Digestive CARE™ Gastroenterologists Launch ‘Bottom Line Poetry Contest’ For National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month During March 2009

Digestive CARE™, a medical group of 46 gastroenterologists in Broward and Palm Beach County, today launched the “Bottom Line Poetry Contest” in honor of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (March 2009). Digestive CARE™ is offering a $500 cash prize (or the option of a free colonoscopy) to the poet who submits the best new original […]

Lexicon Presents Clinical Data On LX1032 For Carcinoid Syndrome At European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society Meeting

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: LXRX), a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing breakthrough treatments for human disease, announced that Dr. Philip Brown, senior vice president of clinical development at Lexicon, delivered an oral presentation at the annual meeting of the European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (ENETS). The presentation summarized Phase 1 clinical trial results for […]

The Most Successful Treatment For Rectal Cancer Is Radiation Therapy, Followed By Optimum Surgery

The findings in two articles published in this week´s edition of The Lancet, indicate that high quality surgery following a short period of radiation therapy is the best treatment for patients with operable rectal cancer. Surgery is the standard treatment for rectal cancer, however the removal of the tumor alone does not eliminate the risk […]

Alcohol Consumption May Increase Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Consuming two or more drinks per day could increase a person’s risk of pancreatic cancer by about 22 percent, according to data published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. “Our findings support multiple nutrition recommendations that men should limit intake to no more than two alcoholic […]

Alcohol Types And Socioeconomic Status Are Associated With Barrett’s Esophagus Risk

Additional study suggests drinking alcohol in early adulthood may increase reflux esophagitis risk Although the relationship between alcohol and esophageal squamous cell carcinoma is well established, studies investigating the association between alcohol intake and reflux esophagitis (RE), Barrett’s esophagus (BE) and esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) have reported inconsistent findings. Furthermore, little is known regarding the effect […]

Fifth Annual Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium Press Program Announced

For the fifth consecutive year, key research on the prevention, screening and treatment of GI cancers will be the focus of the Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium press program. Study authors will discuss notable research in an embargoed presscast (press briefing via live webcast) on January 23 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM (EST). Featured research includes: – […]

Top Czech Science Honor Won By UAB Microbiologist

Jiri Mestecky, M.D., Ph.D, a University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) professor of microbiology and medicine, has been awarded the 2007 Czech Mind prize. The annual award is the highest scientific honor in the Czech Republic, and recipients often include Czech nationals working in other countries. Mestecky came to UAB in 1967 and continues to […]

New Course Provides Refresher And Certification For Surgeons Performing Laparoscopic Surgery

Attending general surgeons at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) will be required to prove basic motor skills outside an operating room before performing laparoscopic surgery on patients. CRICO/RMF, the Harvard medical community’s professional liability insurer, will offer “Fundamentals in Laparoscopic Surgery” (FLS) as a refresher course in January 2008. As an incentive for this […]

AspenBio Outlines Steps For FDA 510(k) Clearance Of AppyScore(TM), The First Blood-Based Screen/Triage Test For Human Appendicitis

AspenBio Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: APPY), an emerging bio-pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of novel drugs and diagnostics for animals and humans, has outlined plans for submitting its final data package to the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) for market approval of AppyScore(TM), the first blood based screen/triage test for human appendicitis. Following […]

New Treatment Guidelines For Cancerous Cysts Management Of Pancreatic Cyst Lesions Assessed

At least 1 percent of hospitalized patients at major medical centers will have a pancreatic cystic lesion on cross sectional imaging, and up to one quarter of all pancreata examined in an autopsy series contained a pancreatic cyst. Until recently, pancreatic cystic lesions were thought to be benign, but new evidence suggests that they may […]