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1 in 3 Not Meeting Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines: CDC

Detecting colon cancer early saves lives, yet only about two-thirds of Americans aged 50 to 75 have undergone screening, health officials said earlier this week. Although the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that men and women 50 and older get screened, about 23 million Americans — or 28 percent of people who should be screened — have never done so, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HealthDay (11/5)

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Too Much Sitting Tied to Higher Risk of Colon Polyps in Men

Men who are more sedentary face a higher risk of recurring colon polyps, according to a new study, even if these men break up their downtime with bouts of recreational activities such as walking, jogging or golf. HealthDay (10/28)

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Fecal Transplant Cost Effective for Recurrent C difficile

A new analysis of the cost effectiveness of various strategies to combat recurring Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs) shows that fecal microbial transplantation delivered by colonoscopy is the best approach. Medscape (10/25)

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Gene May Explain Link Between Meat and Colon Cancer Risk

A specific genetic variant might help explain why eating red and processed meat is associated with an increased risk of colon cancer, a small, new study contends. HealthDay (10/24)

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Fecal transplant needs careful, measured approach

“We need to be thinking as scientists as well as clinicians and to a phased approach to using this in the future,” David T. Rubin, MD, FACG, co-director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, University of Chicago Medicine, said while delivering his portion of the American Journal of Gastroenterology Lecture during the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting. Rubin was joined by Stephen M. Collins, MBBS, department of medicine, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, in giving the lecture on the emerging role of the microbiome in the pathogenesis and management of inflammatory bowel disease.  Healio (10/16)

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Exercise Could Protect You From Esophageal Cancer

Making sure to get that workout in could help lower your risk of developing esophageal cancer, according to a new study.

Mayo Clinic researchers found an association between physical activity and risk of the cancer, with physically active people having a 32 percent lower risk of developing one of the two forms of esophageal cancer, called esophageal adenocarcinoma. Huffington Post (10/14)

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Colonoscopy Screenings Every 10 Years Could Prevent 40% Of Colorectal Cancers

A study published in the Sept. 19 New England Journal of Medicine provides some of the clearest evidence to date that colonoscopy has advantages over sigmoidoscopy for the prevention of colorectal cancer. Huffington Post (9/18)

Note: ACG, AGA and ASGE issued a press release on this study as well. Read it here.

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FDA panel: CT colonography a viable colorectal cancer screening option

The FDA’s Gastroenterology-Urology Devices Panel and Radiological Devices Panel found computed tomography colonography to be a viable tool for the diagnosis of colorectal cancer among asymptomatic patients aged older than 50 years in a joint meeting today.

ACG maintains that colonoscopy is still the gold standard in colorectal cancer screening and prevention. Please read the ACG-ASGE comment letter here. Healio (9/9)

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ACG releases guidelines for managing acute pancreatitis

The American College of Gastroenterology has issued practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of acute pancreatitis that appear in the September issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Healio (9/6)

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Barrett’s esophagus risk linked to heavy consumption of meat, fats

Patients who consumed the largest amounts of meat and saturated fats were at the greatest risk for developing Barrett’s esophagus in a recent case-control study. Healio (9/3)

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