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Advocacy Update – August 2014

Advocacy Update – August 2014

Advocates, July was our second-busiest month so far this year. March is hard to beat on the busy scale! With the August recess now upon us, we worked hard both on and off the Hill this July to let elected officials know how important it is that they support our legislative goals. Although everyone takes a break from the Hill in August, things won’t be slowing down for us! GET LOUD, GET LOCAL! THE AUGUST RECESS CHALLENGE We’re challenging our advocates to have 31 congressional meetings in 31 days! Each year in August, your elected officials pack their DC bags and head home to their districts. This is the perfect opportunity

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: July 7

News in Brief catches up today after celebrating the Fourth of July with swimming, sailing, and time with family.  We hope you had as good a time relaxing as we did. Research shows that children whose parents have cancer have more social and psychological problems, mice who are fed a high-fat Western-style diet don’t benefit from exercise and develop more colon polyps, and adding irinotecan to 5FU after surgery to remove liver mets adds no benefit but has more serious side effects. The VA is upgrading equipment to sterilize endoscopes and train staff to clean them properly with $26 million from its reserve funds.  Two scientists at MIT are sampling

VA Colonoscopy Infection Update: Tennessee Patients Have Hepatitis

Just reported by the Associated Press:  The Veterans Administration has confirmed 10 cases of liver infections among patients who had colonoscopies at the Murfreesboro, TN campus of the Veterans Administration Healthcare System. VA spokeswoman Katie Roberts said Friday that four Tennessee patients have tested positive for hepatitis B. Six have tested positive for hepatitis C, a potentially life-threatening form of the viral infection that can cause permanent liver damage. The Veterans Administration says that patients will get care for hepatitis even though it is not known whether the infections came from the colonoscopies or the VA facilities. Previously 6,000 patients in the Tennessee Valley VA Healthcare System were warned that

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