Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A meta-analysis of 31 studies involving more than 120,000 subjects showed that fecal immunochemical testing (FIT test) was accurate in screening for colon cancer, but not in finding advanced pre-malignant polyps. If your goal is to find the pre-cancerous polyp before it transforms into a malignancy, than colonoscopy is still the best choice. Annals of …

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It is well established that the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) is increased if a first degree relative (parent, brother, sister) has had CRC. What is the risk if CRC was found in a second degree relative (grandparent, aunt, uncle)? A huge study in Sweden looked at 16 million individuals over more than 50 years. …

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Harvard Medical Center randomized more than 25,000 men and women to take either Vitamin D supplementation or placebo for more than 5 years. There were no differences in the chance of strokes, heart attacks, or cancer and this finding was true for both those who started with normal Vitamin D levels, or with low levels. …

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Fish oil (also called N-3 or omega-3 fatty acids) have been recommended in the past to decrease the chance of heart attacks and strokes. Harvard Medical Center sponsored a huge study involving more than 25,000 adults. The study included men and women, and all racial groups. These were individuals who did not have risk factors …

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Patients with microscopic/lymphocytic colitis were randomized to treatment with mesalamine, budesonide, or placebo. The mesalamine group did no better than placebo, but the budesonide patients improved nicely. Gastroenterology, December 2018.

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