1Booster influenza vaccination does not improve immune response in adult inflammatory bowel disease patients treated with immunosuppressives: A randomized controlled trialJournal of Gastroenterology  Clinical Article
2Safety and activity of alisertib, an investigational aurora kinase A inhibitor, in patients with breast cancer, small-cell lung cancer, non-small-cell lung cancer, head and neck squamous-cell carcinoma, and gastro-oesophageal adenocarcinoma: A five-arm phase 2 studyThe Lancet Oncology  Clinical Article
3NEOSCOPE: A randomised Phase II study of induction chemotherapy followed by either oxaliplatin/capecitabine or paclitaxel/carboplatin based chemoradiation as pre-operative regimen for resectable oesophageal adenocarcinomaBMC Cancer  Full Text  Clinical Article
4Safety and efficacy of endoscopic spray cryotherapy for Barrett's dysplasia: results of the National Cryospray RegistryDiseases of the Esophagus  Clinical Article
5The prevalence of gastro-esophageal reflux disease and esophageal dysmotility in Chinese patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosisBMC Gastroenterology  Full Text  Clinical Article
6Nerve growth factor neutralization suppresses β-cell proliferation through activin A and betacellulinPancreas  Clinical Article
7Phase II study of mFOLFOX3 as second-line treatment after gemcitabine failure in patients with unresectable/metastatic biliary tract cancerCancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology  Clinical Article
8Effectiveness and safety of immunomodulators with anti-TNF therapy in Crohn's diseaseClinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology  Clinical Article
9Helicobacter pylori induces serine phosphorylation of EGFR via novel TAK1-p38 activation pathway in an HB–EGF-independent manner.Helicobacter  Clinical Article
10Gender differences in fecal immunochemical test performance for early detection of colorectal neoplasiaClinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology  Clinical Article
1IU researchers: Pancreatic cancer patients with particular gene signature may benefit from personalized treatmentIndiana University School of Medicine News
2Widely used food additive promotes colitis, obesity and metabolic syndrome, research showsGeorgia State University News
3How the landscape of the pancreatic cancer genome is coming into viewGarvan Institute of Medical Research News
4Bariatric surgery affects risk of pregnancy complicationsKarolinska Institutet
5Plant chemicals may prevent liver damage caused by fat accumulated during menopauseUniversity of Georgia Research News
6NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center develops new procedure to alleviate common side effects for gastric bypass patientsNewYork-Presbyterian
7Yale researchers reverse type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease in ratsYale School of Medicine News
8Gut microbes targeted for diagnosis, treatment of childhood undernutritionWashington University School of Medicine in St. Louis News
9Nearly half a million Americans suffered from Clostridium difficile infections in a single yearCDC
10Stellate cells in the liver control regeneration and fibrosisGerman Cancer Research Center News

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Risk factors for intra-abdominal abscesses in Crohn’s disease

As reported in Digestion, uncontrolled CRP at week 14 of therapy with infliximab (OR=1.36) and early loss of response to infliximab (OR=5.36) are independent risk factors for intra-abdominal abscesses in patients with Crohn’s disease.

SCCA-IgM predicts survival in HCC patients

As reported in the Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, SCCA-IgM levels are elevated in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) compared to patients with cirrhosis and healthy controls. Not only does the SCCA-IgM level predict overall and progression-free survival in HCC patients, but the sensitivity of SCCA-IgM in patients with HCC was 2-fold greater than AFP. A decline in SCCA-IgM levels was shown to be associated with response to treatment.

Predictors of sustained binge drinking

As reported in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, sustained binge drinkers have an earlier onset, drink monthly in secondary school, binged in their 20s, exhibit impulsivity and novelty-seeking, and have depressive symptoms during adolescence compared to those who stop binge drinking.

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