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From American College of GastroenterologyMarch 1, 2013

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

  • March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    Join ACG in support of the Colon Cancer Alliance’s National Dress in Blue Day

    Currently, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States -- but it doesn’t have to stay this way. Early detection through screening can dramatically reduce your risk for this disease. This means having your colon checked regularly starting at age 50 -- or sooner if you are at higher risk. ACG recommends screening for African-Americans begin at age 45. Join the Colon Cancer Alliance’s (CCA) National Dress in Blue Day on March 1, or plan your Dress in Blue Day to help raise awareness for colon cancer. Learn how you can get involved. Visit ACG’s Colorectal Cancer Health Center for more information, tools and resources.

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Top Story

  • FDA sends gluten-free regulation for final review
    The FDA has submitted new rules governing gluten-free food labeling for final White House review. The agency has been developing the rules since 2005. It says products can be labeled gluten-free if they do not contain whole or hybrid wheat, rye or barley; wheat flour or other such products that have not had gluten removed; or any ingredient composed of more than 20 parts per million of gluten. The Hill/RegWatch blog (2/26) Email this Story

Guide to Healthy Living

  • Research may provide gluten exposure safety net
    Ongoing studies may yield treatments that make gluten less toxic to people with celiac disease or those who are gluten sensitive, says dietitian Tamara Duker Freuman. Researchers are testing larazotide acetate as a way to block a reaction if small amounts of gluten are unintentionally consumed, along with enzyme therapies that could disarm gluten before it harms the digestive system. U.S. News & World Report/Eat+Run blog (2/26) Email this Story
  • Study: Caesarean birth, bottle feeding affect gut bacteria
    Infants delivered by caesarean section and those who do not breast-feed may not develop healthy gut bacteria needed to help regulate digestive and bowel functions and the immune system, Canadian researchers report. These microbes serve an important role in infants by "telling the immune cells not to overreact to certain bacteria but to react to others," said researcher Anita Kozyrskyj of the University of Alberta. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/25) Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • RYGB outperforms drugs, gastrectomy in lowering A1C
    Roux-en-Y gastric-bypass surgery fared better than sleeve gastrectomy and optimal medical therapy in reducing A1C levels and boosting insulin sensitivity and beta-cell function in patients with diabetes, according to a study in Diabetes Care. "Gastric bypass essentially was like CPR to a failing pancreas. It was able to restore its function, and this led to durable blood sugar control for these patients," said researcher Dr. Sangeeta R. Kashyap. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/26) Email this Story

Policy Watch

  • FDA seeks more data on hepatitis B vaccine Heplisav
    The FDA declined to approve Heplisav, an hepatitis B vaccine developed by Dynavax Technologies, and asked for more information on safety. In a complete response letter, the agency said it is open to a more limited use. Dynavax plans to meet with the FDA within six weeks. Reuters (2/25) Email this Story
  • Poll: Most voters are against cuts to Medicare, Social Security
    A majority of voters feel that the federal budget should be balanced, but that cuts should come from defense spending before reductions to programs such as Medicare and Social Security, according to a survey. Sixty-nine percent of respondents opposed reducing social programs, while 49% said they would choose military spending cuts. The Hill (2/25) Email this Story

The Last Word

News and information from the American College of Gastroenterology

  • NSAIDs and ulcers: How to avoid unsuspected damage
    If you're one of millions who take NSAIDs for pain relief, you may be at risk for ulcers and GI bleeding. You can reduce the risk of these common side effects by following a few simple guidelines. Learn important safety tips on the use of NSAIDs. Email this Story


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