New scientific advances in gastroenterology

WASHINGTON, DC (November 1, 2004) Many of the world's preeminent gastroenterologists will gather from October 29th through November 3rd for the American College of Gastroenterology's (ACG) 69th Annual Scientific Meeting at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The agenda includes the latest scientific advances in gastrointestinal research, treatment of digestive diseases and clinical practice management.

Presentations at the meeting will focus on new challenges gastroenterologists face in patient care and advances in preventing and treating digestive diseases.

Highlights of topics to be addressed include:

  • Pregnancy and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). This 20-year study examines the effect IBD, and IBD medications, can have on the health of babies born to mothers with the disorder.

  • Colorectal Cancer in African-American and Hispanic Populations. An investigation of African-American and Hispanic colorectal cancer patients found that over one-quarter had been diagnosed before the age of 50, illustrating the importance of early screening among high-risk patients.

  • Capsule Endoscopy and Small Bowel Tumor Detection. This study investigates the effectiveness of capsule endoscopy at detecting tumors in the small bowel.

  • Smoking and Colon Polyps. Two studies explore smoking and how it can increase one's risk of developing colon polyps.

  • Virtual Colonoscopy and Mortality Rates. A model predicting complications for colorectal screening options found a greater risk of cancer deaths and procedure-related deaths in virtual colonoscopy as compared to traditional colonoscopy.

  • Obesity. Several studies at the Meeting explore obesity: The link between heartburn, GERD and esophageal cancer in the obese; A correlation found between increased body mass index (BMI) and the risk of colorectal neoplasia in women; and the positive effect laparoscopic gastric bypass

  • Contact: Malaika Hilliard
    American College of Gastroenterology

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