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  • Mark Obexit Day with a favor to yourself!

    01/20/2017 3:16:44 AM PST · by gasport · 15 replies
    Get a colonoscopy. Colo-rectal cancer is almost totally preventable.
  • Katie Couric returns to ‘Today’ show as guest co-anchor

    01/02/2017 11:16:25 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 40 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | January 2, 2017 12:53 pm | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime “Today” show viewers are being treated to a familiar sight this week as Katie Couric returns to the co-anchor chair for the first time in more than a decade. Couric rejoined Matt Lauer on Monday to begin a weeklong stint on the NBC morning program. She told Lauer, “It just feels like I never left.”
  • Colonoscopy not needed for routine colorectal cancer screening, task force says

    02/23/2016 2:14:57 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 149 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | 2/22/16 | Sheryl Ubelacker
    TORONTO-New Canadian guidelines say colonoscopy should not be used for routine screening to detect colorectal cancer in patients with no symptoms or family history of the disease. The guidelines from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care strongly recommend that low-risk patients aged 50 to 74 be screened using fecal occult blood tests every two years or sigmoidoscopy every 10 years. Sigmoidoscopy involves the insertion of a flexible scope to view the lower portion of the colon and rectum rather than the entire tract, as is the case with colonoscopy. The task force also advises against screening asymptomatic patients...
  • A patient secretly records his colonoscopy. It cost this doctor her job.

    12/25/2015 3:39:57 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 181 replies ^ | June 23, 2015 |
    A patient undergoing a colonoscopy pressed “record” on his smartphone before being sedated, hoping to capture instructions from his physicians after the procedure. What he heard instead was shocking: “In addition to their vicious commentary, the doctors discussed avoiding the man after the colonoscopy, instructing an assistant to lie to him, and then placed a false diagnosis on his chart.” The incident cost his anesthesiologist $500,000 in the ensuing malpractice and defamation trial. The recording has to be heard to be believed.
  • Trump's Medical Report Is More Insane Than His Campaign Somehow [Liberal Whiners]

    12/14/2015 7:42:01 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 12/14/15 | Dr Strange
    Donald Trump's doctor released a medical report so silly that when we asked the American Medical Association about its language, their spokesman started to laugh. Donald Trump's doctor appears to be just as bombastic as he is. It's the only conclusion to be drawn from a hilariously bizarre letter that the mogul's doctor-Harold Bornstein-wrote about his yuuuugely terrific health. And the letter raises as many questions as it answers. .....Like Trump, Bornstein seems allergic to detail. And there's one conspicuous absence in the letter, according to Moreno: It has no mention of whether the mogul has ever had a colonoscopy....
  • Mayo Clinic's home test for colon cancer: Clean, easy, and it's not a colonoscopy

    10/27/2014 2:22:29 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 60 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 10-26-14 | Marilynn Marchione
    Starting Monday, millions of people who have avoided colon cancer screening can get a new home test that's noninvasive and doesn't require the icky preparation most other methods do. The test is the first to look for cancer-related DNA in stool. But deciding whether to get it is a more complex choice than ads for "the breakthrough test ... that's as easy as going to the bathroom" make it seem. On one hand, the test could greatly boost screening for a deadly disease that too few people get checked for now. On the other hand, it could lure people away...
  • Lawsuit: Man awoke from surgery in pink panties

    10/18/2014 9:25:07 AM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 76 replies
    Odd_News ^ | Oct. 17, 2014 | Ben Hooper
    DOVER, Del., A Delaware man's lawsuit alleges he awoke from anesthesia after a colonoscopy procedure to find he had been dressed in a pair of pink panties. The New Castle County Superior Court lawsuit, filed by attorney Gary Nitsche on behalf of Andrew Walls, 32, said Walls was employed by the Delaware Surgery Center in Dover when he underwent a colonoscopy procedure at the facility in 2012. Nitsche said his client was put under anesthesia during the procedure and he awoke after surgery to find someone had dressed him in pink women's underwear. "When the plaintiff initially presented for his...
  • FDA approves first DNA-based test for colon cancer

    08/11/2014 11:26:22 PM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    The Tribune -- San Louis Obispo ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | MATTHEW PERRONE
    The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patients' DNA to help spot potentially deadly tumors and growths. The Cologuard test from Exact Sciences detects irregular mutations in stool samples that can be an early warning sign of cancer. Patients who test positive for the mutations should undergo a colonoscopy to confirm the results. Doctors have long used stool tests to look for hidden blood that can be a warning sign of tumors and precancerous polyps. But company studies of Cologuard showed that it was more accurate at detecting cancerous tumors...
  • Pill Cam, Alternative to Colonoscopy approved by FDA

    02/04/2014 3:31:10 AM PST · by Pharmer1
    Down on the Pharm ^ | 2/4/2014 | pharmer1
    Did Belarusian programmers supply some of the Obamacare network software? Inquiring minds want to know..... Programmers linked to the government of Belarus claim to have supplied some of the code used in the Obamacare website. Valery Tsepkalo, of the Belarus government backed High Technology Park in Minsk, claimed (on Voice of Russia radio) that the HHS "is one of our clients" and that "we are helping Obama complete his insurance reform..... Our programmers wrote the program that appears on the monitors in all hospitals and all insurance companies- they will see the full profile of the given patient". MORE at...
  • Giant human colon replica gives the inside track – just take off your shoes first

    08/12/2013 1:31:45 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 53 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 9 Aug 2013
    If you ever wanted to know what it felt like to crawl through a colon you can now find out after a 40-foot-long model of the human part was created – just don’t wear your shoes. The giant replica is currently on show in Jacksonville, Florida, at the Ostomy Associations of America’s biannual meeting. The colon is used to transfer waste out of the human system and the model, which is four-foot-tall, allows visitors to get up close and personal to their insides. Barbara Heidenreich was excited about the exhibit, she wrote on Twitter: ‘Yesterday there was a giant colon...
  • I am starting preps for a Colonoscopy tomorrow! Any Suggestions? (Vanity)

    03/31/2013 4:06:06 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 182 replies
    31 March 2013 | US Navy Vet
    I just had my first glass of GoLytly! YUMM YUMM!
  • Biden promotes free colonoscopies to seniors in Florida

    09/28/2012 1:54:37 PM PDT · by DFG · 66 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/28/12 | Charlie Spiering
    In Florida this afternoon, Vice President Joe Biden reminded them that thanks to President Obama, they could now get colonoscopies without a co-pay. During his speech, Biden reminded the audience that some of their Republican friends would distort Obama’s record on Medicare. “Everyone knows, everyone in this room knows that President Obama has increased the benefits available to people on Medicare by the action he took,” Biden said. “You are now able to go get a wellness exam, and guys, if you conclude you need a colonoscopy because of the feeling you had or you need a breast health examination,...
  • Colonscopy Saves Lives: Study

    02/23/2012 8:25:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 | Diana Gonzalez
    A local colon cancer survivor says she's living proof Dental assistant Tonya Brinson is a colon cancer survivor. Brinson was diagnosed in 2007 when she was only 41 and when her son was a young boy. She called a specialist when she started bleeding. “Within a week of that time, he set me up with a colonoscopy, and thank God he did that," Brinson said. "He saved my life.” A study in The New England Journal of Medicine presented hard evidence that colonoscopies prevent death. The test gives a doctor the ability to see the colon and remove any suspicious...
  • Angry Patients Stuck With Big Medical Bills After “Bait And Switch”

    02/15/2012 3:18:25 PM PST · by qaz123 · 55 replies
    WBZ-TV ^ | February 14, 2012 | Joe Shortsleeve
    BOSTON (CBS) – The national health care reform law requires insurance companies to cover 100% of the cost of screening tests for dozens of potentially deadly diseases. But thousands of patients are finding out the hard way that free doesn’t always mean free. When Jim Dungee had his first colonoscopy, doctors found several polyps, which are a precursor to colon cancer. “Therefore, I had to come back in three years,” he said. The three year mark was back in December. Knowing the test could save his life, Jim did not hesitate to make an appointment. He even called his insurance...
  • ObamaCare: When Patients Really Pay On The Back End

    04/26/2011 11:47:45 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 6 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 4/26/2011 | David Hogberg
    ObamaCare is supposed to force insurers and Medicare to provide preventive services at no charge to the patient. Colonoscopy is considered a preventive service, thus there should be no out-of-pocket costs for getting one. Turns out, though, that ObamaCare is having some unintended consequences: (T)here’s a wrinkle in the highly touted benefit. If doctors find and remove a polyp, which can be cancerous, some private insurers and Medicare hit the patient with a surprise: charges that could run several hundred dollars.
  • Colonoscopy reveals incredibly resilient insect

    01/06/2011 11:16:20 AM PST · by Daffynition · 60 replies ^ | January 6, 2011 | unknown
    Colonoscopies are gross and scary enough on their own without cockroaches being introduced into the mix – but the photograph that you see before you is of exactly that: a cockroach in someone’s colon, a live one no less. A 52-year-old woman with a history of depression was referred by her primary physician for colorectal cancer screening. She had no family history of colorectal cancer and a review of systems was positive for abdominal bloating. Bowel preparation was done using 4 L of polyethylene glycol the evening prior to screening colonoscopy. The procedure was uncomplicated with no gross mucosal pathology,...
  • The End of My Cancer

    08/16/2010 10:46:29 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 145 replies
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 16 August 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    On 23 April I had a routine colonoscopy, and found out that I had cancer. I knew then I’d have to write this column once I knew the outcome. I had 25 days of chemotherapy, simultaneous with radiation therapy, followed by surgery on 11 August. The pathology reports came back yesterday. They were, as my surgeon said, ‘the best possible, given the circumstances.” They were clean margins and clean lymph nodes. The margins are the areas all around the site of the surgery. The lymph nodes are where cancer usually spreads first, from its original site. In laymen’s terms, I...
  • Routine Blood Tests Could Replace Colonoscopy

    08/03/2010 7:02:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies · 278+ views
    inn ^ | 8/3/10 | Hillel Fendel
    Tel Aviv University (TAU) researchers have discovered that routine blood tests can provide an early warning for colorectal cancer. Anemia, a common blood disorder characterized by low hemoglobin levels, has long been associated with those suffering from colorectal cancer. It doesn't happen suddenly, however - and Tel Aviv University researchers say they have found that gradually decreasing hemoglobin levels can actually indicate a potential for colon cancer years in advance. Graduate student Inbal Goldshtein, who works with Dr. Gabriel Chodick and Dr. Varda Shalev of TAU's School of Public Health and Maccabi Healthcare Services' Department of Medical Informatics, says that...
  • Most insane headline: "Harry Smith Colonoscopy to Air Live"

    03/09/2010 7:40:33 AM PST · by FreedomFighter1013 · 16 replies · 130+ views
    Miami Comedy Examiner ^ | March 8, 2010 | Greg C.
    The sub-head is even worse: "Katie Couric Will Be There Wednesday as He Undergoes the Procedure." Maybe she is going to do a "live remote" from inside the colon walls. She's pretty short. But, we wonder, why not stay and do the Evening News live from inside the colon? It certainly would give the Tiffany Network a new perspective. They might finally find Jimmy Hoffa or their lost dignity. more here
  • Obama's physical, Part 2: The fascinating politics of virtual colonoscopy screening

    03/02/2010 12:46:55 PM PST · by chuck_the_tv_out · 15 replies · 689+ views
    Minneapolis Post ^ | Mar 2 2010 | Paul Scott
    Yesterday's post looked at the issues relevant to health-care reform raised by the fact of the president's recent annual physical, starting with the act of getting an annual physical exam in the first place. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has long recommended that rather than a lock-step, one-size-fits-all approach, periodic health screening be conducted according to individualized factors. "This year's examination focused on evidence-based screening prevention and primary care, targeted to the president as an individual and his occupation," the exam's final report stated. And indeed, the president, who is 48, was too young to warrant much in...
  • Millions Skip Test for Colon Cancer

    02/16/2010 10:35:56 AM PST · by metmom · 113 replies · 1,546+ views ^ | Tuesday, February 16, 2010 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Nearly half the people who need potentially lifesaving checks for the nation’s second-highest cause of cancer deaths - colorectal cancer - miss them, despite years of public efforts to make colon screening as widespread as tests for breast and prostate cancer. The dreaded colonoscopy may get the most attention but a cheap, at-home stool test works, too - and when California health care provider Kaiser Permanente started mailing those test kits to patients due for a colon check, its screening rates jumped well above the national average.
  • Calif. Democrat Henry Waxman hospitalized

    07/01/2009 7:53:49 AM PDT · by HokieMom · 411 replies · 16,809+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A powerful House committee chairman with a central role in President Barack Obama's global warming and health care legislation has been hospitalized. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., was not feeling well Tuesday and was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for "routine testing," spokeswoman Karen Lightfoot said Wednesday.
  • A Moving Story

    10/24/2008 11:05:56 AM PDT · by Constitutions Grandchild · 12 replies · 834+ views
    Miami Herald | Unknown | Dave Barry
    Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist for the Miami Herald. Dave Barry's Colonoscopy Journal: > > I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy. A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a color diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis . Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a thorough, reassuring and patient manner. I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn't really hear anything he said, because my brain was shrieking, "HE'S...
  • Easily Overlooked Lesions Tied to Colon Cancer, Study Finds

    03/05/2008 4:50:13 AM PST · by libstripper · 7 replies · 105+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 5, 2008 | DENISE GRADY
    An easily overlooked type of abnormality in the colon is the most likely type to turn cancerous, and is more common in this country than previously thought, researchers are reporting. The findings come from a study of colonoscopy, in which a camera-tipped tube is used to examine the lining of the intestine. Generally, doctors search for polyps, abnormal growths that stick out from the lining and can turn into cancer. But another type of growth is much more dangerous, and harder to see because it is flat or depressed and similar in color to healthy tissue. Japanese researchers became concerned...
  • Dave Barry: A journey into my colon -- and yours (funny but serious)

    02/24/2008 10:56:07 AM PST · by nuconvert · 170 replies · 2,412+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Feb. 22, 2008 | Dave Barry
    Dave Barry: A journey into my colon -- and yours OK. You turned 50. You know you're supposed to get a colonoscopy. But you haven't. Here are your reasons: 1. You've been busy. 2. You don't have a history of cancer in your family. 3. You haven't noticed any problems. 4. You don't want a doctor to stick a tube 17,000 feet up your butt. Let's examine these reasons one at a time. No, wait, let's not. Because you and I both know that the only real reason is No. 4. This is natural. The idea of having another human,...
  • Forty-Two

    08/09/2007 12:07:38 PM PDT · by 60Gunner · 110 replies · 2,122+ views
    8/9/07 | 60Gunner
    I turned 42 years old yesterday. There are a few ways of looking at this age. A pessimist, of course, would say that I'm already halfway to 84. On the other hand, there is some significance attached to this age. For example: I'm twice as much fun as a 21-year-old; I'm young enough to be naughty and old enough to appreciate it. My age also happens to be the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. It isn't so bad. Except maybe when I try to get into/out of my car, chair, bed, etc. and make...
  • Bush has five polyps removed, reclaims powers

    07/21/2007 7:23:39 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 23 replies · 980+ views
    WASHINGTON -- President Bush had five polyps discovered and removed during a routine colon cancer test Saturday, the White House said. They were small and "none appeared worrisome," White House spokesman Scott Stanzel told reporters after the colonoscopy, performed at the presidential retreat in Camp David, Maryland. Further tests will be conducted on the polyps, he said. At 7:16 a.m. ET Bush, 61, invoked Section 3 of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to voluntarily transfer his powers of the presidency to Vice President Dick Cheney while he was unable to discharge his duties during the colonoscopy procedure. e...
  • President Bush temporarily will transfer power to Vice President Dick Cheney

    07/20/2007 9:30:24 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 252 replies · 12,306+ views
    CNN ^ | July 20, 2007
    President Bush temporarily will transfer power to Vice President Dick Cheney while Bush has a colonoscopy Saturday.
  • Study Questions Colonoscopy Effectiveness

    12/15/2006 10:45:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies · 2,045+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 14, 2006 | GINA KOLATA
    For years, patients and many doctors assumed that a colonoscopy was a colonoscopy. Patients who had one seldom questioned how well it was done. The expectation was that the doctor conducting the exam would find and cut out any polyps, which are the source of most colon cancer. But a new study, published today in The New England Journal of Medicine, provides a graphic illustration of how wrong that assumption can be, gastroenterologists say. The study, of 12 highly experienced board-certified gastroenterologists in private practice, found some were 10 times better than others at finding adenomas, the polyps that can...
  • New Pill Cleanses Bowel Before Colonoscopy - OsmoPrep tablets gain FDA approval

    03/22/2006 10:56:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 3,075+ views
    WEDNESDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- OsmoPrep tablets (sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate and sodium phosphate dibasic anhydrous) have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to cleanse the bowel before a colonoscopy, a test to detect colon cancer. The tablet's maker, Salix Pharmaceuticals, said OsmoPrep had been approved for people 18 and older as an alternative to high-volume liquids taken before the procedure. In a statement, the company cited a Mayo Clinic study's conclusion that unwillingness to take a bowel preparation was "the single largest barrier to colorectal cancer screening." Still, more than 10 million uses of bowel...
  • Tony Snow has colon cancer ["Bad news, good prognosis"]

    02/14/2005 8:15:31 AM PST · by ladtx · 674 replies · 39,062+ views
    Fox News ^ | 14 Feb 2005 | me
    I just heard Tony Snow say he has colon cancer.
  • Al Roker's Colonoscopy To Air In April

    03/26/2004 7:52:06 AM PST · by Hillary's Lovely Legs · 45 replies · 438+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3-26-2004 | Lisa de Moraes
    Because one celebrity colonoscopy just isn't enough, NBC's "Today" show has scheduled its second celebrity colonoscopy for April 2. In so doing, "Today" has effectively cornered the market on celebrity colonoscopies -- a stunning blow to rival "Good Morning America" at ABC News. Having already made a TV star out of Katie Couric's colon in 2000, NBC News has rounded up the colon of jolly weatherman Al Roker for this year's experiment in uncomfortable-making television. But because it's all about Katie, Couric will be with him every step of the way, NBC News assured us in its announcement. Yes, Roker...
  • Colonoscopy gone bad

    10/12/2002 4:17:28 PM PDT · by Cobra64 · 132 replies · 5,315+ views
    hospital | 10/13/02 | self
    Man almost bled to death as a result of a colonoscopy.
  • Polyp-Alooza!

    07/02/2002 8:40:22 PM PDT · by Jack Bull · 1 replies · 237+ views
    Captain RibMan ^ | 7/3/02 | Sprengelmeyer and Davis
    TV is the Master of Captain RibMan's Universe:Polyp-Alooza!
  • Bush to Be Sedated for Colonoscopy (IS THIS REALLY A NEWSSTORY-AP has a slow newsday???)

    06/28/2002 7:17:04 PM PDT · by bonesmccoy · 84 replies · 335+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Fri Jun 28, 7:31 PM ET | RON FOURNIER
    By RON FOURNIER, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush ( news - web sites) said he will briefly transfer the powers of the presidency to Vice President Dick Cheney ( news - web sites) on Saturday while under sedation for a colon screening. Photos AP Photo For only the second time, the 25th Amendment of the Constitution will be invoked and Cheney will be acting president for "a matter of hours," White House counsel Al Gonzales said after the surprise announcement. Bush, who turns 56 next week, said doctors recommended the procedure — a colonoscopy — because...