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From American College of GastroenterologySeptember 14, 2012

Top Story

  • CRC outreach increases cancer screenings, study finds
    An outreach program that sent a physician's letter, cancer fact sheet and a fecal occult blood test kit to underserved individuals resulted in 30% completing a colorectal cancer screening, compared with 5% of a usual care group. The study by researchers at Northwestern University also included follow-up calls and letters to people who did not respond to the first mailing. Medscape (free registration) (9/10) Email this Story

Guide to Healthy Living

  • Not all sources of gluten are obvious, dietitian says
    Following a gluten-free diet includes watching out for hidden sources of gluten, which can be in condiments such as soy or bean sauce common in Chinese recipes, or in the coatings and fillers in vitamins and medications, registered dietitian Tamara Duker Freuman writes. Crumbs inside a toaster or peanut butter and spreads used by others in a household can contain transferred gluten from other products. U.S. News & World Report/Eat + Run blog (9/11) Email this Story
  • Hope for food allergy patients: Better tests, desensitization
    Not all people who are diagnosed with food allergies are in fact allergic, experts say. For those who are allergic, new methods to reverse the conditions using desensitization have shown some success. Food allergies now affect some 5% of children, according to CDC data, but some experts say a combination of overdiagnosis and environmental factors may help explain the increased incidence. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (9/10) Email this Story
  • Lower drug costs seem to boost patient compliance
    Patients taking medications for chronic conditions are more likely to refill prescriptions if they have low out-of-pocket costs, according to a literature review. People with the best drug coverage were the most likely to fill prescriptions and the least likely to suffer new complications, the review found. Patient education, behavioral support and case management were also found to boost prescription adherence. Reuters (9/11) Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • Study: Celiac patients show brain abnormalities
    MRI scans showed functional and structural brain deficits in celiac disease patients who display neurological symptoms, U.K. researchers report. Patients with balance problems had smaller cerebellar volumes compared with control subjects, and celiac patients also showed lower gray matter density and significant white matter abnormalities. Medscape (free registration) (9/10) Email this Story
  • Fish oil may help colon cancer patients during chemotherapy
    Patients with colorectal cancer who took 2 grams of fish oil daily while having chemotherapy maintained their baseline weight and improved their C-reactive protein/albumin ratio, Brazilian researchers reported. The study included just 23 patients whose nutritional and inflammatory biomarkers were assessed at baseline and after nine weeks of chemotherapy. (9/11) Email this Story

Policy Watch

  • Implementing Medicare vouchers would take years, experts say
    Proposals to partially privatize Medicare would take years to come to fruition, experts told attendees at a conference hosted by America's Health Insurance Plans this week. Proposals to create a voucher system, an idea that's been around for nearly two decades, have not spelled out the details of how such a plan might work. Reuters (9/10) Email this Story
  • Repealing the ACA would increase health care spending, study says
    Seniors and the federal government would pay more for Medicare benefits that include prescription drugs and other health care if the Affordable Care Act is repealed in its entirety, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The law eventually will close the Medicare Part D drug coverage gap, covers preventive services without cost-sharing and will reduce payments to hospitals through the trust fund. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (9/10) Email this Story
  • IRS tells Congress it won't enforce the ACA tax
    The IRS will not audit taxpayers regarding the Affordable Care Act's requirement that filers who do not have health insurance pay a penalty, IRS Deputy Commissioner Steven Miller told a House subcommittee. Reuters (9/11) Email this Story

The Last Word

News and information from the American College of Gastroenterology

  • Gallstone disease: Are you at risk?
    Gallstones are one of the most common gastrointestinal problems, especially for women. Women between the ages of 20 and 60 years are three times more likely to develop gallstones than men. Learn more about the symptoms and risk factors for developing gallstone disease. Email this Story


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--Thomas Edison,
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"Back in January I weighed around 240 lbs. I was going to the bathroom 30 times a day with a lot of cramping and having a lot of intestinal pain. I knew I had to change my way of life. So I decided to go on Weight Watchers and go gluten-free. This would be a big change for me as I love my gluten :)
"Here it is 7 months later. I am happy to say, it is working beautifully. I am down 25 lbs. Best of all, my Crohn’s is just about in remission. I am only going to the bathroom 3-4 times a day. ... Overall, I have made a real impact on my health for the better." -- blog post from A Guy With Crohn's

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