost exemption. [More]
Research report on global ophthalmology devices market

Research report on global ophthalmology devices market

The "Ophthalmology Devices Market (Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Scanner, Fundus Camera, Tonometer, Pachymeter, Perimeter, Slit Lamp, Excimer, YAG Laser, Femtosecond Laser, IOL, Contact Lens) - Competitive Landscape & Global Forecasts to 2018", published by MarketsandMarkets, the ophthalmology devices market inclusive of diagnostic, monitoring and surgical devices is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.8% to reach $9,466.7 Million by 2018. [More]

EndoChoice launches website to provide patients with latest information on colorectal cancer screening

EndoChoice Inc. maker of the Fuse Full Spectrum Endoscopy system that allows doctors to see more of the GI tract than ever before today announced the launch of FuseColonoscopy.org to provide patients with the latest information on colorectal cancer screening. [More]

Covidien closes acquisition of Given Imaging

Covidien plc today announced that it has closed its acquisition of Given Imaging Ltd., providing the company additional scale and scope to serve a significant medical specialty, the multibillion dollar global gastrointestinal (GI) market. [More]
Experts offer eight ways to help prevent colorectal cancer

Experts offer eight ways to help prevent colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer does not always manifest in symptoms, which may include blood in or on the stool, constant stomach pains, and unexplainable weight loss. "Colon cancer is common in both men and women. [More]

Fujifilm launches latest healthcare technologies at 2014 HIMSS conference and exhibit

FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc., will be showing several new technologies at the 2014 annual meeting of the Healthcare Informatics Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference and exhibit in Orlando, FL from February 23-27, 2014. [More]

Addition of confocal laser endomicroscopy to HDWLE improves diagnosis of Barrett's esophagus

New research shows that the addition of confocal laser endomicroscopy to high-definition white-light endoscopy enables improved real-time endoscopic diagnosis of Barrett's esophagus dysplasia (neoplastic tissue) by using targeted biopsies of abnormal mucosa to reduce unnecessary mucosal biopsies and potentially reduce costs. [More]
Cook Medical introduces first endobronchial ultrasound needle in the U.S

Cook Medical introduces first endobronchial ultrasound needle in the U.S

Cook Medical is introducing the first endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) needle in the U.S. that can acquire histological samples. The EchoTip ProCore Endobronchial Ultrasound Needle gives physicians the ability to retrieve both cell and tissue samples from lymph nodes or tumors in the pulmonary area. [More]
Researchers discover highly accurate, noninvasive test to identify benign pancreatic cysts

Researchers discover highly accurate, noninvasive test to identify benign pancreatic cysts

Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have discovered a highly accurate, noninvasive test to identify benign pancreatic cysts, which could spare patients years of nerve-racking trips to the doctor or potentially dangerous surgery. [More]

New guideline presents recommendations for endoscopy units in prioritizing safety efforts

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has issued "Guidelines for safety in the gastrointestinal endoscopy unit." The purpose of this new guideline is to present recommendations for endoscopy units in implementing and prioritizing safety efforts and to provide an endoscopy-specific guideline by which to evaluate endoscopy units. [More]
eInfochips launches Andromeda Reference Platform for medical imaging and telemedicine designers

eInfochips launches Andromeda Reference Platform for medical imaging and telemedicine designers

The video processing system includes the system hardware and software that design teams need for fast time-to-application development [More]
Erosive GERD treatments: an interview with Professor Joaquim Moraes-Filho, University of São Paulo Medical School

Erosive GERD treatments: an interview with Professor Joaquim Moraes-Filho, University of São Paulo Medical School

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a condition that develops when the reflux of stomach contents causes troublesome symptoms and/or complications. [More]

BUSM researcher receives grant for advancement in early detection, treatment of esophageal cancer

Tony Godfrey, PhD, associate chair of research in the department of surgery at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC), was recently awarded a two-year, $225,000 grant from the DeGregorio Family Foundation for Gastric and Esophageal Cancer Research & Education. [More]
Gastric bypass and cardiovascular disease risk: an interview with Dr. Brethauer, Cleveland Clinic

Gastric bypass and cardiovascular disease risk: an interview with Dr. Brethauer, Cleveland Clinic

Gastric bypass surgery is a type of bariatric operation that results in weight loss and stimulates metabolic effects that treat diabetes and other cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension. [More]
Reflux disease diagnosis: an interview with Professor Peter Dettmar, Managing Director of RD Biomed Limited

Reflux disease diagnosis: an interview with Professor Peter Dettmar, Managing Director of RD Biomed Limited

Generally speaking, reflux has been a major chronic issue for probably the last 40 or 50 years. When you look at the global population, depending on which country we're talking about, around 20% to 40% of individuals have reflux disease within their populations. [More]
Two on-the-rise esophagus conditions can be the result of food allergy, say doctors

Two on-the-rise esophagus conditions can be the result of food allergy, say doctors

Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine found that two on-the-rise esophagus conditions are so similar that even a biopsy is not enough to distinguish one disease from the other. [More]
Brazilian study provides evidence to support effectiveness of Tecta in erosive GERD

Brazilian study provides evidence to support effectiveness of Tecta in erosive GERD

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International GmbH announced today results showing pantoprazole magnesium 40 mg (Tecta) was as effective as esomeprazole 40 mg for achieving complete remission (defined as combined endoscopic healing and symptomatic relief) and the mucosal healing rate was high, whilst providing significantly higher symptom relief after 8 weeks. [More]
Cook Medical begins clinical study to evaluate removability of Evolution Esophageal Fully Covered Stent

Cook Medical begins clinical study to evaluate removability of Evolution Esophageal Fully Covered Stent

Cook Medical has initiated a clinical study in the U.S. to evaluate the removability of a new Evolution Esophageal Fully Covered Stent. This is the first multicenter U.S. study to evaluate the possibility of removing a self-expanding metal stent after malignant and benign strictures have been treated. The stent design used in the study has been modified to accommodate retrieval. [More]

Covidien signs definitive agreement to acquire outstanding shares of Given Imaging

Covidien plc and Given Imaging Ltd. today announced a definitive agreement under which Covidien will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Given Imaging for $30.00 per share in cash, for a total of approximately $860 million, net of cash and investments acquired. This transaction provides Covidien additional scale and scope to serve the multibillion dollar global gastrointestinal market and supports the Company's strategy to comprehensively address key global specialties and procedures. [More]