Gastrointenstinal Symptoms in Obesity | News Brief

In a meta-analysis, a team of Australian researchers found that upper abdominal pain, GERD, diarrhea, chest pain or heartburn, vomiting, retching, and incomplete evacuation appeared to be

Predicting Splenic Injury in Colorectal Surgery | News Brief

A University of California, Irvine study  has found that the overall splenic injury rate for patients undergoing colorectal resection was appears to be less than 1.0%, but

A Look Back at Mortality Rates | News Brief

A report from the CDC has found that the age-adjusted risk of dying decreased 60% from 1935 to 2010. The report, available at, reviewed changes in

A New Device for GERD | News Brief

A single-use, surgical device (Linx Reflux Management System, Torax Medical) has been approved by the FDA to treat symptoms associated with GERD. The device is indicated for

The 2012 ASMBS Annual Meeting | Conference Coverage

New research was recently presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, or the ASMBS, from June 17-22 in San Diego.

Colorectal cancer surgery animation
Colorectal cancer surgery animation

Colorectal Cancer Surgery | eMedia

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Animation provided by: Amera 

Overuse of Proton Pump Inhibitors is Expensive & Dangerous | Medical Blog

Let’s talk about proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These drugs, successors to the innovative H2 blockers, have revolutionized the treatment of gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and peptic ulcers.

Trends in Anesthesia Use During Gastroenterology Procedures | News Brief

In the United States, use of anesthesia during gastrointestinal endoscopies and colonoscopies appears to have increased substantially from 2003 to 2009, according to a retrospective analysis of

High Variation in Colon Cancer Treatment | News Brief

According to MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers, colon cancer treatment appears to vary significantly in the United States. Guideline-based treatment was most likely to be provided to

Neuropathic Pain in Women With Bladder Pain Syndrome | News Brief

Neuropathic pain in women with bladder pain syndrome (BPS) appears to be significantly associated with the severity of bladder and bowel pain, urinary urgency, and diarrhea, according

Comparing Efficacy of Weight-Loss Procedures | News Brief

When compared with laparoscopic bypass procedures, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery appears to have similar rates of overall complications and lower rates of reoperations when these operations

The Burden of Pain & Depression in Cancer Patients | Feature

Patients with cancer who experience pain or depression have many types of symptoms. Clinicians should make efforts to recognize and manage somatic symptoms to improve quality of life and function in these patients, regardless of type or phase of cancer.

Post-Op Management of Bariatric Surgery | Opinion Article

Approximately 20% of patients either fail to lose weight or regain weight following bariatric surgery. To reduce this likelihood and to ensure that comorbid conditions are managed appropriately, all patients should receive careful medical follow-up after their surgery.

Is Bariatric Surgery in Diabetics Cost-Effective? | Opinion Article

Research shows that bariatric surgery may provide benefits to people with diabetes, including sustained weight loss, reductions in A1C, and allows patients to reduce or stop medications. But are these expensive procedures cost-effective?

Strategies to Treat Nausea & Vomiting During Pregnancy | Feature

Half of all pregnant women have nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy, but a recently published review can help healthcare providers manage this complication by offering pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapy options.

Strategies to Prevent Clostridium difficile Infection | Feature

Clostridium difficile is the one of the most common infectious causes of healthcare-associated diarrhea. A systematic review has outlined recommendations for prevention strategies to reduce the burden of these infections.

CRC Surveillance in Patients With IBD | Opinion Article

Certain patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease of the colon, have an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer (CRC).

Salmonella Outbreak Persists | Medical Blog

The current salmonella scare is the largest outbreak of this strain since the CDC  started surveillance of outbreaks in the 1970s. And according to the CDC, for

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