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New research on GI health unveiled at American College of Gastroenterology's 2011 Meeting
Date:10/31/2011

University Hospital, in Mineola, New York, who assessed predictors of hospitalization in a population-based cohort of community acquired Clostridium difficile infection (CA-CDI), found that nursing home patients should receive special attention at the time they are diagnosed with C. difficile infection, as this variable appears to outperform other "on admission" variables including the Charleson comorbidity index in predicting outcomes in CDI.

Celiac Patients Face Potential Hazard As Information on Cosmetic Ingredients Difficult to Find

The lack of readily available information about cosmetic ingredients may cause patients with celiac disease who use lip, facial or body products to unknowingly expose themselves to gluten -- an ingredient they need to avoid, according to researchers from George Washington University. The study, prompted in part by a patient case, where a 28-year old woman experienced exacerbation of her celiac symptoms after using a body lotion advertised as "natural," focused on the top 10 cosmetic companies in the United States in order to evaluate the availability of information about cosmetic ingredients and the accessibility of gluten-free products.

Cigarette Smoking's Impact Lingers after Cessation: Current, Former Smokers May Face Impaired Pancreatic Duct Cell Function, Elevated Colorectal Cancer Risk that Persists Longer for Women

Cigarette smoking appears to impair pancreatic duct cell function -- even for those that quit -- putting all smokers at risk of compromised digestive function regardless of age, gender and alcohol intake, according to researchers from Center for Pancreatic Disease at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

In a separate smoking-related study, researchers from the University of Connecticut and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in Vermont found that the risk of advanced pre-cancerous tissue changes (neoplasia) was significantly elevated for women
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