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Colonoscopy is examination of the inside of the colon using a colonoscope, inserted into the rectum. A colonoscope is a thin, tube-like instrument with a light and a lens for viewing. It may also have a tool to remove tissue to be checked under a microscope for signs of disease.
Oral therapeutic drug shows promise against recurrent C. difficile infection

Oral therapeutic drug shows promise against recurrent C. difficile infection

Results from a Phase 1b/2 trial suggest that an investigational microbiome-based, oral therapeutic drug is effective for the treatment of recurrent C. difficile infection. In a paper published online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, a multi-institutional research team reports that treatment with the preparation, containing the spores of approximately 50 species of beneficial bacteria, successfully prevented recurrence of C. difficile infection (CDI) in patients with a history of multiple recurrent disease. [More]
VolitionRx initiates study to assess NuQ blood tests for detection of prostate cancer

VolitionRx initiates study to assess NuQ blood tests for detection of prostate cancer

VolitionRx Limited today announced that it has initiated a study to assess the feasibility of using the Company’s NuQ blood tests to detect prostate cancer. The study is in collaboration with the Surrey Cancer Research Institute of the University of Surrey in the UK. [More]
Researchers use new method to assess quality of colonoscopies performed in outpatient facilities

Researchers use new method to assess quality of colonoscopies performed in outpatient facilities

Colonoscopies are now a routine preventive diagnostic test for millions of Americans each year. While rates are low, complications like perforation, bleeding, and anesthesia-related heart failure can occur. Yale School of Medicine researchers have now developed a quality measure that uses follow-up hospital visits to track the variation in colonoscopy quality among outpatient facilities. [More]
Certain ethnicities diagnosed with colorectal cancer at younger ages

Certain ethnicities diagnosed with colorectal cancer at younger ages

Even though the possibilities of colorectal cancer increases with age, a new study found that certain ethnicities are starting to be diagnosed with the condition at younger ages than ever before. [More]
New report highlights resourcing issues in services for patients with bowel cancer

New report highlights resourcing issues in services for patients with bowel cancer

A new report published today (12 January 2016), by the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI) and Bowel Cancer UK, highlights numerous areas of service provision that fall short of having the resources needed to provide optimum service and safety for bowel disease patients. [More]

Simplified test screening recommendation welcomed by Bowel Cancer UK

Following the announcement today, 15 January 2016, by the UK National Screening Committee on the introduction of the FIT (faecal immunochemical test) home screening kit for bowel cancer in England, leading charity Bowel Cancer UK has welcomed the announcement. [More]
Chromoendoscopy superior to other surveillance methods in detecting dysplasia in IBD patients

Chromoendoscopy superior to other surveillance methods in detecting dysplasia in IBD patients

Chromoendoscopy is superior to random biopsy or white-light colonoscopy in detecting dysplasia in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), according to a long-term surveillance study led by James F. Marion, MD, Professor of Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Director of Education and Outreach at The Susan and Leonard Feinstein Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Center at The Mount Sinai Hospital, published online in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. [More]
Reducing cost for screening does not increase colorectal cancer screening rates

Reducing cost for screening does not increase colorectal cancer screening rates

Making colonoscopy available at no cost to eligible Medicare beneficiaries under the Affordable Care Act did not increase the number of people in this target population who regularly undergo the procedure, says a new large scale national study from University Hospitals Case Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center. [More]
AGA issues six new clinical practice guidelines

AGA issues six new clinical practice guidelines

In 2015, the American Gastroenterological Association issued six clinical practice guidelines, all published in AGA's official journal Gastroenterology, offering current, evidence-based point-of-care recommendations to guide physicians at the bedside. [More]
NYC’s colorectal cancer screening rates boosted and racial disparities eliminated

NYC’s colorectal cancer screening rates boosted and racial disparities eliminated

A concerted effort to increase colorectal cancer screening rates led to a dramatic increase in NYC screening colonoscopy rates among average-risk men and women and eliminated racial/ethnic disparities in screening [More]
New coalition formed to boost colorectal cancer screening rates in New York City

New coalition formed to boost colorectal cancer screening rates in New York City

A coalition formed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene which included a team from Mount Sinai to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in New York City resulted in a 40 percent increase in screening rates over four years. [More]
New approach helps Group Health to increase rates of lifesaving screening for colon cancer

New approach helps Group Health to increase rates of lifesaving screening for colon cancer

Mailing yearly stool kits--an alternative to the often-dreaded colonoscopy--has helped Group Health to boost rates of lifesaving screening for colon cancer, according to new research from Group Health Research Institute. [More]
Cancer survivors' journeys chronicled by Bethlehem artist and cancer survivor Susan Schaffer

Cancer survivors' journeys chronicled by Bethlehem artist and cancer survivor Susan Schaffer

Chronicling the journeys of cancer survivors, friends and family has been an emotional process, one filled with joy and shared sorrow for Bethlehem artist and cancer survivor Susan H. Schaffer. As part of her Visions of Hope series of acrylic paintings, Susan offers insight into the windows of the soul - her collection captures the eyes of the people willing to share their respective cancer journeys with her. [More]
GUMC study examines patients' most preferred methods for receiving common medical test results

GUMC study examines patients' most preferred methods for receiving common medical test results

The results of common medical tests are sometimes delivered to patients by email, letters or voice mail, but are these the most preferred methods? According to one of the first studies to look at this question, the answer is no. [More]
Cologuard stool DNA test: An accurate screening option for Alaska Native people with colorectal cancer

Cologuard stool DNA test: An accurate screening option for Alaska Native people with colorectal cancer

Cologuard stool DNA testing for colorectal cancer was found to be an accurate noninvasive screening option for Alaska Native people, a population with one of world's highest rates of colorectal cancer, concluded researchers from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Mayo Clinic. [More]
Mayo Clinic cancer experts find gaps in current colorectal cancer screening approaches

Mayo Clinic cancer experts find gaps in current colorectal cancer screening approaches

Colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death for men and women combined in the U.S. The goal of screening is to reduce the number of people who die from this common cancer. According to Mayo Clinic cancer experts there are gaps in current screening approaches in terms of detection accuracy, patient willingness to use them, and accessibility. [More]
Study shows vitamin D, calcium supplements fail to protect against colorectal cancer

Study shows vitamin D, calcium supplements fail to protect against colorectal cancer

A large, randomized study at 11 U.S. hospitals including Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center found that vitamin D and calcium supplements fail to protect against developing colorectal cancer. [More]
Sequenom signs clinical collaboration with University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

Sequenom signs clinical collaboration with University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

Sequenom, Inc., a life sciences company committed to enabling healthier lives through the development of innovative products and services, today announced that it has entered into a clinical collaboration with University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) in Germany. [More]
New capsule form of FMT raises hopes for treating C. difficile infection

New capsule form of FMT raises hopes for treating C. difficile infection

A new capsule form of faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) has raised hopes that this effective treatment for Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection and other bowel conditions might soon become mainstream. A recently-reported study confirmed that capsules containing a frozen suspension of faecal material harvested from healthy unrelated donors was well tolerated and effectively resolved diarrhoea in 90% of patients with difficult-to-treat C. difficile infection. [More]
Mercy open new Endoscopy Suite to promote and practice gastrointestinal health

Mercy open new Endoscopy Suite to promote and practice gastrointestinal health

Mercy Medical Center has announced the opening of a new, state-of-the-art Endoscopy Suite to promote and practice gastrointestinal health. The unique, high-tech suite is located on the 2nd floor of Mercy's Mary Catherine Bunting Center at 345 St. Paul Place. Bunting Endoscopy will be under the direction of Dr. Paul J. Thuluvath, Medical Director of The Melissa L. Posner Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy. [More]
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