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NIH releases the first research plan to reduce the burden of digestive diseases
Date:4/2/2009

a to diagnose and evaluate inflammatory bowel diseases based on comprehensive genetic studies

  • Developing new treatment strategies for intestinal failure and regeneration, nutritional disorders and support, surgically modified gut (altered stomach following bariatric surgery for weight loss), and transplantation

  • Understanding the neuromuscular biology of diseases of the oropharynx (mouth and pharynx) and esophagus

  • Improving treatments for the diverse diseases of the stomach and small intestine

  • Developing more efficient ways to categorize diseases of the colon and rectum

  • Identifying the biologic and genetic triggers for acute and chronic pancreatitis

  • Testing new approaches to detect, prevent and treat diseases of the liver and biliary system (organs and ducts that produce and move bile to help digestion)

  • Using bioengineering, biotechnology, and imaging to improve patient outcomes and treatments

  • Each year about 105 million visits to doctors' offices are for digestive diseases, often driven by symptoms such as stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting or nausea.

    The diseases cost the United States $100 billion in direct medical costs every year. Prescription drugs for diseases such as gastroesophageal reflux are among the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. For more information about digestive diseases, see www.digestive.niddk.nih.gov.

    It was against the backdrop of human suffering and health care costs that the former NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni established the commission in 2005. He charged the commission with reviewing current and needed research on digestive diseases. The report identifies recent research advances and new and emerging opportunities for future study.

    The 16 appointed members of the commission represent academic and medical research, health ca
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  • Contact: Leslie Curtis
    niddkmedia@mail.nih.gov
    301-496-3583
    NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
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