The diagnosis and treatment of acute pancreatitis should include transabdominal ultrasound for all patients, according to guidelines issued from the American College of Gastroenterology. The guidelines contain 34 separate recommendations addressing diagnosis, risk stratification, treatment and more.
British researchers said fiber from bananas and broccoli may boost the body's natural defenses against stomach infections. Clinical trials are under way to see whether the effects can be used as a treatment for inflammatory bowel disease.
Using warm water rather than air makes unsedated colonoscopy less uncomforable for patients, researchers said. Their study showed 80% of unsedated patients were able to complete the colorectal cancer screening when warm water was used.
Mesalamine lowers the risk of relapse after surgery for Crohn's disease, whereas sulfasalazine does not, according to a study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. Researchers said while mesalamine provides only a modest benefit, it is safe and Crohn's patients often have no treatment after a first surgical resection. Read the abstract.
More patients with serious illnesses are turning to social-media sites to forge connections with one another, find information about treatments and keep family members informed. Jenny Scott, whose daughter was diagnosed with leukemia in 2004, says she eventually asked her family to stop calling and referred them to her social-media accounts for updates. "I could not tell the story 12 times a day," Scott says. "It was physically and emotionally draining."