Colon cancer survivor Marilia Sardinha of Winslow, Maine, is part an advocacy group called Colorectal Cancer Coalition, or C3, that went to Washington, D.C., recently to lobby Congress to fund colorectal cancer screening. The group supports a bill to create a national colorectal cancer screening program to help the poor and uninsured and to establish a research program at the Defense Department.
Cleanse and detox diets are popular among celebrities, but health experts are skeptical about their ability to cleanse the body and provide proper nutrition. "These kinds of diets are not a reasonable approach to weight loss, and there is no data that they do what they claim," says Gary Foster, director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Trena Costello must confront her celiac disease in both her personal and professional life as the pastry chef at Boston's Langham Hotel. She says her celiac disease is an issue when she has to taste her dessert creations. She's up for the challenge, however, and includes three dozen gluten-free items among the weekly dessert selections. Recipes included.
Hundreds of uninsured Oklahoma residents are getting potentially life-saving colonoscopies for free through the state's $500,000 in funding for the Colorectal Cancer Screening Project. Dr. Douglas Foster of Tulsa says the program has resulted in the diagnosis of "a significant number" of cancers and polyps. Patient Craig Duggan says without the free screening he might not have discovered he had colon cancer in time to save his life.
Consuming a glass of wine a day can combat permanent damage of the lining of the esophagus as a result of heartburn, a study found. The condition, known as Barrett's esophagus, is a precursor to esophageal cancer.