May 2012 Vol XXXVI Issue 5

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Diseases of the Pancreas, Series #5

The Role of Endoscopic Ultrasound in Pancreatic Diseases

Trupti Shinde, Manish Dhawan

Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a valuable tool in the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic diseases and offers a significant technical advantage over other imaging modalities. In this article we discuss these advantages and the importance of EUSin the evaluation of pancreatic disorders.

Nutrition Issues in Gastroenterology, Series #105

High Risk Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Tubes: Issues to Consider

Iris Vance, Neeral Shah

Ascites, varices, and portal hypertension can complicate percutaneous endoscopy gastrostomy tube placement or warrant novel approaches. In this article we review the existing evidence in these high risk scenarios and attempt to provide more clarity when considering these challenging clinical circumstances.

Practical Approaches to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Colorectal Cancer, Series #2

Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Syndromes: Who to Send for Genetic Testing

Jewel Samadder, Randall Burt

Genetic testing has become vital in the diagnosis of the inherited syndromes of gastrointestinal cancer. Here we discuss the challenges for the practicing physician in identifying which patients need to have genetic testing for the diagnoses of these syndromes and how to interpret the results.

Practical Approaches to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Colorectal Cancer, Series #3

Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Syndromes: Role of Genetic Counselors and Gastroenterologists

Marjan Champine

The partnership between gastroenterologists and genetic counselors continues to evolve along with the advancement in both genetics and gastrointestinal care. Here we discuss the importance of this collaboration as a key component to ensuring that high-risk patients receive appropriate care.

a Case Report

An Obscure Case of Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Gabrielle Prince, Eugene Wong, Jonathan Rieber

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From the Literature

High-Fiber Diet and Asymptomatic Diverticulosis

To determine whether low-fiber or high-fat diets, diets that include large quantities of red meat, constipation or physical activity increase risk for asymptomatic diverticulosis, a cross-sectional study of 2104 participants 30 to 80 years old who underwent outpatient colonoscopy from 1998 to 2010 was carried out. Diet and physical activity were assessed in interviews using validated instruments.

Adaluminab in Ulcerative Colitis

ULTRA-2 was a randomized, double-blind, placebocontrolled trial to evaluate the efficacy of adalimumab in induction and maintenance of clinical remission in 494 patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, who received concurrent treatment with oral corticosteroids or immunosuppressants.

Medical Bulletin Board

Chef Spike Mendelsohn Dishes on How to Turn Down the Heat on Acid Reflux Disease

Mendelsohn and Takeda Launch Don’t Let it Burn National Campaign and Contest to Educate Consumers on Acid Reflux Disease Management and Treatment