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Crohn’s Disease Not Exempt From Racial Disparities

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A study published recently in the IBD Journal found significant differences in hospital readmissions, medication usage, and both medical and surgical complications of children with Crohn’s disease related to race. In the study, black children had a 1.5 times higher frequency of hospital readmissions because of Crohn’s disease compared to white children.

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NYU Langone Gastroenterologists Remind You of the Importance of Colorectal Cancer Screening and Prevention for Colon Cancer Month

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Gastroenterologists at NYU Langone Medical Center provide tips for when, who, and how to get screened for colorectal cancer.

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Curb Overuse of Antibiotics to Reduce Drug-Resistant Superbug

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An aggressive campaign to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics has helped cut the rate of infection with a dangerous drug-resistant bacteria at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ, by nearly 40 percent.

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Widely Used Food Additive Promotes Colitis, Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome, Research Shows

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Emulsifiers, which are added to most processed foods to aid texture and extend shelf life, can alter the gut microbiota composition and localization to induce intestinal inflammation that promotes the development of inflammatory bowel disease and metabolic syndrome, new research shows.

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7 Tips for Nurturing the Gut Microbiome

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Increased awareness of the importance of digestive health has quickly turned into a multi-million dollar industry. According to Global Industry Analysts, the probiotics market is expected to exceed $29 billion by 2015 and expected to rise 7 percent a year over the next five years.

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Loyola Gastroenterology Team Identifies and Cures Rare Swallowing Disorder

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Mukund Venu, MD, is a gastroenterologist who specializes in swallowing disorders at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill. “Ron had a rare condition called achalasia, where the esophagus fails to deliver food in to the stomach when eating,” says Venu. “The nerve cells of the esophagus degenerate and cause failure of the normal swallowing process.”

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Another Breastfeeding Benefit: Preparing Baby’s Belly for Solid Food

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Researchers found that a baby’s diet during the first few months of life has a profound influence on the composition, diversity, and stability of the gut microbiome. These factors influence the baby’s ability to transition from milk to solid foods and may have long-term health effects.

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New Study Sheds Light on Cancer Stem Cell Regulation

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Researchers identify signaling molecules in intestinal stem cells that can lead to tumors if left unregulated. The findings suggest a new approach to targeting intestinal cancers.

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Gluten-Free Diet Is Treatment, Not Trend, for Those with Celiac Disease

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For people who have celiac disease, going gluten-free isn't a lifestyle choice, it's a necessity. For everyone else, steering clear of gluten isn't necessarily a good idea.

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Viruses May Play Unexpected Role in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

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Inflammatory bowel diseases are associated with a decrease in the diversity of bacteria in the gut, but a new study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has linked the same illnesses to an increase in the diversity of viruses.