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February 24, 2016
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Dress in Blue Day is Friday March 4, 2016 – Colon Cancer Alliance

The Colon Cancer Alliance sponsors this day to raise awareness. Learn more about Dress in Blue Day at dressinblueday.org


February 16, 2016
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To prepare for your capsule endoscopy, your doctor is likely to ask that you:

  1. Stop eating and drinking at least 12 hours before the procedure. This will ensure that the camera captures clear images of your digestive tract.
  2. Stop or delay taking certain medications. To keep medication from interfering with the camera, your doctor might ask you not to take certain medications before the procedure. In other cases, your doctor will want you to take your medication two hours before or after you swallow the camera capsule that contains the camera.
  3. Plan to take it easy for the day. In most cases, you'll be able to go about your day after you swallow the camera capsule. But you'll likely be asked not to do strenuous exercise or heavy lifting. If you have an active job, ask your doctor whether you can go back to work the day of your capsule endoscopy.


February 16, 2016
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For good digestive health get insoluble and soluble fiber. It is important to consume both types of fiber, which each help your digestive system in different ways. Insoluble fiber, also known as roughage, can't be digested by the body and therefore helps add bulk to the stools. Soluble fiber draws in water and can help prevent stools that are too watery. Good sources of insoluble fiber include wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains; get soluble fiber from oat bran, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

 


February 16, 2016
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Today we are going to discuss How celiac disease is diagnosed? Celiac disease is suspected in people who have signs or symptoms of recurrent diarrhea, abdominal bloating, and malabsorption or malnutrition. Other diseases, however, can produce malabsorption and malnutrition, such as pancreatic insufficiency (a pancreas that is not able to produce digestive enzymes), Crohn's disease of the small intestine, and small intestinal overgrowth of bacteria. It is important, therefore, to confirm suspected celiac disease with appropriate testing.


Studies assess effects of coffee, vitamin C on liver disease 

A study of Chinese patients found that vitamin C intake may help nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.  A second study found daily coffee consumption was linked to a lower risk of liver cirrhosis!  
Healio (free registration) (2/2)
Medical News Today (2/3)


Complications from gastrointestinal endoscopy are rare. There is a slight risk of puncturing your throat (esophagus), stomach, or upper small intestine (duodenum). If this happens, you may need to have surgery to fix it. There is also a slight chance of infection after an endoscopy.

Bleeding may also occur from the test or if a tissue sample (biopsy) is taken, but this usually stops on its own without treatment. If you vomit during the examination and some of the material you vomit enters your lungs, aspiration pneumonia is a possible risk. If it develops, it can be treated with antibiotics.

 


February 05, 2016
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Did you know?  Stomach rumblings (borborygmi) are caused by wave-like muscular contractions (peristalsis) at the walls of the stomach and small intestine. These are normal digestion movements, however the process is louder and more noticeable when the stomach is empty as the sound is not muffled.


February 05, 2016
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Many people love spicy food and it doesn't bother their digestive system. Others find their tummy is upset when they have spicy food. It's not just scorching hot foods like chillies that trigger heartburn. Milder but flavourful foods like garlic and onion can also bring it on.

If spicy foods give you heartburn, stomach pain or diarrhoea, go easy on them in future. If you already have a problem like heartburn or an irritable bowel, avoid them completely.


Screening finds CRC at earlier stages, study says

UK researchers found almost two-fifths of colorectal cancer cases discovered through patient screenings were at stage I, compared with less than a fifth after a physician referral and about one-sixteenth when patients went to a hospital emergency department. Long-term survival is much better for colorectal cancer diagnosed at stage I, compared with stage IV.

Medscape (free registration) (1/26)


February 02, 2016
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Study: 15% of colorectal cancers found in people under age 50 

A study found one in seven colorectal cancers in the U.S. from 1998 to 2011 were diagnosed in people younger than 50, and younger patients were more likely to have tumors that had spread to lymph nodes or other organs. Researchers said younger colorectal cancer patients whose tumors had metastasized were more likely than older patients to get aggressive treatments.

Reuters (1/25)




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