Welcome to WGO's first edition of 'News You Can Use'

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Welcome to WGO's first edition of News You Can Use

Every other Monday, be on the lookout for News You Can Use, our new e-newsletter delivering the latest gastroenterology news straight to your inbox.





Patient's colonoscopy refusal highlights value of CRC screening
MedPage Today
A patient who had repeatedly refused routine screening for colorectal cancer, or a CRC, despite having lost his 80-year-old father to the disease, was again advised to undergo a colonoscopy at age 56. He insisted on having less invasive screening tests first, reported John M. Carethers, MD, of the University of California San Diego, in JAMA. Read More

2 therapeutic antibodies better than one
Nature Reviews: Gastroenteroloy & Hepatology
A combination of guselkumab and golimumab could be more effective in ulcerative colitis than either drug alone, results from a phase II trial suggest. A total of 214 people with ulcerative colitis were randomly assigned to receive one or both antibodies. Read More

Microscopic organisms in the gut could help manage alcohol use
VCU Health
Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Medicine are conducting a clinical trial to better understand how transplantation of beneficial microscopic organisms in the gut, called gut microbes, could help people overcome their addiction to alcohol. Read More

Mass General researchers discover the role of intestinal fibrosis in inflammatory bowel disease
Massachusetts General Hospital
Intestinal fibrosis is a common feature of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and the primary cause of end-stage organ failure. Traditionally considered a bystander of inflammation, with negligible involvement in disease pathogenesis, new research published in Gastroenterology now shows that fibrosis has a direct bearing on disease progression in IBD. Read More

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty may have advantages over balloon
Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News
In a comparison of two bariatric procedures for obesity endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty and intragastric balloon patients who underwent ESG had slightly more weight loss, while those undergoing IGB saw a high rate of early balloon removal, translating to somewhat less tolerability. Read More

Safer pioglitazone alternative is effective
Nature Reviews: Gastroenterology & Hepatology
A deuterium-stabilized enantiomer of pioglitazone known as PXL065 has greater clinical potential than pioglitazone itself for the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, results of a phase II trial suggest. Read More

Closing the gender gap in gastroenterology leadership
The Lancet: Gastroenterology & Hepatology
The 2021 Royal College of Physicians census found that only 393, or 22%, of 1760 UK gastroenterology and hepatology consultants are female. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals employed 29 gastroenterology and hepatology consultants at the start of 2021, one of the highest numbers in a single UK trust. At 38% (11 of 29), the percentage of female consultants in the department was significantly higher than the UK average. Read More

Bile acid sequestrants found effective for refractory microscopic colitis
Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News
Bile acid sequestrants effectively treat microscopic colitis that is refractory to standard therapies, according to a large retrospective study. "In one of the largest cohorts evaluating bile acid sequestrants in microscopic colitis, we show that nearly two-thirds of patients have either a partial or complete response," said investigator June Tome, MD, who reported the results at the 2022 annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology. Read More

7 gastroenterology tech updates to know
Becker's GI & Endoscopy
Healthcare research and technology company Clario, gastroenterology consultant GI Reviewers, and medical artificial intelligence technology developer RSIP Vision teamed up to create an AI-based scoring system for inflammatory bowel disease. Read More

AI helps find polyps missed by colonoscopy
Inside Precision Medicine
Mayo Clinic researchers are developing ways to employ artificial intelligence to increase the detection of potentially cancerous polyps during colonoscopy. The procedure, which remains the standard of care for screening for and preventing colorectal cancer may miss lesions that later lead to more than half of post-colonoscopy cancer cases according to some studies. Read More


The 53rd Annual Meeting of GEST
When: March 25, 2023-March 26, 2023
Country: Taiwan
Organizer(s): Gastroenterological Society of Taiwan
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26th Annual Meeting of the Asociacion Espanola de Gastroenterologia
When: March 28-31, 2023
Location: Madrid
Country: Spain
Organizer(s): Asociacion Espanola de Gastroenterologia
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