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This Week's Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: March 27

This week research explores how medical problems affect complications after colon surgery, higher risks for colorectal cancer in vegetarians, decreasing levels of Vitamin D in the United States, and how malnutrition is connected to emotional distress in patients with advanced cancer. Other headlines include an FDA update on the oxycodone shortage and a story linking a Pilgrim family to thousands of descendents with inherited colorectal cancer.

This Week's Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: March 13

Stories this week: Research that finds an effective prep to be sure the right side of the colon is clean for colonoscopy. When doctors discuss end of issues with cancer patients, costs are reduced and quality of death improved. The NCI warns of dangers of colon hydrotherapy and cannot find any evidence that is prevents colon cancer. William Holman gave into his wife’s insistence that he be screened for colorectal cancer, and the test saved his life by finding an early colon cancer.  After surgery, his chances of complete recovery are high.

This Week’s Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: March 7

This first week of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we report on the effect of seeking health information on patients knowing about and using targeted therapies and the use of warm water to allow comfortable colonoscopies without sedation. A new website for cancer patients is available at the University of Iowa, alfalfa sprouts are behind an outbreak of salmonella saint paul in Nebraska, and Avastin has been approved for coverage for colorectal cancer in Alberta.

This Week’s Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: February 20

Briefly this week, there is no less risk of blood clots associated with central venous catheters with the prophylatic use of warfarin, a new drug is  tested in mice that might be useful in chemoprevention, and disparities between blacks and whites are found in post-surgical deaths in teaching hospitals. Pet owners may be persuaded to stop smoking if they realize their pets are in danger, the Commonwealth Fund proposes comprehensive change in the US health care system, and Deadly in Pink reveals new tobacco marketing strategies that are focusing on young women.

This Week’s Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: February 6

This week we report research on the dangers of drinking green tea during treatment with the cancer drug Velcade, improvements choosing patients for successful surgery to remove liver mets, and the failure of lidocaine patches to reduce persistent surgical incision pain. We also include news stories about potential FDA restrictions on Darvon, plums as a new “superfruit”, and a new microwave ablation treatment for liver tumors.

This Week's Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: January 30

This week’s reports include information about mismatch repair genes in stage IV colorectal cancer, colon surgery complications for very obese patients, and the impact of computerization on hospital outcomes. In addition, there are links to the Surgeon General’s new Family Health Portrait and a report from Families USA on health care insurance costs for laid off workers.

This Week’s Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: January 23

Brief Research Reports Positive research studies are much more likely to be published than those with negative results.  They are also published sooner.  The Cochrane Collaboration reviewed  five different analyses of potential publication bias and fund that while 73 percent of clinical trials with positive results were published only 41 percent of those with negative or null findings were reported.  Positive studies took about four or five years to get into print, while negative studies took six to eight.  Sources of funding, sex of the principal researcher, or academic rank didn’t make a difference.  S. Hopewell in Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2009, Issue 1.

This Week's Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: January 16

Brief Research Reports Maslinic acid, a compound found in high concentrations in olive skins, slows development of colon cancer cells and leads to their death.  Researchers in Spain isolated the natural triterpenoid compound from the waxy coating on olives.  They suggest that its development may lead to drugs to prevent or treat colorectal cancer.   Fernando J. Reyes-Zurita, Cancer Letters, January 8, 2009. There was no evidence that eating more foods high in acrylamide increased risk of either colon or rectal cancer in a large group of Swedish men.  More than 45,300 men in the Cohort of Swedish Men completed questionnaires about what they ate and how often at the

This Week's Colorectal Cancer News In Brief

In order to bring you more news and colorectal cancer research reports, we’ve developed short reviews of research and other news that has not been covered on the rest of the blog this week.  We’re including connecting links where you can find additional information.  Watch for the News in Brief at the end of the week. Brief Research Reports Women who have taken hormone replacement therapy after menopause had reduced risk of colorectal cancer, as high as 44 percent in those who took estrogen plus progestin using a sequential regimen for more than five years.   However, higher risks for breast cancer and for heart attack and stroke need to be