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Biologic delays are common and costly in Crohn's disease
Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News
Guideline recommendations for earlier initiation of biologics in children and adults with Crohn's disease are not always heeded in clinical practice, which may be detrimental to patient outcomes, according to studies presented at the 2022 annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology and 2023 Crohn's & Colitis Congress. Read More

GI advocacy group kicks off #YouandIBS campaign for IBS Awareness Month
Despite affecting nearly 10% of the population, irritable bowel syndrome remains highly stigmatized. During IBS Awareness Month, a gastrointestinal disease advocacy group has launched the #YouandIBS campaign to confront this stigma head on. Read More

Look out for alpha-gal syndrome in unexplained GI symptoms, says AGA
Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News
Physicians in the eastern and midwestern United States should consider alpha-gal allergy among patients with unexplained abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, according to new guidance from the American Gastroenterological Association. Read More

Burden of gastroesophageal reflux disease in 204 countries and territories
BMC Public Health
For effective preventive strategies against GORD, or gastro-esophageal reflux disease, this study assessed the GORD burden from 1990 to 2019. The burden of GORD between 1990 and 2019 was evaluated globally, regionally, and nationally. Using age-standardized incidence, age-standardized years lived with disabilities, we compared them to the GBD world population per 100,000.Read More

What's causing gastroenterology's workforce shortage?
Becker's GI & Endoscopy
The increased demand for gastroenterology services combined with the limited number of gastroenterologists has caused trouble for the industry's workforce. James Weber, MD, founder and CEO of GI Alliance, spoke with Becker's to discuss the biggest obstacle the gastroenterology industry is facing today — physician workforce shortages. Read More

Surgical polarimetric endoscopy for the detection of laryngeal cancer
The standard-of-care for the detection of laryngeal pathologies involves distinguishing suspicious lesions from surrounding healthy tissue via contrasts in color and texture captured by white-light endoscopy. However, the technique is insufficiently sensitive and thus leads to unsatisfactory rates of false negatives. Read More

AI chatbot may help improve health outcomes for patients with cirrhosis and liver cancer
A new study by Cedars-Sinai investigators describes how ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence chatbot, may help improve health outcomes for patients with cirrhosis and liver cancer by providing easy-to-understand information about basic knowledge, lifestyle and treatments for these conditions. The findings, published in the peer-reviewed journal Clinical and Molecular Hepatology, highlights the AI system's potential to play a role in clinical practice. Read More

Vedolizumab found to be effective for the treatment of chronic pouchitis after colectomy
Twelve percent of people with ulcerative colitis need surgery to have their colon removed, or a colectomy. Most of those have an ileo-anal pouch surgically constructed from their small bowel, which means that they don't have to live with a stoma bag. Sadly, after surgery there is a risk of inflammation developing in the lining of the pouch, a condition known as pouchitis. Antibiotics are the first line treatment to reduce the inflammation, but one fifth will go on to develop chronic, antibiotic-refractory pouchitis. Read More


Midwest Metabolic Clinical Symposium
When: April 14-16, 2023
Location:St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Organizer(s): St. Louis University Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
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Seoul International Digestive Disease Symposium (SIDDS 2023)
When: April 15-16, 2023
Location: Seoul, Korea
Organizer(s): The Korean Society of Gastroenterology
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AWIG 2023
When: April 20-22, 2023
Location: Negril, Jamaica
Organizer(s): Association of West Indian Gastroenterologistsy
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Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2023
When: May 6-9, 2023
Location: Location: Chicago, Illinois
Organizer(s): Organizer(s): DDW
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