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Five Categories of Lower Gastrointestinal Functional Bowel Disorders in Revised Rome IV Criteria
The new Rome IV criteria classify the functional bowel disorders into five distinct categories, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), functional constipation, functional diarrhea, functional abdominal bloating/distention, and unspecified functional bowel disorder. A new category for opioid-induced constipation, which is distinct from the functional bowel disorders, has been added.
Rome IV updates include more specific definitions and diagnostic criteria for functional gastroduodenal disorders such as functional dyspepsia, belching disorders, and nausea and vomiting disorders.
The Rome Foundation announced the release of updated and revised Rome IV diagnostic criteria for more than 20 different gastrointestinal disorders at DDW 2016.
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography is a common procedure in adult patients but a recent study looked at whether the procedure was safe for younger patients and whether it provided the same level of efficacy.
The field of gastroenterology is as wide as the the amount of the body that it covers. Because of this there are certain challenges doctors face whether they treat the entire gastrointestinal system or just specific parts.
Individualized medicine is a growing trend in health care and is making its way into the field of gastroenterology. Doctors are now looking to find treatments that not only work best for their patients but will also be easy for them to follow long term.
As a nonprofit organization OpenBiome is becoming one of the leaders in fecal microbiota transplantation technology and also working to boost other areas of public health as well.
The molecular mechanism permitting the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) to survive in nearly 50% of humans' stomachs has been identified, according to research published in Science Advances
China's type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) epidemic continues to be a pervasive, costly health care issue, with proportions surpassed only by epidemic here in the US. The majority of T2DM treatment guidelines recommend metformin as the first-line anti-hyperglycemic agent for diabetes management due to its relative safety, tolerability, and cost-effectiveness.

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