7 things for gastroenterologists to know for today – April 3, 2015

Here are seven news updates for gastroenterologists to know for April 3, 2015.

Obama administration releases plan to fight antibiotic-resistant infections.
The Obama administration released the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, which outlines actions to be taken by several Federal agencies and departments. The action plan was created by the interagency Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month.
April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. "Bluntly put, chronic GERD, left untreated can lead to esophageal cancer," said Gary Reiss, MD, a gastroenterologist at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

ASGE hosts summit on duodenoscope infection control.
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy hosted the Duodenoscope Infection Control Summit on March 30. More than 60 experts in infection control, epidemiology, gastrointestinal endoscopy and medical device design gathered at the full-day summit. Participants also included the FDA, CDC and three endoscope manufacturers.

Study finds CRC incidence increases with age.
A new study has found that colorectal cancer diagnoses increased in patients more than 70 years old, compared to patients ages 55 to 69 years old. Previous studies have suggested that CRC incidence decreases with age. The study authors concluded that more research was needed to analyze the risks and benefits of colonoscopy surveillance by age.

Boston Scientific to acquire EUS device company.
Boston Scientific signed a definitive agreement to acquire Xlumena, a device company that focuses on the development, manufacture and sale of minimally invasive devices for endoscopic ultrasound. Boston Scientific will pay $62.5 million upfront and an additional $12.5 million when the HOT AXIOS system receives FDA clearance.

Cayuga Medical Center opens endoscopy center.
Cayuga Medical Center in Cortland, N.Y., opened its Cayuga Endoscopy Center in Ithaca, N.Y. The facility was built in collaboration with the Gastroenterology Associates of Ithaca. The GI practice includes four physicians: Peter Brennan, MD; Brent Lemberg, MD; Steve Rogers, MD; and Carl West, MD.

Opelousas General Health System honors Dr. Scott Boagni.
C. Scott Boagni, MD, a gastroenterologist, was one of the honorees at Opelousas (La.) General Health System's National Doctor's Day celebration. Dr. Boagni was honored for his 20 years of service to the health system. He completed his residency and fellowship at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans.

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