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From American College of GastroenterologyMarch 15, 2013

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

  • Make that call for colon cancer screening
    If you are age 50 or older, we urge you to Make That Call to your doctor today to schedule an appointment for colon cancer screening. If you are younger than 50 but have risk factors that increase your risk for colorectal cancer, Make That Call to your doctor to discuss screening at a younger age. With appropriate screening and early detection, this disease is often preventable and highly curable. It's your call. And it could save your life. Learn more.

    The American College of Gastroenterology, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health & Center for Advanced Digestive Care, the New York Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Colon Cancer Alliance and New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy as well as participating NYC businesses and organizations are partnering to help increase colon cancer awareness and screening through the Make That Call campaign. Email this Story

  • ACG note: ACG's screening recommendations advise African-Americans begin screening at age 45.  Email this Story
  • Judge says colonoscopy was only way to detect his cancer
    Lackawanna County Judge Carmen Minora became a supporter of colonoscopy screening after his first exam 10 years ago showed he had potentially deadly colorectal cancer. The Pennsylvania judge, who held a news conference in his courtroom to announce the diagnosis, said colonoscopy was the only test with the sensitivity to detect his cancer. WNEP-TV (Moosic, Pa.) (3/13) Email this Story

Top Story

  • Swallowing powerful magnets poses growing risk to children
    Neodymium-iron-boron magnets are 10 to 20 times stronger than ferrite magnets and pose a greater health risk for children if swallowed, according to a study from the University of Toronto. In the case of a 3-year-old boy who swallowed three of these rare-earth magnets, the magnets eroded through the intestinal walls, causing perforations that were repaired in surgery. "Multiple magnets, especially when swallowed at different times, can attract each other through loops of the gastrointestinal tract," lead author Dr. Daniel Rosenfield said. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Booster Shots blog (3/11) Email this Story

Guide to Healthy Living

  • Almond flour is safe, healthful alternative to wheat
    Almond flour is gaining ground as a wheat alternative, thanks to its gluten-free profile and abundant protein and healthy fats. Bakers say it works best for sweet items such as pancakes and cookies. Foods don't look and taste the same, but "now you can make these pretty muffins that have flavor and texture and beauty to them," says Lisa Barker of Honeyville Grain. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (3/13) Email this Story
  • Study shows how lack of sleep can lead to weight gain
    Young, healthy adults who were restricted to five hours of sleep per night and had unlimited access to food gained about 2 pounds in less than two weeks, according to research from the University of Colorado Boulder. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found the study participants ate less at breakfast, but their after-dinner snacking added up to more calories than any other individual meal. CBS News (3/12) Email this Story

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • HCV awareness linked to lower quality of life, survey shows
    Survey results from injection drug users showed that those who knew they had chronic hepatitis C had a lower quality of life than those who were unaware. Researcher Scott McDonald of Health Protection Scotland said while there was no evidence linking a specific quality-of-life factor directly to HCV infection, clinicians "need to understand the impact an HCV diagnosis can have on a patient." Healio (3/13) Email this Story

Policy Watch

  • Lawmakers from both parties offer 10-year spending plans
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Tuesday offered a 10-year budget plan that would partially privatize Medicare and repeal the Affordable Care Act. Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., said her committee's 10-year spending plan announced Wednesday would raise taxes by almost $1 trillion and put almost $100 billion toward creating jobs. The Washington Post (3/12) Email this Story
  • Few available health plans comply with EHBs, ACA requirements
    An analysis finds that only 2% of health plans on the market offer coverage that complies with the essential health benefits to be required under the Affordable Care Act. While basic benefits such as doctor visits, hospitalization and emergency care are offered in almost all plans studied, fewer included coverage of children's dental or maternity care. McClatchy Washington Bureau (3/7) Email this Story

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The Last Word

News and information from the American College of Gastroenterology

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    Tired of the abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation associated with IBS? IBS is a common digestive disorder affecting millions of Americans every day. Learn the facts about IBS and find out which treatment options are right for you. Email this Story


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