The Northwestern Esophageal Quality of Life scale is a validated tool to measure health-related quality of life for patients with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, achalasia, dysphagia and Barrett's esophagus, researchers reported in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. The 14-item hybrid scale was created by reviewing and consolidating existing health-related quality-of-life measures into a questionnaire and was evaluated in 212 patients at an outpatient gastroenterology practice. Read the abstract.
Before leaders can help their employees, they must discover and embrace their own inner genius, says Bob Rothman, co-chief operating officer at Gap International. The truth is that everyone is truly great at something, Rothman says, and acknowledging their gift in one area can help them improve in others.
Investigators at Edinburgh University found proteins in urine that could be be used to diagnose stomach and pancreas cancer earlier, when they are more treatable. The study in the journal Proteomics-Clinical Applications found most advanced cancer patients tested had two specific proteins in their urine that those without cancer did not have, and further research will evaluate whether people with early stages of the cancers also have them.
An Ohio mom whose 10-year-old son has eosinophilic esophagitis, which can be triggered by eating certain foods, created a four-minute video about the autoimmune disease and its effects. She says parents and teachers often ask what foods her son, Ryan, can eat and the video answers some of those questions.
A man who has lived with celiac disease for a decade said his diagnosis was a relief and allowed him to take charge of his diet and his treatment. He made his home kitchen gluten-free but said he still faces challenges looking through restaurant menus to find out if dishes include gluten. He is also eager to see the FDA make mandatory the labeling of products gluten-free.