New Colon Cancer Test as Effective as Colonoscopy: Study

Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 08:26 AM A novel colon cancer test from Exact Sciences Corp. (EXAS) and the Mayo Clinic using the DNA of specimens that patients collect at home detects more tumors than methods focusing on blood in the stool, a study found. The research released Tuesday by the New England Journal of Medicine…

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Impact of Time to Colonoscopy After a Positive Fecal Test Result.

TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Patients with a positive fecal immunochemical test (FIT) were retrospectively analyzed to evaluate the association between time to colonoscopy and the risk of colorectal cancer. There was no significant difference in the risk of any colorectal cancer or advanced-stage disease for patients undergoing colonoscopy at 8 to 30 days, 2 months, 3 months,…

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Cold Application Decreases Fibromyalgia Pain

This article shows that a 10-minute cold application on the trapezius muscle tied to significant decrease in pain score. MONDAY, May 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Local cold applications on the trapezius muscles significantly decreases the pain of patients with fibromyalgia, according to a study published online April 17 in the International Journal of Rheumatic…

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Many High-Risk Patients See No Need to Modify Unhealthy Lifestyle

by Nicole Lou Contributing Writer, MedPage Today May 03, 2017 People with unhealthy habits generally know they should change, although 1 in 5 of the highest-risk patients endorsed no need to do so, a Canadian population-based study found. In general, having more potentially modifiable risk factors correlated with an individual’s perceived need to improve his…

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For Bad Backs, It May Be Time to Rethink Biases About Chiropractors

Aaron E. Carroll THE NEW HEALTH CARE MAY 1, 2017 About two of every three people will probably experience significant low back pain at some point. A physician like me might suggest any number of potential treatments and therapies. But one I never considered was a referral for spinal manipulation. It appears I may have…

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Is soda bad for your brain? (And is diet soda worse?)

Both sugary, diet drinks correlated with accelerated brain aging Date: April 20, 2017 Source: Boston University Summary: Excess sugar — especially the fructose in sugary drinks — might damage your brain, new research suggests. Researchers found that people who drink sugary beverages frequently are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller overall brain volume, and…

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 Magnesium may prevent bone fractures

Earlier this month, there was an article published that suggests that low levels of magnesium may increase the risk of bone fractures and that, conversely, high levels may ward off this cause of disability. Bone is much more than calcium, and it may be a good idea to ask your doctor to test your magnesium…

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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use is associated with increased risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

This article published in 2017 suggests that there is an increased risk of cardiac arrest.  Cardiac arrest is the sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness. Sudden cardiac arrest usually results from an electrical disturbance in your heart that disrupts its pumping action, stopping blood flow to the rest of your body. Sudden…

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Sugar and artificially sweetened beverages linked to obesity: A systematic review and meta-analysis

APRIL 18, 2017 QJM: An International Journal of Medicine Ruanpeng D, et al. Researchers evaluate the relationship between intake of sugar and artificially sweetened soda and obesity. This study exhibited an important relationship amongst sugar and artificially sweetened soda intake and obesity. This finding brings issues to light and question of the negative clinical effect…

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DASH Diet May Reduce Your Chance of Gout Attacks Within 30 Days

April 13, 2017 Clinical Rheumatology TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Participants adhering to either the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet or a control diet underwent repeated serum uric acid (SUA) measurement to evaluate the time required for the DASH diet to affect SUA levels. The participants following the DASH diet had a reduction in SUA of…

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