HHS, USDA Release Updated Dietary Guidelines

The CBS Evening News reported, “Today the government revised its advice for a healthy diet. The headlines: Lean meat and eggs may now be okay, but sugar and salt still bad.” USA Today reports that the new guidelines, from the US Department of Agriculture and the US Department of Health and Human Services, recommend “limiting […]

States Deny Hepatitis C Medication For Most Medicaid Patients, Report Shows

NPR reports in its “Shots” blog and on its “All Things Considered” program that “Medicaid in many states restricts” who can receive the new hepatitis C medication Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir), because it “costs about $95,000″ for a full 12-week course. Medicaid “in at least 34 states doesn’t pay for treatment unless a patient already has liver […]

Scientists Only Beginning To Understand How Gut Microbiota May Influence Body Weight

“Shots” blog reported that “a key group of gut microbes – from the phylum Firmicutes – might be more common among people who are overweight.” People who are thinner, “these studies suggest, might have more bacteria from the phylum known as Bacteroidetes.” However, a recent analysis presented this month at a scientific meeting suggests that […]

Men Are Getting More Screening Colonoscopies Due To Medicare Payment Changes

Kaiser Health News reported that “men are getting more screening colonoscopies since the health law reduced how much Medicare beneficiaries pay out of pocket for the preventive tests, a recent study found.” However, there were no changes to women’s rates. Starting in 2011, the ACA “waived the Medicare Part B deductible (which totals $147 annually […]

Your Next Colonoscopy

So, it’s almost time for your next colonoscopy and you’re not sure where to go for it. Above all, you are in search of a high-quality, expert doctor to do the exam. There are many online tools that help patients find out the price of procedures and tests, but some are surprised to learn that […]

Digestive CARE Colon Cancer Prevention PSA 2016

Screening is the number one way you can reduce your risk of colon cancer. Despite its high incidence, colon cancer is unique in that it is one of the most preventable and, if found early, most treatable forms of cancer.

Stomach Growls After Eating Are Common Source of Embarrassment

Don’t be embarrassed, it is your body at work The noise we attribute to the stomach growl, is actually not coming from your stomach at all. It is coming from your intestines. The process causing the noises: digestion. Your intestines are hollow tubes which allow food and liquids to flow through them. Acid travels through […]

Dietitian: American diet makes it easy to consume too much sodium

Americans can consume more than recommended amounts of daily sodium before they even reach for a salt shaker because 80% of sodium intake comes from processed, packaged and restaurant foods, including 10 common items such as bread and cheese, said registered dietitian Debbie Petitpain. To cut back on sodium, Petitpain said to compare nutrition labels, […]

Cirrhosis rates in HCV patients higher than estimated, study suggests

A study in The American Journal of Gastroenterology found the rate of cirrhosis among chronic hepatitis C patients may be up to four times higher than previous estimates because many patients are not coded correctly in medical records. Dr. Stuart Gordon at Henry Ford Health System said data showed that half of patients with a […]

Some Extra Weight May Be Linked To A Longer Life For People With Type 2 Diabetes

Reuters (5/5, Begley) reports that a study published May 4 in the Annals of Internal Medicine provides a further example of what researchers refer to as the obesity paradox. Health Day (5/5, Reinberg, 16K) reports that “some extra weight may be linked to a longer life for people with type 2 diabetes.” After examining “data […]

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