Posts from Month: February 2014

The Future of Colonoscopy

Discomfort has always been an excuse for avoiding an colonoscopy procedure, but those days may be coming to an end. It is hard to blame patients who put off having a colonoscopy. The hype and embarrassment make the procedure sound much worse than it is in reality. The goods news for both consumers and medical…

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Report Card: D+ for US Emergency Care

With the Affordable Care Act coming of age this year, all eyes are turning to see what impact it will have on the emergency department. There are two schools of thought on the subject. One believes that increased insurance coverage will lighten the load on emergency rooms. Others think the people that now have insurance,…

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How Obamacare Will Change The Emergency Room

The concept behind the Affordable Care Act is a practical one, especially with 16.3 percent of the population running to the emergency department when sick. One goal of the program is to reduce the stress on emergency rooms by providing alternatives to uninsured individuals who use hospitals as primary care providers. Supplying them with health…

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Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)

Put simply, the fecal immunochemical test, or FIT, tests the stool for blood to determine if a more comprehensive examination is necessary. Occult, or hidden, blood is a critical symptom in the detection of precancerous polyps or colon cancer. This test is a relatively new addition in the fight against colorectal cancer, the third leading…

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