May 2007 Vol 0 Issue 5

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VIRAL HEPATITIS

Introduction to a New Series

Jorge L. Herrera, Series Editor



VIRAL HEPATITIS, SERIES #1

Increasing Adherence to Therapy for Recurrent Hepatitis C After Liver Transplantation by Starting at Lower Drug Doses and Adding Growth Factors

Nazir Rahim, Colette Prosser, Christopher Bowlus, Natalie Török,Christoph Troppmann, Rajen Ramsamooj, Michael O'Brien and Lorenzo Rossaro

Report of a study to determine if the use of escalating doses of interferon and ribavirin along with growth factors increases the adherence to therapy in patients with recurrent hepatitis C.



COLORECTAL CANCER, SERIES #2

Influence of Screening on the Incidence and Mortality of CRC

Rene Lambert

Doctor Lambert's paper gives the definition, evaluation and strategies of screening for colorectal cancer. He concludes "the development of primary screening with endoscopy will increase the impact of screening on the incidence, and specific mortality from colorectal cancer."



GI MOTILITY: A SERIES FROM THE AMS, SERIES #9

The GI Surgeon and Gastroparesis

Sean P. Harbison and Henry P. Parkman

The complexity of gastroparesis makes it a challenge to define the role of surgical intervention. This article provides an overview of current surgical treatment modalities.



A SPECIAL ARTICLE

Update on Treatment of Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome Using Gastrointestinal Serotonergic Agonists and Antagonists

Eli D. Ehrenpreis

Serotonin is a key factor in GI functions, including motility, visceral sensitivity and intestinal secretion. Insight into the critical role serotonin plays in the GI tract function has led to the development of GI tract-specific serontonin agonists and antagonists. Recent clinical trials have demonstrated that several of these agents provide relief in patients with IBS and that they reduce the severity of individual symptoms in these patients.



NUTRITION ISSUES IN GASTROENTEROLOGY, SERIES #50

Bottled Water Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction

Linda K. Leising, Philip L. McCarthy, Jr., Theresa Hahn, Lauren Dunford and Melissa McKernon

This article examines the basic differences between tap water and bottled water, the safety of reusing plastic water bottles, and the safety of popular refillable sports bottles.



THE CELIAC DIET, SERIES #9

The Gluten-Free Vegetarian

Amy E. Pagano

While challenging, an gluten-free vegetarian diet can be nutritionally adequate, satisfying and healthful. This article provides ideas, recipes and sample meals for vegetarians and vegans who must maintain a gluten-free diet.



A CASE TO REMEMBER

Diffuse Hepatic Melanoma Mimicking Acute Alcoholic Hepatitis

Stanley Martin Cohen, Mitchell Kaplan and Shriram Jakate

A report of a case of acute alcoholic hepatitis (AAH) diagnosed clinically and was found to be diffuse hepatitic melanoma



Departments Section


Book Reviews

Gastroenterology Quick Glance

Edwards ZC
McGraw Hill, 2006
ISBN: 0071421904; $49.95

This pocket-sized handbook packs plenty of information to satisfy the training GI fellow and is more than enough for medical residents and students.



The Clinician's Guide to Acid Peptic Disorders and Motility Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract

Parkman HP and Robert S Fisher RS.
SLACK Incorporated, Thorofare, NJ, 2006
ISBN-10: 1-55642-716-6; $62.95

This is an excellent update and comprehensive review of clinical motility in today's practice.



From the Literature

Murray H. Cohen, D.O., editor of "From the Literature" reviews papers in gastroenterology that readers may have missed.

Topics in this section:

NERD/Microscopic Changes

Reducing Dose in Retreatment of Patients with Hepatitis C

Portal Venous Thrombosis Natural History and Therapy

Once Versus Twice MMX Mesalamine in UC

Ribavirin Dose Reduction in HCV Therapy

Treatment of Lamivudine-Resistant HBV

Octreotide in Gastrointestinal Angiodysplasia

Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy and Pancreatitis

Anticoagulation After Treatment for Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Endoscopic Pancreatic Function Testing

Drug-Induced Microscopic Colitis

Tegaserod in Chronic Constipation in Men

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Obesity

Technique to Improve Visibility During Colonoscopy

Multi-Channel Intraluminal Impedance Combined with or Separate from pH Studies in GERD



FROM THE PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY LITERATURE

Topics in this section:

Does Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Heterozygote Status Worsen Chronic Liver Disease in Children?

Nitric Oxide and Necrotizing Enterocolitis