Researchers are suggesting that 4 ounces of wine daily can reduce the risk of early-stage liver cancer compared with no drinking, while hard liquor or beer increases the risk of fatty liver disease. "This is a whole paradigm shift in our way of thinking about this disease," said one of the researchers. The study did note, however, that liver disease patients should avoid all alcohol.
Patients at high risk for colon cancer are less likely to undergo repeat colonoscopies to spot precancerous growths, according to a new study. A second study found colonoscopy continues to be the best first-line method of detecting polyps.
An investigational drug called AT-1001 may protect celiac disease patients by preventing gluten from crossing the intestinal mucosa, one study found. In a second study, investigators said the criteria for diagnosing the disease may be too narrowly focused, missing many patients who should get treatment.