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From American College of GastroenterologySeptember 28, 2012

Top Story

  • Health insurance companies, employers work to clarify benefits
    Employers and insurers are now required to provide easily understood explanations of benefits and give consumers access to a glossary of insurance and medical terminology. The guides provide information on out-of-pocket costs, network providers and referrals, and coverage for certain common conditions. Reuters (9/24) Email this Story

Guide to Healthy Living

  • FMT provides relief for Ga. woman with recurrent C. diff
    Kaitlin Hunter of Georgia developed recurrent C. difficile infection after being treated with antibiotics following a car accident that left her with a lacerated liver and colon. After nine rounds of antibiotics failed to treat the infection, Hunter was cured with a fecal matter transplant. She did not get relief having the treatment delivered through a nasogastric tube but was cured using the colonoscopy method, which experts say may be best. A commercial suppository may eventually supplant the method. CNN (9/26) Email this Story
  • Getting people to eat more whole-grain foods is a challenge
    Most people do not eat the recommended daily servings of whole grains but many still think they are getting enough, which makes it difficult for dietitians to get them to increase their intake. Health professionals emphasize whole grain for its nutrition benefits, but barriers to increasing consumption include taste and texture differences as well as cost and availability. Today's Dietitian (9/2012) Email this Story
  • Kale is loaded with nutrition, dietitians say
    Kale is a cruciferous vegetable loaded with nutrition, offering a broad range of antioxidants and high vitamin levels for heart health, said registered dietitian Cheryl Harris. Kale has been shown to reduce cholesterol and aid digestion, and it may play a role in cancer risk reduction, but dietitians said it also can be hard on the digestive system when eaten raw. The Washington Post (9/24) Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • Many Crohn's patients will need surgery, study shows
    A population-based study found 58% of Crohn's disease patients will need at least one major abdominal surgery within two decades of diagnosis, researchers report in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Data showed patients who had disease extending beyond the large intestine were four times as likely to need surgery as patients whose disease was only in the colon. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (9/21) Email this Story
  • Generic diabetes therapy might treat cancer
    Researchers are studying the effects of metformin -- approved in 1958 to treat diabetes -- on breast, ovarian, colon, prostate and other cancers. The drug is safe and cheap, and it appears to improve survival in pancreatic cancer patients, says Donghui Li, an epidemiologist and professor of medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Bloomberg (9/26) Email this Story

Policy Watch

  • AHRQ drafts system for patients to report medical mistakes
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking approval on a prototype questionnaire that would encourage patients to report health care providers' errors and drug-related adverse events. The questionnaires or program information would be available at hospitals, doctors' offices and pharmacies and mailed to patients along with insurers' explanations of benefits. Researchers at the RAND Corp. and ECRI Institute would analyze the reports. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/22) Email this Story
  • Few expect the entire ACA to be repealed
    About 70% of Americans believe the Affordable Care Act will be implemented with some changes, and 12% believe the law will be overturned, an Associated Press-GfK poll found. Only 11% think the law will be implemented without changes, while 41% believe minor changes will be made and 31% expect major changes. Sixty-three percent said states should run health insurance exchanges. Yahoo!/The Associated Press (9/26) Email this Story

The Last Word

News and information from the American College of Gastroenterology

  • Colon cancer: Have you been screened?
    If you are 50 or over or have a family history of colon cancer, you should be screened. African-Americans should be screened beginning at age 45. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable -- and curable -- types of cancer when detected early. Since the risk of colon cancer increases with age, getting screened is essential. Learn more about colon cancer, who is at risk and when you should get tested. If you have a colonoscopy scheduled or would like to learn more about what to expect during the procedure, see the video, What to Expect During a ColonoscopyEmail this Story


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