Sugar-sweetened beverages linked to cancer mortality risk

Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages appeared associated with increased risk for death from an obesity-related cancer, according to study results published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.Individuals who drank two or more servings of such beverages daily — compared with those who drank none — exhibited a 5% increased risk for mortality from malignancies such as…

Gut Feelings: Gastropsychology offers fresh take on ‘dysregulated’ brain-gut crosstalk

As research evolves on the pivotal role the brain-gut connection plays in digestive diseases, so too has knowledge of how best to treat patients.While the exact pathogenesis of many digestive diseases remains largely unknown, scientific evidence points to disturbances in gut, brain and nervous system interaction that may cause changes to normal gastrointestinal tract function,…

GI psychology a ‘rewarding partnership’ for both patients, providers

It is wonderful to see the topic of gastropsychology featured in this month’s Healio Gastroenterology cover story. The piece highlights the benefits of providing brain-gut psychotherapies as integrated care for patients with chronic digestive conditions and discusses both the progress we have made and the challenges we face implementing this approach.I have been specializing in…

ACG, ASGE release first quality indicators for capsule endoscopy, deep enteroscopy

The ACG and ASGE have released a joint guideline on comprehensive quality indicators for capsule endoscopy and deep enteroscopy in the diagnosis and management of small-bowel disease.“Small-bowel capsule endoscopy (CE) and deep enteroscopy (DE) are both relatively new procedures that enable evaluation of the entire small bowel,” Jonathan A. Leighton, MD, FACG, a gastroenterologist at…