February 2003 Vol Issue

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USE OF MII IN EVALUATING PATIENTS WITH ESOPHAGEAL DISEASE, SERIES

Combined MII and Esophageal Manometry (MII-EM)

Radu Tutuian and Donald O. Castell

Doctors Tutuian and Castell write that combining MII and manometry provides the opportunity to describe and quantify the functional aspect of esophageal contractions. The results obtained may clarify which patients with "abnormal" manometry actually have an esophageal function defect.



NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT IN GASTROENTEROLOGY, SERIES #2

Lactose Intolerance: Considerations for the Clinician

Stacey McCray

Some thirty percent of Americans have decreased lactase levels, which may lead to lactose intolerance. This article by Ms. McCray provides practical guidelines for working with patients who are lactose intolerant and are at a risk for inadequate intake of calcium and vitamin D.



GERIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY, SERIES #9

Dietary Fibers: Its Role in Older Adults

T.S. Dharmarajan, Jaikumar Ravunniarath and C.S. Pitchumoni

Interest in dietary fiber has resurged in the last few decades because of potential beneficial effects for health. Based on current evidence, the authors of this article discuss dietary fiber in older adults including the role of fiber in many diseases such as diverticular disease, constipation, IBS, cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, and metabolic disorders.



FROM THE LITERATURE

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



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