The biological links between obesity and gastrointestinal cancers

There are many studies that have demonstrated a connection between obesity and a person's risk of developing colon and other gastrointestinal cancers, and scientists at the Huntsman Cancer Institute's National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Cente are investigating approaches that can break this relationship.

Appendectomy for ulcerative colitis voted best research paper ESCP

The European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP) has announced the winner of its best abstract research paper as ‘Therapy refractory ulcerative colitis patients may benefit from appendectomy’ by Dr Merle Stellingwerf and colleagues at its 13th Annual Conference in Nice, France. Merle Stellingwerf was confirmed as the winner on the back of her presentation at the ‘Six Best Papers’ session at the event which is attended and voted on by specialists from across Europe.

ESCP awards Nuri Okkabaz prestigious Lars Påhlman EBSQ medal

The European Society of Coloproctologists (ESCP) has awarded the Lars Påhlman EBSQ medal to Dr Nuri Okkabaz from Bağcılar Training and Research Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey. Nuri Okkabaz was awarded the Lars Påhlman medal at the 2018 ESCP meeting after obtaining the highest score in the 2017 European Board of Surgery Qualification (EBSQ) exam, during a ceremony at the ESCP’s annual meeting in France 2018.

ESCP launches new European School of Coloproctology

The European Society of Coloproctology’s (ESCP) Education Committee has launched a new training school to help surgeons continue their professional education and development in the latest techniques of their field - the European School of Coloproctology (ESC). The School will offer a series of training courses in topics such as laparoscopic complete mesocolic excision and creation of continent pouches and continent ileostomies.

Early-life gut microbiota could have lasting effect on ability to fight chronic diseases

New research showing that the first bacteria introduced into the gut have a lasting impact may one day allow science to adjust microbiomes - the one-of-a-kind microbial communities that live in our gastrointestinal tracts - to help ward off serious chronic diseases. The discovery sheds new light on how these microbiomes, which are as personal as fingerprints, establish themselves and what drives their unique nature.

Colon cancer is associated with bacteria and cell stress

Researchers at Technical University Munich have reported colon cancer is caused by bacteria and cell stress, more specifically activated transcription factor ATF6 and that chronic inflammation has no effect on cancer development in the colon. It was known that ATF6 regulates stress in cells, and the intensity and duration of activation is increased with diseases. In this latest study, ATF6 incidence was found to be increased in colon cancer patients.