Texting can be good for your health

Studies have shown that success in losing weight is affected by how often patients see a health-care professional. Patients benefit from the doctor’s advice and reminders on nutrition, exercise, stress management, time management and tips on finding healthy,...
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Reminders for DDW®

Welcome to Chicago, IL and Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017! Here you will attend the first and foremost GI event in the world over the next four days. Included below is some information you’ll need to make the meeting go smoothly. Registration and Materials...
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2017 Mobile App Now Available

The DDW® 2017 mobile planner is live! Consisting of the online planner and mobile app, these comprehensive tools place the meeting in an easy to navigate, centralized location. They help attendees navigate the meeting's science, exhibitors, and events from their...
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DDW® 2017 Exhibit Hall Preview

With Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017 less than one month away, it’s a good idea to start planning how and where your time will be spent. The Exhibit Hall is most definitely worth your time. Open May 7-9 in Chicago’s McCormick Place, South Hall A from 9:30 a.m. to 4...
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GI Technologies and Procedural Innovations

Staying ahead of the curve when it comes to new medical technology is exceedingly important for GI professionals, and DDW helps you to do just that.
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Learn About Pediatric GI Advances During DDW® 2017

Come to Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017 to stay current on advances in pediatric gastroenterology that will ultimately help you improve your young patients’ care throughout the year. Use the Pediatric GI Track to locate sessions from this topic area and add them to...
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The Online Planner Is Now Available

The Online Planner is here to make all your session scheduling a breeze while in the windy city for Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017.
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Obesity and Nutrition at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017

In an era when rates of obesity and other lifestyle-related diseases are dominant, it is important for both current and future health professionals to stay updated on advances in the field.
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Discover Chicago During DDW® 2017

With DDW fulfilling the professional portion of your trip to Chicago, it’s time to start planning your relaxation.
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Health-Care Delivery, Disparities and Practice Management

Discover DDW® 2017 sessions from the Health-Care Delivery, Disparities and Practice Management Track.
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If One Pill Cures All, Why Aren’t All Patients Cured?

DDW TV spoke with speaker Michael W. Fried, MD, FAASLD, about the incredible strides made in the treatment of hepatitis C – and how to address the small percentage of patients who don’t respond immediately to the new therapeutics. Watch...

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Health Policy in the US: Where are we now?

DDW TV spoke to session speaker, Ross F. Goldberg, MD, FACS, about the updates in MACRA and MIPS, the update in quality metrics, and we ask how academic centers are functioning within the new payment models. Watch...

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A Clinician’s Guide to FMT

DDW TV covered this important session, which focused on practical advances and challenges with fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT). One of the session speakers, Colleen Kelly, MD, FACG, talked about the best ways to perform FMT for the treatment of recurrent C....

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Texting can be good for your health

Studies have shown that success in losing weight is affected by how often patients see a health-care professional. Patients benefit from the doctor’s advice and reminders on nutrition, exercise, stress management, time management and tips on finding healthy,...

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Fight for fair reimbursement will continue, AGA president says

“In his presidential address on Monday at DDW®, AGA President Timothy Wang, MD, AGAF, reviewed AGA’s accomplishments and priorities under his leadership over the past year, highlighting several new tools that help AGA members address changes to the GI practice environment.

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Hear the ‘Best of DDW’ in one session

Representatives from each of the four participating DDW® societies will highlight the top research abstracts presented over the course of this year’s meeting during Tuesday’s Best of DDW session. DDW Council Chair Grace H. Elta, MD, AGAF, FASGE, and DDW Council Treasurer Steven A. Edmundowicz, MD, FASGE, will moderate the two-hour session, a perennial favorite for meeting attendees.

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World Cup competition features top endoscopy videos from around the globe

The best endoscopic videos from around the world will be showcased during Tuesday’s seventh annual ASGE World Cup of Endoscopy. Each video will be presented and scored by an international panel of 10 judges. One winner will be declared at the end of the session and the top three countries will receive gold, silver and bronze medals.

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Society presidents gather at Women in GI Luncheon

The gastroenterology community welcomes female presidents of four GI societies (left to right): Karen L. Woods, MD, FASGE, ASGE president-elect; Sheila E. Crowe, MD, AGAF, AGA president-elect; Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG, ACG president; and Anna S. Lok, MD, FAASLD, AASLD president.

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Hospitalized cirrhotic patients present multiple treatment challenges

Patients who are hospitalized with cirrhosis are in trouble. They may have hepatic encephalopathy leading to impaired mentation and possible coma. They may have acute kidney injury that requires a liver transplant. They may have portal hypertension leading to ascites and spontaneous bacterial peritonitis. And they may have potentially fatal variceal bleeding.

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Newly approved obesity treatments will be reviewed during lunch symposium

Eight experts will discuss novel endoscopic approaches for the treatment of obesity during Tuesday’s Kelly and Carlos Pelligrini SSAT and SAGES Luncheon Symposium. The annual symposium, which qualifies for up to three hours of CME credit and does not require a ticket, is co-sponsored by SSAT and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).

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Symposium to explore divergent global CRC screening guidelines

CRC screening guidelines vary around the world. The U.S. is one of the only countries, for example, that relies heavily on colonoscopies for CRC screening in average-risk populations. Other countries tend to rely on less expensive and less invasive screening technologies for average-risk screening.

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Speaker Spotlight: Andrew P. Keaveny, MD, FRCPI, FAASLD

Andrew P. Keaveny, MD, FRCPI, FAASLD

Consultant Hepatologist and Medical Director of Liver Transplant, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida; Associate Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science; Chair, AASLD Annual Meeting Education Committee; Member of the AASLD Maintenance of Certification and Scientific Planning Committees

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Claim CME credits at onsite kiosks

DDW® 2017 offers attendees the chance to earn up to 40.25 continuing medical education (CME) credits by participating in designated sessions. Each of the four sponsoring societies — AASLD, AGA, ASGE and SSAT — issue credits based on the sessions attended. In general,...

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From Hog to Human — How Pigs Can Help Fight Superbugs

The ongoing fight against deadly “superbugs” is aimed at an elusive goal — finding a way to allow antibiotics to do their crucial work, while simultaneously preventing side-effects that damage our natural disease-fighting gut microbiome, whose “good bacteria” are...

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Heartburn Medications Do Not Promote Bone Loss

GERD is extremely common, with up to one in four American adults experiencing symptoms at least once a month. The mainstay of treatment is proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which reduce stomach acid and relieve heartburn. In recent years, several observational studies...

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SSAT president prescribes passion as the antidote to burnout

‘Your life’s work should be fun. If it’s nothing more than a job, it’s time to find your passion.

That was the message from SSAT President Nathaniel J. Soper, MD, who recounted his professional journey Sunday morning at DDW® during the annual SSAT Presidential Address.

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Physician innovators must be determined, entrepreneurial to get a medical device or technology to market

Have an idea for a new medical device, technology or service? Getting it to market is a complex, time-consuming process that requires analytical and management skills, great communication, collaboration and leadership, according to Virender Sharma, MD, AGAF, who shared lessons he’s learned as a physician innovator on Saturday at DDW® during a session sponsored by the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology.

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