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From American College of GastroenterologyMarch 6, 2013

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

  • March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Are you at risk?
    If you have a history of colon cancer -- or even colon polyps -- in your family, you may be at higher risk of getting the disease. This is especially true if you have one or more first-degree relatives with cancer or polyps diagnosed before age 60. 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 from ACG. Email this Story
  • Want to know more about the importance of family history?
    Visit where you can find information, tips for talking with your family members and tools for compiling a family health history tree that you can take to your doctor. Email this Story
  • Super Colon helps open door to bowel talk
    A giant inflatable colon was set up in New York City's Times Square last week to kick off Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The Prevent Cancer Super Colon travels the country to educate the public about CRC and tour guide Cheryssa Jensen says while people who go through the exhibit laugh and are shy at first, after a while they begin to share information. Programs like this and a billboard promotion in Canada are meant to pull back the curtain on a difficult-to-discuss issue, says gastrointestinal oncologist Dr. Jordan Berlin. "They're trying to say, yes, you're embarrassed to talk about it, but it is it really worth risking your life not to talk about this?" ABC News (3/4) Email this Story
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  • Dietary fiber has digestive, heart health benefits
    Adding fiber to the diet helps the digestive system and promotes heart health, says nurse practitioner Jody Gilchrist of the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Soluble fibers increase satiety and reduce cholesterol, while insoluble fiber can help prevent constipation by adding bulk to the digestive system. Gilchrist advises increasing fiber consumption gradually and drinking lots of water. HealthDay News (3/2) Email this Story

Guide to Healthy Living

  • VA looks at new strategies for treating HCV
    Veterans Administration hospitals are leading the effort to improve treatment and cure rates for hepatitis C, which is disproportionately common among veterans. Treatment is complex and expensive, however, so the VA is looking at using new strategies, such as group appointments, that may help the military and civilian physicians better manage the disease. Connecticut Health Investigative Team (3/4) Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • Study recommends celiac test before bariatric surgery
    Researchers in Argentina report there may be benefits to testing patients for celiac disease before bariatric surgery, citing five morbidly obese patients who tested positive even though four did not have clear symptoms. They recommended screening patients for celiac disease before bariatric surgery to determine the best strategy for the procedure. (3/4) Email this Story
  • Celiac disease, IBD linked to migraine, study finds
    A Columbia University study links celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease with higher risk of migraine. Senior author Dr. Peter Green said the IBD connection was a surprise, and the findings suggest inflammation could play a role in headaches among patients with either condition, although it's also possible different mechanisms are involved. Medscape (free registration) (2/28) Email this Story
  • GLP-1 drugs raise pancreatitis risk in type 2 diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes patients who took glucagon-like peptide-1-based drugs such as sitagliptin and exenatide faced twice the risk of hospitalization for acute pancreatitis within 60 days of starting treatment, compared with those who took other diabetes medications, according to a Johns Hopkins University study. Experts said the study provides a warning that the full effects of using these drugs are unknown, especially concerning the risk for pancreatic cancer. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (2/25), MedWire News (U.K.) (2/28) Email this Story

Clinical Trial Monitor

A selection of U.S. based clinical trials seeking participants

  • Is the Neosquamous Epithelium "Normal" Following Endoscopic Ablation of Dysplastic Barrett's Esophagus?
    North Carolina. Email this Story
  • BLI800-480: A Safety and Efficacy Evaluation of 2 Different Bowel Cleansing Preparations in Adult Subjects
    Alabama, California, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia. Email this Story
  • Morphotek Investigation in Colorectal Cancer: Research of MORAb-004 (MICRO)
    California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin. Email this Story
  • Exercise and Metformin in Colorectal Cancer Survivors
    Massachusetts, North Carolina. Email this Story
  • Linsitinib To Treat Patients With Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors
    California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, Pennsylvania. Email this Story

The Last Word

News and information from the American College of Gastroenterology

  • Obesity: Do you know your GI risks?
    Do you weigh more than you should? Losing weight is more than about looking good, it is about being healthy. If your goal is to shed excess pounds, you're not alone. Millions of people suffer from obesity, which, if left untreated, could potentially lead to serious health problems. From ACG, Obesity: Do You Know Your GI Risks? will provide you information about obesity, its dangers, what you can do to improve your health and tools and tips to help you succeed. Email this Story


Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus."
--Alexander Graham Bell,
Scottish-born American inventor

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"Most people with colon polyps do not have symptoms. Often, people don't know they have one until the doctor finds it during a regular checkup or while testing for something else. But some people do have symptoms, such as bleeding from the anus ..., constipation or diarrhea that lasts more than a week, [or] blood in the stool." National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

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