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New Advances and Insights in Gastroenterology Presented at College's 74th Annual Meeting
Date:10/21/2009

BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Many of the world's preeminent gastroenterologists will gather for the American College of Gastroenterology's (ACG) 74th Annual Scientific Meeting at the San Diego Convention Center starting Monday, October 26, 2009, to review the latest scientific advances in gastrointestinal research, treatment of digestive diseases and clinical practice management.

Presentations at the meeting will focus on new technologies being developed to diagnose and treat digestive diseases, new insights into digestive diseases, their causes and how they impact various sectors of the population. A press kit with highlights of important new science to be presented at the meeting will be available online at the ACG Web site www.acg.gi.org.

NOTE: News from the meeting is embargoed until Monday, October 26, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. EDT/8:00 a.m. PDT.

Highlights from this year's ACG Scientific Meeting include:

Effects of World Trade Center Cleanup Still Being Felt

In a six year study of World Trade Center workers, researchers probed the connection between the high frequencies of gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) and mental health disorders (MHD) reported among exposed workers during the post 9/11 cleanup. Their findings suggest that mental health disorders play an important role in the genesis and persistence of GERD among these workers and therefore treatment of the underlying mental health disorder may be necessary to resolve the physical manifestation of GERD.

For Bigger Athletes: Potential Future Health Risks

New primary research comparing the signs of metabolic syndrome in professional baseball and football players reveals that the larger professional athletes - football linemen - may encounter future health problems despite their rigorous
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