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Ipsen’s Somatuline CLARINET Phase III study published online in NEJM

Ipsen’s Somatuline CLARINET Phase III study published online in NEJM

The U.S. affiliate of Ipsen today announced that the New England Journal of Medicine has published clinical trial results showing that Somatuline Autogel / Somatuline Depot (lanreotide) Injection 120 mg (referred to as Somatuline) achieved statistically significant prolongation of progression free survival (PFS) over placebo in patients with metastatic gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs). [More]
ESPGHAN statement provides essential technique for kids with feeding and nutrition problems

ESPGHAN statement provides essential technique for kids with feeding and nutrition problems

Placement of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube has become an "essential" technique for children and young people with a wide range of problems with feeding and nutrition, according to a position statement in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, official journal of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. [More]
Mayo Clinic achieves Honor Roll status in U.S. News and World Report's top hospitals ranking

Mayo Clinic achieves Honor Roll status in U.S. News and World Report's top hospitals ranking

Mayo Clinic has achieved the highest honor in U.S. News and World Report's ranking of top hospitals. Mayo Clinic earned more number one rankings than any other provider, ranking number one or number two in 11 of the 12 specialties based on reputation, services and volumes, safety and clinical outcomes. [More]
Health concerns over arsenic in rice-especially for children

Health concerns over arsenic in rice-especially for children

Inorganic arsenic in rice and rice-based foods poses health concerns in infants and young children, and steps should be taken to minimize exposure, according to a commentary in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, official journal of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. [More]
Mount Sinai Hospital earns top rankings on the U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Honor Roll

Mount Sinai Hospital earns top rankings on the U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Honor Roll

By earning "top rankings" in six out of 16 medical specialties, The Mount Sinai Hospital achieved "Honor Roll" status in this year's U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" guidebook. [More]
Memorial Sloan Kettering ranked number one cancer hospital in the U.S.

Memorial Sloan Kettering ranked number one cancer hospital in the U.S.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is proud and honored to announce it has been named the number one hospital for cancer care in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report in its annual listing of Best Hospitals. Since the inception of the revered list 25 years ago, MSK has held either the first or second spot each year. [More]
Cedars-Sinai named to Honor Roll in America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

Cedars-Sinai named to Honor Roll in America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

With 12 medical specialties rated among the finest in the nation, Cedars-Sinai has been named to the Honor Roll in the 2014-15 issue of America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. [More]

Study confirms Stretta therapy as safe, effective treatment for GERD

A newly published peer-reviewed paper concludes that Stretta therapy is a safe, effective and durable treatment for gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). The paper states that Stretta addresses a significant unmet need where patients receive inadequate control from PPI therapy and find surgery an undesirable option. [More]
UH Case Medical Center named one of nation's top hospitals

UH Case Medical Center named one of nation's top hospitals

University Hospitals Case Medical Center has once again been named one of the nation's top hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Hospitals rankings. UH Case Medical Center was ranked in all 12 methodology-ranked specialties for the third year in a row and in the Top 20 in four specialties - Cancer, Gastroenterology, Ear, Nose & Throat, and Orthopaedics. [More]
Fecal transplantation safe, effective for treating C. difficile in immunocompromised patients

Fecal transplantation safe, effective for treating C. difficile in immunocompromised patients

Researchers have found that fecal transplantation is effective and safe for treating C. difficile in immunocompromised patients. This is the result of a study led by Colleen Kelly, M.D., a gastroenterologist in the Center for Women's Gastrointestinal Medicine at The Women's Medicine Collaborative. [More]

Independent testing organization confirms VSL#3 formulation as probiotic product

Probiotics have gained in popularity in recent years and consumers now have many to choose from. However, only 14 of 19 successfully tested through Consumer Lab's quality certification program probiotics. [More]
Lack of leisure-time physical activity linked to increased obesity, particularly in young women

Lack of leisure-time physical activity linked to increased obesity, particularly in young women

Sedentary lifestyle and not caloric intake may be to blame for increased obesity in the US, according to a new analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). [More]
Treating ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease: an interview with Dr. Stephen Hanauer, Medical Director, Digestive Health Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Treating ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease: an interview with Dr. Stephen Hanauer, Medical Director, Digestive Health Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are idiopathic (we don’t know the cause) inflammatory diseases (IBD) of the colon and/or small bowel. They are chronic in that we do not have a medical cure and are differentiated from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) by inflammation that causes ulcerations of the GI tract. [More]
Forest Laboratories completes acquisition of Furiex Pharmaceuticals

Forest Laboratories completes acquisition of Furiex Pharmaceuticals

Actavis plc today announced that its subsidiary Forest Laboratories, LLC has successfully completed its acquisition of Furiex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.1 billion, and up to approximately $360 million in a Contingent Value Right (CVR) that may be payable based on the status of eluxadoline, Furiex's lead product, as a controlled drug following approval. [More]
Children who undergo simple emergency surgeries on weekends are more likely to die

Children who undergo simple emergency surgeries on weekends are more likely to die

Children who undergo simple emergency surgeries, such as hernia repairs or appendix removals, on weekends are more likely to suffer complications and even die than children getting the same kind of treatment during the week, according to results of a Johns Hopkins Children's Center study. [More]
Actavis seeks FDA ANDA approval for generic Zubsolv, confirms patent challenge

Actavis seeks FDA ANDA approval for generic Zubsolv, confirms patent challenge

Actavis plc today confirmed that it has filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking approval to market Buprenorphine Hydrochloride and Naloxone Hydrochloride Dihydrate Sublingual Tablets, Eq, 1.4 mg/0.36 mg and 5.7 mg/1.4 mg Base. Actavis' ANDA product is a generic version of Orexo's Zubsolv, which is a partial opioid agonist indicated for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. [More]
Synthetic Biologics supports SYN-004 C.difficile preventative program with formation of Clinical Advisory Board

Synthetic Biologics supports SYN-004 C.difficile preventative program with formation of Clinical Advisory Board

Synthetic Biologics, Inc., a developer of novel anti-infective biologic and drug candidates targeting specific pathogens that cause serious infections and diseases, announced today the formation of a Clinical Advisory Board (CAB) to support development of SYN-004, the Company's lead anti-infective product candidate for the prevention of the devastating effects of Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) [More]
Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Roche partner to make personalised infertility treatment possible

Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Roche partner to make personalised infertility treatment possible

Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Roche have announced a collaboration to combine diagnostic testing technology from Roche with Ferring's human cell line derived recombinant follicle-stimulating hormone (human rFSH), a gonadotrophin currently in phase III development. [More]
Antiviral therapy can reduce risk of liver cancer in patients with chronic hepatitis B infection

Antiviral therapy can reduce risk of liver cancer in patients with chronic hepatitis B infection

One of the most severe complications of hepatitis B is the development of liver cancer, which is responsible for approximately 745,000 deaths worldwide each year. [More]
UEG calls for more nurse endoscopy workforce to reduce CRC deaths

UEG calls for more nurse endoscopy workforce to reduce CRC deaths

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is currently estimated to claim the lives of 214,675[1] adults in Europe, equivalent to 1 death every 3 minutes. [More]