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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.
Research roundup: Benefits of smaller practices; Rx price growth; fixing Medicare claims reviews

Research roundup: Benefits of smaller practices; Rx price growth; fixing Medicare claims reviews

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services within the Department of Health and Human Services has taken steps to prevent its contractors from conducting certain duplicative postpayment claims reviews-;reviews of the same claims that are not permitted by the agency-;but CMS neither has reliable data nor provides sufficient oversight and guidance to measure and fully prevent duplication. [More]
VolitionRx installs automated liquid handling system to increase rate of blood sample analysis

VolitionRx installs automated liquid handling system to increase rate of blood sample analysis

VolitionRx Limited, a life sciences company focused on developing blood-based diagnostic tests for different types of cancer, today announced it has installed a Tecan EVO200 automated liquid handling system in its Namur, Belgium laboratory. [More]
Screening with flexible sigmoidoscopy results in reduced incidence, death rate of colorectal cancer

Screening with flexible sigmoidoscopy results in reduced incidence, death rate of colorectal cancer

Among about 100,000 study participants, screening with flexible sigmoidoscopy resulted in a reduced incidence and rate of death of colorectal cancer, compared to no screening, according to a study in the August 13 issue of JAMA. [More]
Screening test for colon cancer wins FDA approval

Screening test for colon cancer wins FDA approval

The test, called Cologuard, can detect genetic mutations in patients' stool samples that are associated with cancerous and precancerous growths. [More]
African Americans less likely to engage in CRC screening in VA healthcare system

African Americans less likely to engage in CRC screening in VA healthcare system

According to researchers in California, African Americans' participation in colorectal cancer screening is low and the use of colonoscopy infrequent despite similar access to care across races in a Veterans Affairs healthcare system. [More]
New guideline recommends genetic testing of tumors for colorectal cancer patients

New guideline recommends genetic testing of tumors for colorectal cancer patients

Of the 143,000 patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer annually in the U.S., up to 25 percent have a familial risk of colorectal cancer. A new guideline from the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer recommends genetic testing of tumors for all newly diagnosed colorectal cancer patients. [More]
University of Bradford researchers devise simple blood test to diagnose cancer

University of Bradford researchers devise simple blood test to diagnose cancer

Researchers from the University of Bradford, UK, have devised a simple blood test that can be used to diagnose whether people have cancer or not. [More]
Fecal transplantation safe, effective for treating C. difficile in immunocompromised patients

Fecal transplantation safe, effective for treating C. difficile in immunocompromised patients

Researchers have found that fecal transplantation is effective and safe for treating C. difficile in immunocompromised patients. This is the result of a study led by Colleen Kelly, M.D., a gastroenterologist in the Center for Women's Gastrointestinal Medicine at The Women's Medicine Collaborative. [More]
Research roundup: Role of primary care in reducing readmissions; air transport for wounded soldiers; hospital prices

Research roundup: Role of primary care in reducing readmissions; air transport for wounded soldiers; hospital prices

Follow-up with a primary care provider (PCP) in addition to the surgical team is routinely recommended to patients discharged after major surgery despite no clear evidence that it improves outcomes. [More]
Small antioxidant molecules suppress colon cancer associated with colitis

Small antioxidant molecules suppress colon cancer associated with colitis

Researchers from Case Western Reserve and Dartmouth universities have shown that a class of small antioxidant molecules carries enormous promise for supressing colon cancer associated with colitis. [More]
UEG calls for more nurse endoscopy workforce to reduce CRC deaths

UEG calls for more nurse endoscopy workforce to reduce CRC deaths

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is currently estimated to claim the lives of 214,675[1] adults in Europe, equivalent to 1 death every 3 minutes. [More]
Six essential screening tests all men should receive during lifetime

Six essential screening tests all men should receive during lifetime

When it's comes men and health, the numbers don't stack up. Compared to women, men are 24 percent less likely than women to visit the doctor, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Yet, men are 28 percent more likely than women to be hospitalized for congestive heart failure and 32 percent more likely to receive care for complication of diabetes. [More]
Promising way to prevent disparities in colorectal cancer screening

Promising way to prevent disparities in colorectal cancer screening

People living in poverty are less likely to be screened regularly for colorectal cancer-and more likely to develop the disease and die from it. How to end these disparities-and raise screening rates, lower disease rates, and prevent deaths? A promising way is to mail fecal immunochemical tests (a newer kind of stool test) to populations, Beverly B. Green, MD, MPH, and Gloria D. Coronado, PhD, wrote in the June 17 JAMA Internal Medicine. [More]
New class of tumor-targeting agents can seek out dozens of solid tumors

New class of tumor-targeting agents can seek out dozens of solid tumors

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) report that a new class of tumor-targeting agents can seek out and find dozens of solid tumors, even illuminating brain cancer stem cells that resist current treatments. [More]
Studies confirm importance of men seeing physician on regular basis

Studies confirm importance of men seeing physician on regular basis

For many men being a father is about staying strong as they protect and care for their family. Some men see going to the doctor as a weakness or nuisance, but protecting your health is one of the best things a father can do for his family. [More]
When preventive services are not free

When preventive services are not free

Politico takes a look at the difficulties of carrying out the overhaul's mandate to provide free preventive services, while Kaiser Health News examines a study detailing how limited insurer competition increased consumer premiums. The Fiscal Times reports on a study projecting that high deductibles are likely to keep the premiums of exchange plans in check. [More]
First Edition: May 20, 2014

First Edition: May 20, 2014

Today's headlines include the latest reports on various states' challenges related to expanding the Medicaid program. [More]
Interactive multimedia computer program fails to increase colorectal cancer screening rates

Interactive multimedia computer program fails to increase colorectal cancer screening rates

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but too few people get tested. In an effort to increase these numbers,researchers from UC Davis and elsewhere investigated whether an individualized interactive multimedia computer program (IMCP) would spur patients to get screened. [More]

Salix Pharmaceuticals' total net product revenue increases 90% to $384.4 million in Q1 2014

Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. today announced financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014, and other business updates. [More]
Viewpoints: Evidence for Obamacare saving lives; a continuing role for Minnesotacare

Viewpoints: Evidence for Obamacare saving lives; a continuing role for Minnesotacare

People asking the ultimate question about the Affordable Care Act--will it actually save lives?--now have an answer, and it's yes. [More]