• New Study on Blood Test for Colorectal Cancer
    NAMUR, Belgium―VolitionRx Limited, a life-sciences company focused on developing blood-based diagnostic tests for different types of cancer, this week released new data showing that when combining two of its proprietary NuQ assays into one test, they can achieve 85 percent ...More
    December 3, 2013 Posted in News
  • New Study: Fecal Transplants Help C. diff Patients
    BALTIMORE—Scientists at the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and physicians at Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, Md., have found that restoring the normal, helpful bacteria of the gut and intestines may treat patients suffering from ...More
    December 3, 2013 Posted in News, Industry Issues
  • Burnout Equal for Inpatient and Outpatient Docs
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—The perception that doctors who are based in hospitals burn out quicker than doctors in outpatient settings is wrong—doctor burnout happens equally, according to a new Mayo Clinic study, published in the November issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine. ...More
    December 2, 2013 Posted in News, Industry Issues
  • Tech Shares Colorectal Cancer Awareness Poem
    My name is Marilyn Parrish and I am an endoscopy technician who works at Desert Ridge Surgery Center, in Phoenix. I have been a full-time endoscopy technician for the past 13 years. I have eight years of experience through local hospitals as well. I enjoy my work and strive ...More
    December 2, 2013 Posted in Content Library, Disorders
  • Colon Prep Center Finds New Ways to Cleanse Bowels
    As every endoscopy nurse knows all too well, a number of things must occur before a successful colonoscopy can be performed—things that the nurses and physicians involved with the procedure have little or no control over. Of course, I’m referring to the much-maligned ...More
    December 2, 2013 Posted in Content Library
  • Bowel Prep Update Quick Facts to Keep Your Knowledge Fresh
    Basics • Most bowel preparations involve the use of polyethylene glycol (PEG) or sodium phosphate (NaP) solutions. • In 2008, the FDA released a report stating the use of oral sodium phosphates for bowel preparation put patients at risk of acute phosphate nephropathy, an ...More
    December 2, 2013 Posted in Content Library
  • Docs Should Ask: 'Do You Poop Your Pants?'
    CHICAGO—“Do you poop your pants?" is a question few physicians ask their adult patients, but one that Dana Hayden, MD, colorectal surgeon at Loyola University Health System, believes should be at the top of the list. She points out that 15 million women ages 40 and older (1 ...More
    November 29, 2013 Posted in News, Industry Issues
  • Less-Invasive Option as Effective as Esophagus Removal
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Use of a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure to remove superficial, early stage esophageal cancer is as effective as surgery that takes out and rebuilds the esophagus, according to a study by researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida. ...More
    November 29, 2013 Posted in News, Procedures
  • The Role of EUS-FNA for the Evaluation of Biliary Strictures
    Cholangiocarcinoma and other malignant bile-duct tumors are often difficult to diagnose because they commonly present late and are therefore associated with a poor prognosis. The majority of these tumors present as biliary strictures. Up to 20 percent of proximal biliary ...More
    November 29, 2013 Posted in Content Library, Procedures
  • PEG Placement: An Education Program
    Children with feeding difficulty typically fail to thrive due to their inability to consume enough calories to support growth. One of the means of treating feeding difficulty involves the placement of a gastrostomy tube (G-tube). This tube can be used to infuse nutrition, ...More
    November 28, 2013 Posted in Content Library, Procedures