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How A Simple Colorectal Cancer Screening Saved A Life












Why Get Screened? Many people with early colon cancer do not feel unwell or show any symptoms, so its important to get regular screenings to identify and diagnose colon cancer. We know that colon cancer screening saves lives and this test is an easy way to get screened, Dr. Williams said. The FIT is simple to take and can be done in the privacy and comfort of your home. Use the kit to get a fecal sample and then mail it back to your doctor in the envelope provided. If there are traces of blood in the sample, your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy, as blood may be a sign of colon cancer. Prado describes FIT as painless, quick and easy, admitting it was stubborn of him to disregard the doctors advice all those years. Now Prado is grateful. Im so thankful Kaiser Permanente found that cancer in me and took care of it all. Recent Kaiser Permanente research shows that tests like FIT can detect about 79 percent of colorectal cancers. Findings also show the test will correctly identify about 94 percent of patients who do not have cancers of the rectum or colon. <br><br>browse around here http://www.oconeeenterprise.com/ara/health_and_wellness/a0fd9926-0919-538f-8985-1396216b1617.txt





What’s worse than a colonoscopy? A colonoscopy involving an earthworm.





However, if you enjoy imagining worms inside you, then by all means, read on! Although this study sounds like a bad science fiction plot, it is indeed a peer-reviewed paper describing a colonoscopy-performing robot whose movement is designed to mimic an earthworm. This robot is particularly good at crawling through tubes. And by tubes, we mean your intestines. A micro creeping robot for colonoscopy based on the earthworm. Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) has become one of the most important research areas in the field of medical engineering. Robotic colonoscopy is a typical medical procedure that complies with the requirements of MIS. In this paper, a new novel miniature robot for intestinal inspection based on the earthworm is described; its diameter and length are 7.5 mm and 120 mm respectively. The micro robot is driven by a DC motor which has good performance and sufficient power. In this paper the structure and locomotion mechanism of this robot are introduced; the mechanical model is built; and simulation is carried out. The control system and software design are also discussed in detail. Some actuating characteristic experiments have been performed, where the micro robot creeps in declining rubber tubes. The experimental results are in accord with simulation results, and show that this kind of robot can move reliably in horizontal and certain declining tubes. <br><br>why not try here http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/seriouslyscience/2014/02/21/whats-worse-colonoscopy-colonoscopy-involving-earthworm/





Aurora Gastroenterology Practice Scopes Out Abnormalities In The Large Intestine With Colonoscopy





Get all of the details here . If you are a current subscriber and havent signed up for All Access yet, get started here . Choose an online service. You must login to view the full content on this page. Create or log into your All Access account To log in, enter the email and password for your Times-Dispatch All Access account. Havent signed up for All Access yet? Get started here Email Or, use your linked account: facebook Need an account? Create one now. Need more information about All Access? Get all of the details here . If you are a current subscriber and havent signed up for All Access yet, get started here . <br><br>click here for more http://www.timesdispatch.com/entertainment-life/health/your-health/your-health-colonoscopy-preventive-health-screening-and-the-aca/article_42b517aa-c49c-5677-9304-57bbc8093ca6.html





Your Health: colonoscopy, preventive health, screening and the ACA





In addition to detecting colon cancer, a colonoscopy can also identify ulcers, colon polyps and areas of inflammation and bleeding. An accurate reading of a colonoscopy depends on the health care professional administering the colonoscope. You should seek advice from an experienced professional, such as Dr. Chin. To prep for a colonoscopy, you need to clean out your colon by going on a clear liquid diet, ridding your digestive system and colon of stool. Once the colon prep is completed, you will go to your colonoscopy appointment. During the colonoscopy exam, patients are typically sedated to lessen any discomfort. Some patients opt out of sedation, but this is entirely up to the person undergoing the colonoscopy. Remember to talk to your doctor about all of the steps involved in this procedure, including your choice of sedation. Make sure to be completely honest with your doctor; you don't want to leave out any details related to your symptoms and concerns. You should get the full scope of your digestive issue. To schedule a colonoscopy in Aurora with Dr. Chin, call (303) 369-8088. Or patients can go to www.georgeslchinmd.com to submit an online appointment request form. New patients are always welcome! <br><br>have a peek at these guys http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/aurora-gastroenterology-practice-scopes-out-abnormalities-in-the-large-intestine-with-colonoscopy-377994.php



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How To Confirm The Causes Of Iron Deficiency Anemia In Young Wom












pylori infection and celiac disease with the use of two tests (human recombinant tissue transglutaminase IgA antibodies and anti-H. pylori IgG antibodies) in women aged < 50 affected by IDA in order to increase the compliance for gastroscopy. Their study will be published on June 14, 2009 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology In this study, 115 women aged < 50 years with IDA were tested by human recombinant tissue transglutaminase IgA antibodies (tTG) and anti-H. pylori IgG antibodies. All cases underwent gastroscopy with biopsies of stomach and duodenum, irrespective of tests results. Of the 115 patients, 45.2% of women were test-positive. The serological results were confirmed by gastroscopy in 100% of those with positive H. pylori antibodies, in 50% of those with positive tTG and in 81.5% of test-negative patients. Sensitivity and specificity were 84.8% and 100% for H. pylori infection, and 80% and 92.8% for tTG, respectively. The gastroscopy compliance rate of test-positive women was significantly increased in comparison with those test-negative (65.4% vs 42.8%; Fisher test P = 0.0239). <br><br>go now ok http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090623111958.htm












"Drop in" gastroscopy outpatient clinic - experience after 9 months



1. Questionnaire (1 A) for patients after gastroscopy ("drop in" group) version 25.02.09 2. Questionnaire (1 B) for patients after gastroscopy (appointment group) 3. Questionnaire (2) for GPs who refer to outpatient clinic for gastroscopy. 4. Evaluation of "drop in gastroscopy" - questionnaire for the staff at the clinic (3). This file can be viewed with: Microsoft Word Viewer During June 2009, all referring GPs, clinicians and nurses received a questionnaire (additional file 1 : questionnaire 2 and 3 repectively) asking whether they were satisfied with the organization of outpatient gastroscopy. We also asked GPs if they wanted a purely technical endoscopic procedure or a more complete gastroenterological consultation in connection with the gastroscopy. Questionnaire repliers were anonymous, but gender was specified and age was registered in three age categories. Statistics Patients in the "Drop in" group and in the appointment group were selected based on certain criteria. Nevertheless we wanted to use statistical methods for visualization of expected differences - Chi-square for categorical variables and Student's t- test for assumed continuous variables. Statistical processing was carried out with SPSS 15.0 (Chicago, Illinois, USA). The project was approved by the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD - 21,415). Being a quality assurance project on patient logistics it was not subject to assessment by the regional ethics committee for medical research. <br><br>look at this web-site http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-230X/12/12



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"drop In" Gastroscopy Outpatient Clinic - Experience After 9 Mon








Tell Me A Gastroscopy And Colonoscopy Are Not That Big Of A Deal!





This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0 ), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Abstract Background Logistics handling referrals for gastroscopy may be more time consuming than the examination itself. For the patient, "drop in" gastroscopy may reduce uncertainty, inadequate therapy and time off work. Methods After an 8-9 month run-in period we asked patients, hospital staff and GPs to fill in a questionnaire to evaluate their experience with "drop in" gastroscopy and gastroscopy by appointment, respectively. The diagnostic gain was evaluated. Results 112 patients had "drop in" gastroscopy and 101 gastroscopy by appointment. The number of "drop in" patients varied between 3 and 12 per day (mean 6.5). Mean time from first GP consultation to gastroscopy was 3.6 weeks in the "drop in" group and 14 weeks in the appointment group. The half-yearly number of outpatient gastroscopies increased from 696 before introducing "drop in" to 1022 after (47% increase) and the proportion of examinations with pathological findings increased from 42% to 58%. Patients and GPs expressed great satisfaction with "drop in". Hospital staff also acclaimed although it caused more unpredictable working days with no additional staff. Conclusions "Drop in" gastroscopy was introduced without increase in staff. The observed increase in gastroscopies was paralleled by a similar increase in pathological findings without any apparent disadvantages for other groups of patients. This should legitimise "drop in" outpatient gastroscopies, but it requires meticulous observation of possible unwanted effects when implemented. Keywords: endoscopy; gastroscopy; outpatient clinic; waiting lists Background A specialist health care reform was implemented in Norway in 2002 to facilitate referrals particularly for high-priority patients and reduce waiting time for specialist services. This aim was not met as the gain seemed to be limited to low rather than high priority patients [ 1 ]. <br><br>on front page http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-230X/12/12
















Most of the time these procedures are easy peasy so try not to worry about it. 0 Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying "I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher) celiac 49 years - Misdiagnosed for 45 Blood tested and repeatedly negative Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002 Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis All bold resoved or went into remission with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002 Some residual nerve damage remains as of 2006- this has continued to resolve after eliminating soy in 2007 Mother died of celiac related cancer at 56 Twin brother died as a result of autoimmune liver destruction at age 15 Children 2 with Ulcers, GERD, Depression, , 1 with DH, 1 with severe growth stunting (male adult 5 feet)both finally diagnosed Celiac through blood testing and 1 with endo 6 months after Mom Positive to Soy and Casien also Aug 2007 Gluten Sensitivity Gene Test Aug 2007 HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303 HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303 Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9) 1,050 posts Posted 16 October 2012 - 06:07 AM I had my first colonoscopy w/ no sedation. I'd seen them done (nurse) and wasn't at all scared. It was only a tad uncomfy but fascinating to watch and be able to ask questions. Had my second one earlier this year and was laughing w/ the staff about staying awake to watch w/ the conscious sedation. They put in the medicine into the IV and I woke up in the recovery room. Ha ha. Absolute piece of cake. I also had an endoscopy years ago and slept thru the entire thing. Don't be scared. That said... I have a friend who takes huge amounts of pain meds (morphine, etc) for chronic pain. She had a hard time because they couldn't knock her out w/ the conscious sedation. <br><br>knowing it http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/97397-tell-me-a-gastroscopy-and-colonoscopy-are-not-that-big-of-a-deal/



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The Use Of Capsule Endoscopy








Agile(TM) Patency Capsule Clears Stricture Patients for Small Bowel Diagnostic Procedure





After four hours, he may progress to a light snack. The patient will be asked to verify that the data record is blinking about every 15 minutes. The patient should report to the nurse any difficulty swallowing or breathing, any pain, or unusual sensations. Patients who choose to stay around the hospital while their test is being performed must be warned to avoid any areas where MRI tests are done. Once the recording time is complete, the patient returns the waist belt, and he is asked to watch his bowel movements for the capsule to pass. The patient is not asked to return the capsule; it should be flushed along with the bowel movement. If the patient has not seen the capsule pass in his bowel movement but he is not experiencing any pain, an abdominal X-ray can be done to ensure that the capsule has passed from the patients body. Capsule Endoscopy of the Esophagus Capsule endoscopy of the esophagus was approved by the FDA in November 2004. It has been offered as an alternative to EGD for screening patients with chronic reflux and those with a known history of Barretts esophagus. However, the inability to retrieve biopsies of gastric fluid has left EGD as the preferred exam. The esophageal capsule endoscopy, also provided by Given Imaging, may be best suited for patients unwilling to undergo EGD. The Future of Capsule Endoscopy The greatest disadvantage of capsule endoscopy is the inability to retrieve tissue from suspicious areas. Currently, the capsule has only added increased visualization. The technology may soon change capsule endoscopy from a passive exam to an active/directed exam, with the potential to perform diagnostic procedures such as biopsies, fluid aspirations, and cytology brushing. Cynthia R. <br><br>clicking here http://www.endonurse.com/articles/2007/08/the-use-of-capsule-endoscopy.aspx
















Given Imaging has a number of available capsules: the PillCam SB video capsule to visualize the entire small intestine which is currently marketed in the United States and in more than 60 other countries; the PillCam ESO video capsule to visualize the esophagus; the Agile(TM) patency capsule to determine the free passage of the PillCam capsule in the GI tract and the PillCam COLON video capsule to visualize the colon that has been cleared for marketing in the European Union. PillCam COLON has received a CE Mark, but is not cleared for marketing or available for commercial distribution in the USA. More than 650,000 patients worldwide have benefited from the PillCam capsule endoscopy procedure. Given Imaging's headquarters, manufacturing and R&D facilities are located in Yoqneam, Israel. It has operating subsidiary companies in the United States, Germany, France, Japan, Australia and Singapore. Given Imaging's largest shareholders include Elron Electronic Industries (NASDAQ & TASE: ELRN). For more information, visit http://www.givenimaging.com . This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, projections about our business and our future revenues, expenses and profitability. Forward-looking statements may be, but are not necessarily, identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "anticipates," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," and words and terms of similar substance. <br><br>visit this page content



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Study Identifies Double-balloon Enteroscopy As Cost-effective Ap












The base-case (hypothetical) patient was a 50-year-old man with a six-month history of recurrent melena (stools stained black by blood pigment or dark blood products) and associated iron deficiency. The patient had a prior normal upper endoscopic examination, colonoscopy, and small bowel x-ray series. The patient was considered to be a candidate for a CE, as well as endoscopic or surgical therapy, for presumed small-bowel sources of the bleeding. A cost-effectiveness analysis is a quantitative method used to evaluate the outcomes and costs of interventions designed to improve health. Researchers in this study used decision analysis software to create a decision flow chart to compare no therapy (reference arm) to five other treatment options: (1) push enteroscopy, (2) intraoperative enteroscopy (done in an operating room requiring a formal surgery), (3) angiography, (4) initial anterograde DBE, followed by a retrograde DBE if the patient had ongoing bleeding, and (5) small bowel CE followed by a DBE guided by the CE findings. Patients in the CE arm would only proceed to a DBE if they had persistent obscure bleeding after the CE examination. Patients with normal CE examinations and ongoing GI hemorrhage would undergo an initial anterograde DBE, with the assumption that a lesion might have been missed on the prior CE examination. The patients in the no-therapy arm would not undergo any endoscopic interventions. The analysis was performed from a third-party payer perspective over a one-year time horizon. Facility and professional fees were based on Medicare allowable payments for rural and urban areas for four major markets in the U.S. (Calif., Ill., NY and Ga.). Costs of inpatient hospital services were obtained by using the 2005 Medicare Prospective Payment System diagnosis related group. <br><br>look at this site http://phys.org/news146746399.html












Study examining large-scale data of double balloon enteroscopy shows it is safe and effective





Inflammatory lesions and vascular lesions are the most common findings in patients with suspected mid-gastrointestinal bleeding in Eastern and Western countries, respectively, according to DBE. Although DBE failed to identify a proportion of lesions, they consider that the performance of DBE is acceptable because the symptoms of a significant proportion of patients without positive findings would not recur during follow-up. They noted that DBE is considered to be a safe procedure with few complications, most of which are minor. In an accompanying editorial, Andrew S. Ross, MD, Digestive Disease Institute, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Wash., stated, "we finally have composite large-scale data to support what we have suspected - DBE performed in appropriately selected individuals is a highly useful and extremely safe clinical tool that can be used for a variety of indications for deep enteroscopy. Although it is clearly an improvement over technologies of the past, DBE is not without its limitations and does not provide an answer in every patient. No amount of data can replace clinical vigilance and long-term follow-up. In the case of small-bowel disorders and obscure GI bleeding in particular, it is up to us as endoscopists to selectively choose from the now-myriad selection of devices within our toolbox that can help us to solve what is often a vexing clinical problem." ### About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with nearly 12,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit www.asge.org and www.screen4coloncancer.org for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area. About Endoscopy Endoscopy is performed by specially-trained physicians called endoscopists using the most current technology to diagnose and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Using flexible, thin tubes called endoscopes, endoscopists are able to access the human digestive tract without incisions via natural orifices. <br><br>here are things http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-09/asfg-ldo092611.php



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