Genetics and genomics are beginning to strongly influence the care of patients with GI conditions. From common disorders such as colorectal cancer, pancreatitis and multiple polyps to rare conditions like hereditary hemorrhagic telangectasia, knowledge of genomic developments is increasingly highly useful to doctors and their patients. This web focus brings together seminal articles exploring new genomic findings in clinical practice that have been published in Genetics in Medicine, The American Journal of Gastroenterology and Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology. Access the focus for free online.
Eating the wrong foods, not chewing properly, stress and the use of some medications can cause bad bacteria to grow in the gut -- which can lead to gas and abdominal discomfort, according to a nutritionist. Probiotics, which contain good bacteria, can aid digestion and nutrient absorption and ease intestinal gas, diarrhea and constipation.
A new study found colorectal cancer patients with the highest levels of vitamin D were about 50% less likely to die compared to patients with the lowest levels of the vitamin. The lead researcher said a clinical trial is needed to test vitamin D as a component in colorectal cancer treatment.
An increased intake of vitamins C and E and beta-carotene may cut the risk of Barrett's esophagus by up to 50%, a study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found. The lead author said the effects appear to come mainly from dietary antioxidant intake, not supplemental sources.