Monday, October 22, 2018

In an abstract presented at the annual GI meeting May 2018 (DDW), patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, with the predominant symptom of bloating, were treated with either Fecal Microbial Transplant (FMT) or Placebo. The randomization was 2:1, so 42 IBS patients received FMT, and 19 received Placebo (their own stool). 58% of the FMT group …

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Most patients with heartburn from GERD respond nicely to the Proton Pump Inhibitors, such as Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid, Nexium, and others. Frazzoni in the American Journal of Gastroenterology May 2018 studied those whose symptoms were not relieved by these medications. Many of these patients were found to have poor clearance of acid from the esophagus. …

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Collin, in Alimentary Pharmacology March 2018, found that one fourth of patients with Celiac Disease (true allergy to gluten and wheat) are diagnosed after age 60, and one fifth after age 65. In an older population, celiac disease may go undiagnosed because symptoms may be vague, such as diarrhea and weight loss, and even osteoporosis. …

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In a study by Peery (ClinicalGastro and Hepatology June 2018), of all patients undergoing screening colonoscopy, 41% had diverticulosis. Biopsies did not show inflammatory changes or markers, and the presence or absence of GI symptoms, such as abdominal pain, did not correlate with the presence or absence of diverticulosis. So, diverticulosis, without diverticulitis, is not …

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

    Subjects on a Gluten Free Diet, who did not have Celiac Sprue, had significantly elevated levels of mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic in their blood and urine. These metals did not reach levels felt to be unsafe.  It is unknown if long term accumulation will create problems in the future.  So, a Gluten …

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Monday, June 11, 2018

In a study from Sweden, 43,000 men between 18-20 years old in 1969 were followed for an average of 39 years. Those young men who drank 1-2 drinks of alcohol per day were more likely to develop severe liver disease later in life.  So, 1-2 drinks per day in a young man is not a …

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The results of a Canadian study showed that there were no differences in BMD, turnover, or bone strength indexes in people who used PPI for long periods of time relative to nonusers of PPI. Past studies suggest that there is a very weak correlation between hip fractures and proton-pump inhibitors (PPI). There is still no …

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Initial findings of a preliminary study show that THC provides no benefit for chronic abdominal pain. It is unclear whether or not cannabinoids can act as effective treatments of chronic abdominal pain. An exploratory study currently in phase II randomized 65 patients who took either placebos or delta-9- tetrahydro-cannabinol (THC) tablets to alleviate chronic abdominal …

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

It takes real guts for newborn Baby to thrive these days.If the beneficial microbes that naturally inhabit an infant’s innards are disrupted during the first weeks of life, a typical newborn can face risk of childhood allergies and asthma that is three times higher than normal, new research shows. That is the latest in a cascade …

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Your doctor wants you to stop taking so many medications. More health-care providers are adopting an approach known as deprescribing to help adults in the U.S. and elsewhere reduce excessive use of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications and supplements. Studies show nearly 40% of older patients, those in their 60s and older, take more than …

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