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New, Noninvasive Screening Test May Detect 85% Of Colon Cancer Cases

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Oct 30, 2010 12:37:00 PM

The CBS Evening News (10/28, story 11, 1:00, Couric) reported that "a new test that may one day make screening for colon cancer a lot easier." At present, about "40 percent of [the] Americans" who are "supposed to get colon screening" decide against it.

        The reasons people shy away from the procedure vary, but many find the pre-procedure bowel preparation unpleasant, according to Reuters (10/29, Fox). Some also find the procedure itself embarrassing and uncomfortable, while others worry about the potential for injury.

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

colon cancer, colon polyps, cancer screening, screening

GERD Affects Sleep and Next-Day Performance

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Oct 23, 2010 9:36:00 AM

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD is well-known to affect sleep patterns and an irregular sleep pattern can lead to poor performance in wake periods. Furthermore, there is a bidirectional relationship between sleep and GERD.  Poor sleep can lead to an exacerbation of GERD and GERD can disturb sleep.

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

Reflux, sleep disturbance, insomnia, GERD, atypical reflux, nonacid reflux

50% Rise in Esophageal Cancer in Britain

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Oct 16, 2010 12:32:00 PM

Esophageal cancer rates have risen by 50% over the past 25 years in men in the United Kingdom, according to new figures released by Cancer Research UK.

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

cancer screening, Reflux, GERD, esophageal cancer, Barrett's Esophagus

Have you had your colonoscopy?

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Oct 14, 2010 10:54:00 AM

If you are 50 or over or have a family history of colon cancer, you should be screened. African-Americans should be screened beginning at age 45. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable and curable types of cancer when detected early. Since the risk of colon cancer increases with age, getting screened is essential.

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

colon cancer, colon polyps, cancer screening

An otolaryngologist looks at GERD- Dodge City Daily Globe

Posted by Rachel Jones on Oct 14, 2010 10:53:00 AM

As mentioned in our last blog post, a common but less frequently diagnosed form of reflux is what is known as laryngo-pharyngeal reflux, or LPR. Note what Dr. David Brian, an otolaryngologist in Dodge City, KS had to say on the subject:

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

GERD, LPR, voice disorders, dietary suggestions, ENT.

The Not So Common Forms of Reflux

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Oct 14, 2010 10:50:00 AM

Most people think of gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD as the classic symptoms of heartburn or regurgitation.  Heartburn is often reported as a burning sensation below the breast bone and regurgitation is the effortless repeating or return of food material back up the esophagus (or food tube).  It is important not to mistake a chest pain complaint that may be cardiac in origin for reflux.  See your doctor if you have a new chest pain complaint, especially if you have cardiac disease risk factors such as a family history of heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity, or if you smoke.  Now, back to reflux troubles.

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

Reflux, cough, GERD, atypical reflux, nonacid reflux

Better Colonoscopy Preparations Lead to Better Examinations!

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Oct 14, 2010 10:41:00 AM

The American College of Gastroenterology, based on two recent studies, is recommending patients split their colonoscopy preparation into two parts, one the evening before and the other about six hours prior to the exam, as it leads to clearer colonoscopy views and better results. The presence of residual stool will make it harder for the colonoscopist to identify abnormal growths that could develop into cancer.

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

colon cancer, colon polyps, cancer screening

Phone Reminders May Boost Colon Cancer Screenings

Posted by Rachel Jones on Oct 13, 2010 4:10:00 PM

Have you ever wondered why some providers offices call so many times to remind you to schedule an appointment? Our office does this monthly, in order to ensure that our patients obtain the needed testing to diagnose and treat certain dangerous conditions, such as colon cancer. A recent article published in HealthDay bore out that this is an effective and essential way to encourage patients to keep on their treatment.

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

colon cancer, cancer screening, screening

Have you had your colonoscopy?

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Oct 3, 2010 10:48:00 AM

If you are 50 or over or have a family history of colon cancer, you should be screened. African-Americans should be screened beginning at age 45. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable and curable types of cancer when detected early. Since the risk of colon cancer increases with age, getting screened is essential.

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

colon cancer, colon polyps, cancer screening