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Removal of gall bladder benefits patients with common duct stones

Removal of gall bladder benefits patients with common duct stones

Among patients with possible common duct stones, removal of the gall bladder, compared with endoscopic assessment of the common duct followed by gall bladder removal, resulted in a shorter length of hospital stay without increased illness and fewer common duct examinations, according to a study in the July 9 issue of JAMA. [More]
Researchers develop new "nanojuice" to help doctors better identify human gut

Researchers develop new "nanojuice" to help doctors better identify human gut

Located deep in the human gut, the small intestine is not easy to examine. X-rays, MRIs and ultrasound images provide snapshots but each suffers limitations. Help is on the way. [More]
Screening genetically susceptible infants can help detect celiac disease at a very early age

Screening genetically susceptible infants can help detect celiac disease at a very early age

Physicians from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in collaboration with an international team of researchers have demonstrated that screening of genetically susceptible infants can lead to the diagnosis of celiac disease at a very early age. [More]
Preventing antibiotic side effects: an interview with Florence Séjourné, CEO, Da Volterra

Preventing antibiotic side effects: an interview with Florence Séjourné, CEO, Da Volterra

Like all drugs, antibiotics can have side-effects when administered to people. The most common (and often benign) side effect people experience when taking antibiotics is “associated diarrhea”. This illustrates the fact that antibiotics have an impact on the intestine! [More]
Gelesis100 capsule leads to greater weight loss in overweight, obese individuals

Gelesis100 capsule leads to greater weight loss in overweight, obese individuals

A new "smart pill" called Gelesis100 safely leads to greater weight loss in overweight and obese individuals compared with those who receive an active comparator/placebo capsule, while all subjects have similar diet and exercise instructions, an international multicenter study finds. [More]
New approach promises better drugs for diabetes and osteoporosis

New approach promises better drugs for diabetes and osteoporosis

By swapping replacement parts into the backbone of a synthetic hormone, UW-Madison graduate student Ross Cheloha and his mentor, Sam Gellman, along with collaborators at Harvard Medical School, have built a version of a parathyroid hormone that resists degradation in laboratory mice. [More]
BioLineRx gets Notice of Allowance for patent related to new treatment for celiac disease

BioLineRx gets Notice of Allowance for patent related to new treatment for celiac disease

BioLineRx Ltd., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to identifying, in-licensing and developing promising therapeutic candidates, announced today that a Notice of Allowance has been issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a patent claiming the composition of BL-7010, a novel polymer for the treatment of celiac patients. [More]
Bariatric surgery not only helps reduce weight, but lowers cancer risk among obese people

Bariatric surgery not only helps reduce weight, but lowers cancer risk among obese people

Weight loss surgery might have more value than simply helping morbidly obese people to shed unhealthy extra pounds. [More]
Unsterile living conditions, untrained caregivers contribute to infections in home health settings

Unsterile living conditions, untrained caregivers contribute to infections in home health settings

Millions of Americans depend on home health care services to recover from surgeries and hospital stays, as well as to manage daily life with chronic conditions. [More]
ALOXI injection receives FDA approval for prevention of nausea, vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy

ALOXI injection receives FDA approval for prevention of nausea, vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy

Eisai Inc. and Helsinn Group today announced the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of ALOXI (palonosetron HCl) injection for the prevention of acute nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of emetogenic cancer chemotherapy, including highly emetogenic cancer chemotherapy, in children aged 1 month to less than 17 years. [More]
Effects of radiofrequency ablation and complete endoscopic resection are equal in dysplastic Barrett's esophagus

Effects of radiofrequency ablation and complete endoscopic resection are equal in dysplastic Barrett's esophagus

According to a new systematic review article, radiofrequency ablation and complete endoscopic resection are equally effective in the short-term treatment of dysplastic Barrett's esophagus, but adverse event rates are higher with complete endoscopic resection. [More]
OxThera granted new patents for treatment of hyperoxaluria

OxThera granted new patents for treatment of hyperoxaluria

OxThera AB announced today that it has been granted two new US patents and one new Australian patent during the last year. [More]
Da Volterra presents promising results of DAV-132 compound for prevention of severe C. diff infections

Da Volterra presents promising results of DAV-132 compound for prevention of severe C. diff infections

Da Volterra, a leading biopharmaceutical company in the field of bacterial resistance, announces today very promising new results about DAV132 in the prevention of the side effects of antibiotics and the occurrence of severe Clostridium difficile infections. [More]
People with longevity gene have improved brain skills

People with longevity gene have improved brain skills

Scientists showed that people who have a variant of a longevity gene, called KLOTHO, have improved brain skills such as thinking, learning and memory regardless of their age, sex, or whether they have a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. [More]
Obese teens are likely to suffer nutritional deficiencies, says study

Obese teens are likely to suffer nutritional deficiencies, says study

A new study exposes the risk of nutritional deficiencies in severely obese teens - both those who had weight loss surgery and those who did not. [More]
Oral health: The gateway to your overall health

Oral health: The gateway to your overall health

If the eyes are the windows to your soul, then your mouth is the gateway to your overall health. Research has found a surprising number of links between the state of your oral health and your overall health. [More]
Researchers show Elafin protein plays key role against inflammatory reaction typical of celiac disease

Researchers show Elafin protein plays key role against inflammatory reaction typical of celiac disease

Scientists from INRA and INSERM (France) in collaboration with scientists from McMaster University (Canada) and the Ecole polytechnique fédérale of Zurich (Switzerland) have shown that Elafin, a human protein, plays a key role against the inflammatory reaction typical of celiac disease (gluten intolerance). [More]
Celiac disease people may have near two-fold increased risk of coronary artery disease

Celiac disease people may have near two-fold increased risk of coronary artery disease

People with celiac disease may have a near two-fold increased risk of coronary artery disease compared with the general population, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. [More]
Ironwood Pharmaceuticals starts Phase IIa clinical study of IW-3718 for gastroesophageal reflux disease

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals starts Phase IIa clinical study of IW-3718 for gastroesophageal reflux disease

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IRWD) announced today that dosing has begun in its Phase IIa clinical study of its investigational compound IW-3718 in patients suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who have not responded adequately to treatment with a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). Data are expected in the first half of 2015. [More]
Bariatric surgery may reduce knee pain in elevated BMI patients

Bariatric surgery may reduce knee pain in elevated BMI patients

​There is a known link between elevated body mass index (BMI) and symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA). While patients who have undergone gastric bypass surgery (GBS)-a procedure that closes off much of the stomach and causes food to bypass a portion of the small intestine─typically lose weight, the comparative impact of this weight loss on knee pain and function has not been measured. [More]