Hi-Def Colonoscopy for IBD

A recent study in The American Journal of Gastroenterology found high-definition colonoscopy was as effective as dye spraying chromoendoscopy and virtual chromoendoscopy in the detection of neoplastic lesions in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. We use high-definition endoscopy at The Endoscopy Center of the North Shore, as well as Evanston and Glenbrook Hospitals. Read the

Homemade Yogurt Resolved IBS in Study

Consuming 2 to 3 cups of homemade yogurt daily led to a remission of IBS in 89% of participants in a study at two medical centers in eastern Kentucky presented at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG2017. Although some study designs were noted, the experiment showed promise. See the review on Medscape here. 

Colonoscopies at Hospitals Cost Medicare 164% More Than Offices

Colonoscopies cost Medicare 164% more when they’re performed in a hospital outpatient department rather than independent physician offices, according to a recent report by Physicians Advocacy Institute and Avalere. The study showed the stark disparity in payment between settings based on ownership. “Hospital consolidation pushes healthcare costs upward,” said Robert Seligson, president of Physicians Advocacy

Fatty Liver Linked to Brain Atrophy

A study in JAMA Neurology linked fatty liver disease to an accelerated risk of atrophic brain disease compared to normal aging. Researchers said NAFLD did not appear to be linked to indications of other brain injuries or stroke. The reduced brain volume linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is equivalent to an extra 4.2

FODMAP Diet Better for IBS

A low FODMAP diet was more effective at improving symptoms than general dietary advice (GDA) in a study published in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Gastrointestinal symptoms , stool frequency, and consistency improved after six weeks in the FODMAP group. However, both groups experienced reductions in symptom severity, abdominal pain, distension, consistency and frequency.

Artificial Intelligence Improves Colonoscopy

The use of artificial intelligence can increase the accuracy and sensitivity of adenoma detection during colonoscopy, even for small lesions, a new study shows. The results were discussed by Dr. William Karnes of the University of California at Irvine at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG 2017. Dr. Yuichi Mori of Showa University in

Bacteria linked to esophageal cancer

Patients with higher levels of Tannerella forsythia bacteria, which can be associated with gum disease, may have a greater risk of esophageal cancer. The increase may be as much as 21% according to a study in Cancer Research. Other bacteria, for example Streptococcus and Neisseria bacteria, were linked to decreased risk. “Our study indicates that

Neurologic Manifestations in IBD

Neurologic involvement in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is uncommon but probably underreported, and gastroenterologists must be ready to recognize it. For example, peripheral neuropathy is reported to occur in up to 13% of IBD patients. Neurologic complications due to nutritional deficiencies are thought to be even more common. Complications may arise spontaneously from the systemic inflammation

Large study links moderate coffee consumption to health benefits

Drinking coffee might reduce the risks for cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular mortality and all-cause mortality in most people, but those benefits wane after about three cups a day, according to a review of 218 meta-analyses published in The BMJ. Coffee consumption was linked to lower rates of liver disease, diabetes and some cancers; however, the researchers