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Researchers hope immunotherapy will prevent against overactive immune response   Washington, DC (May 22, 2018) — For the first time in humans, researchers will test a two-pronged approach to treat advanced stage colorectal cancer (CRC), potentially increasing life expectancy. Combining a DNA vaccine, which boosts the body’s immune response against tumors, with an antibody that blocks the body’s natural defense against the potency of the DNA vaccine, may lead to the development of an effective treatment for late stage CRC, when a cure is not often possible. Preliminary research leading up to this trial will be presented at Digestive Disease Week® 2018 ...
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Medical centers willing to perform transplants without mandated six-month wait Washington, DC (May 22, 2018) — Increasingly, liver transplant centers are changing a long-standing practice of delaying potentially life-saving liver transplantation for patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis until after they stopped drinking alcohol for six months, according to a new study scheduled for presentation at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2018 . Study implications “Liver transplant for severe alcoholic hepatitis is being increasingly accepted, with positive outcomes, and the hope is that more and more patients will be evaluated for transplants,” said Saroja ...
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First proof-of-concept study shows AMG 714 (anti-IL-15 monoclonal antibody) potentially protects celiac patients from inadvertent gluten exposure Washington, DC (May 22, 2018) — An investigational new drug offers hope of relief for celiac disease patients who are inadvertently exposed to gluten while on a gluten-free diet. Findings of the first phase 2 study of a biologic immune modulator in celiac disease will be presented at the upcoming Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2018 . Inadvertent exposure to gluten can be a frequent occurrence for celiac patients that triggers symptoms, such as pain in the gut and diarrhea, due to intestinal damage. Study implications ...
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Oral-delayed release methylene blue aids in finding cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions Washington, D.C. (May 22, 2018) — Ingestion of a blue dye tablet during bowel prep for colonoscopy could be a significant advance in the early detection of colorectal cancer (CRC). When used in conjunction with colonoscopy, the blue dye increased adenoma detection rate (ADR) by nearly 9 percent, according to a study scheduled for presentation at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2018 . Study implications Every year, nearly 137,000 people are diagnosed with CRC, and more than 50,000 people die from the disease. Yet, the disease is largely preventable with regular ...
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WHAT:    A webinar media briefing with researchers to preview studies being presented at DDW ® 2018 in Washington, DC WHO:                Michael B. Wallace, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and a primary investigator on the Phase III Trial Francisco Leon, MD, PhD , former CEO/CMO of Celimmune, currently a consultant for Amgen Inc. Toan Pham, a PhD candidate and research fellow at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre at the University of Melbourne, Australia Saroja Bangaru, MD, chief resident in internal medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas WHEN:     Monday, May 21; 10 – 11 a.m. EDT ...
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Digestive Disease Week® 2018 — Media Registration Now Open Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) will host its annual scientific meeting in Washington, D.C., from June 2-5, 2018, bringing together physicians, researchers, and academics from across the world. Recognized as a top 50 medical meeting, this is your opportunity to learn cutting-edge medical advances and report on the latest research in gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. This year’s press program will offer reporters multiple opportunities to interact with leading researchers from the field. Pre-Conference Webinar : In May, before DDW 2018, Dr. Grace Elta, chair of ...
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Bethesda, MD (June 26, 2017) — Highlighting the most relevant, up-to-date and cutting-edge science, Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery, and 2017 saw a successful meeting. DDW is jointly sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT).  Recognized as a top 50 medical meeting, DDW 2017 ...
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Researchers cite future role in improving acceptance, accuracy of colonoscopy Chicago, IL (May 8, 2017) — New research shows that an 18-mm magnetized capsule colonoscope, which can be paired with standard medical instruments, successfully performed intricate maneuvers inside the colon while guided by an external magnet attached to a robotic arm. Researchers believe this technology will reduce the potential discomfort of colonoscopies and lead to more people undergoing the life-saving screening test. This new study was presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017 , the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in ...
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Study finds enzyme breaks down small amounts of gluten within the digestive system   Chicago, IL (May 7, 2017) — Researchers have found that taking an enzyme tablet while consuming foods containing gluten prevents a significant amount of it from entering the small intestine. This could enable gluten-sensitive patients to ingest small quantities of gluten without experiencing symptoms, such as bloating, diarrhea and abdominal pain. The encouraging results from the enzyme known as aspergillus niger -derived prolyl endoprotease (AN-PEP) were presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017 , the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers ...
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Less-invasive method also allows patients to return home on same day   Chicago, IL (May 7, 2017) — A new study finds that individuals struggling with obesity who are not candidates for weight-loss surgery can benefit substantially from non-surgical endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017 , the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Patients who underwent ESG — a procedure performed through the mouth with an endoscope to “accordion” the stomach by suturing pleats ...
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Researchers say carriers of a specific genotype could be evaluated earlier for liver transplants                                                     Chicago, IL (May 6, 2017) — Genotyping of patients with advanced cirrhosis from hepatitis C virus could help health-care professionals predict the likelihood of improvement after successful hepatitis C treatment, thus minimizing the need for liver transplants. This study was presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017 , the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. “Our findings ...
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WHAT:    A webinar media briefing with researchers to preview studies being presented at Digestive Disease Week ® (DDW) 2017 in Chicago.   WHO:    Grace Elta, MD , chair, DDW Council               Winston Dunn, MD, associate professor, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City               Reem Z. Sharaiha, MD, MSc , assistant professor, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY               Keith Obstein, MD, MPH, associate professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN               Julia König, PhD, post-doctoral research fellow, School of Medical Sciences at University of Örebro, ...
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Media Registration Now Open Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) returns to Chicago, IL, from May 6-9, 2017, bringing together physicians, researchers and academics from across the world. Recognized as a top 50 medical meeting, this is your opportunity to learn cutting-edge medical advances and report on the latest research in gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. This year’s press program will offer reporters multiple opportunities to interact with leading researchers from the field. Pre-conference webinar : A week before DDW 2017, Dr. Grace Elta, chair of the DDW conference, will moderate a panel of experts ...
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Bethesda, MD (March 1, 2017) — Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is pleased to announce that our newly redesigned website, www.ddw.org , won an honorable mention award from AVA Digital, an international competition that recognizes outstanding work by creative professionals. DDW restructured the website to improve attendees’ experiences, by learning how attendees use the meeting website, and how it could better structured to meet their needs. As a result, several major changes were implemented: Mobile-First: In the past year alone, mobile traffic on org has grown more than 60 percent. The new site is completely mobile friendly ...
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Bethesda, MD (Feb. 2, 2017) — As the largest international medical meeting dedicated to the science and practice of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery, Digestive Disease Week (DDW®) occurs each year to facilitate the exchange of scientific knowledge and breakthroughs in digestive disorders. The leadership of DDW believes that the recent executive order banning travel of foreign nationals and refugees from seven countries to the U.S. will stifle discussion among members of the scientific community. Presentations and meetings that occur during DDW allow physicians and scientists from around the world to learn about ...
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Jan. 9, 2017 — Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is pleased to announce that DDW TV will be returning once again at DDW 2017 in Chicago, IL. DDW TV brings a different element to the conference using video and is a great platform to learn about best practices in gastroenterology, hepatology, GI endoscopy, gastrointestinal surgery and related fields. Partnering again with international film and broadcasting company WebsEdge, DDW TV will produce a new episode each day of the conference featuring: Conference News: On site, DDW TV will film expert interviews, capture session highlights, and hear delegates’ insights and reactions from around ...
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Fecal microbiota transplantation relieves symptoms, heals the colon San Diego, CA (May 23, 2016) — Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) — a treatment currently used to address recurring Clostridium difficile infection — is also an effective approach to helping individuals who suffer from ulcerative colitis (UC), according to a study being presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2016, the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Researchers in Australia found that one in four patients who were resistant ...
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Researchers find cancers are more advanced in those diagnosed before 50 San Diego, CA (May 24, 2016) — A new study shows the rate of colorectal cancer (CRC) continues to increase in individuals under 50 years old, despite the fact that the overall rate of the disease has been declining in recent years. Following examination of more than 1 million CRC patient records over 10 years, researchers suggested that health-care providers should be more vigilant about detecting symptoms in younger patients. The findings were presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2016, the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in ...
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“Low-Residue” Diet Yields Better Bowel Preparation, Higher Patient Satisfaction San Diego, CA (May 23, 2016) — There’s good news for patients who dread the clear-liquid diet before a colonoscopy. A new study finds that patients who ate certain solid foods, considered “low residue,” were better prepared for their colonoscopies than individuals who followed the conventional liquid diet. Additionally, researchers saw that these patients who ate foods such as eggs, white bread, cheese, white rice and chicken breast the day before their screening were more comfortable during the 24 hours leading up to the test than individuals ...
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Patients using the Obalon six-month balloon system lost twice as much weight as control group San Diego, CA (May 24, 2016) — People with obesity who are struggling to control their weight might soon have a new treatment option — swallowing gas-filled balloons that help them eat less, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2016, the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Study participants who had a body-mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40 lost nearly 7 percent of their weight, on average, ...