(NewsUSA) -Did you know that colorectal cancer is expected to kill more than 50,000 American men and women this year?
But there is hope.
Colorectal cancer is often preventable. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), nearly all of these cancers start as “polyps”– growths inside the colon or rectum. If people 50-and-older get screened, these can be found and removed before they turn cancerous.
However, many adults choose not to get tested because of cultural stigmas, anticipated discomfort and the cost of a traditional colonoscopy. But new options can help. Under federal law, private insurers must now cover “virtual colonoscopy” — also known as CT colonography. Many large insurers — including CIGNA, UnitedHealthcare and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield — have covered this ACS-recommended exam for some time.
Unlike its traditional counterpart, virtual colonoscopy is far less invasive. It still requires a laxative preparation, but does not require sedation. Little, if any, recovery time is needed, and patients can go back to work or daily activities afterward. In addition, it is as accurate as a standard colonoscopy for most people, and it costs less. Not surprisingly, availability of this test has been shown to increase screening rates.
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How it works: A radiologist uses high-tech, low-dose X-rays to generate 3D, moving images of the colon that doctors examine for polyps and signs of cancer. Only if polyps or cancers are found do you have to go on to have those removed by a standard colonoscopy or surgery.
Medicare does not yet cover virtual colonoscopy. However, patient groups, minority health care advocates, and medical societies are urging Medicare to cover the test.
“Colorectal cancer screening through less invasive options like CT colonography is appealing to patients, especially the Medicare population,” says Anne Carlson, executive director of the Colon Cancer Coalition. “Covering this patient-centered option will help save lives.”
Expanded insurance coverage of virtual colonoscopy can make it more appealing and accessible to many who should be screened but choose not to. According to ACS, African-Americans, those in many rural areas and Hispanics are less likely to be screened. African-American and rural residents are more likely to develop and die from colorectal cancer than Caucasians. And because U.S. Hispanics are less likely to be screened, they have their cancers discovered later. In fact, U.S. Hispanics are more likely to die from this disease than those in many Central- and South American countries.
Expanded coverage for less invasive, affordable screening could boost colorectal cancer care in these communities and nationwide.
For more information visit www.radiologyinfo.org/VirtualCT.
(NewsUSA) -Did you know that colorectal cancer is expected to kill more than 50,000 American men and women this year?
(NewsUSA) – Lower back pain, it’s been said, is very democratic.
Meaning, tens of millions of people of all stripes — from truck drivers to stock brokers — experience it at some point in their lives, and the worst cases can be positively debilitating.
“You’d be a really uncommon person never to have had an episode of back pain,” Chris Maher, a health researcher at the University of Sydney, told NPR.
But now there’s a new wrinkle — or, some would say, an opportunity.
With the country in the midst of an opioid abuse crisis, many of those sufferers now find themselves looking for alternatives to the potentially addictive — and sometimes lethal — prescription painkillers that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently urged physicians to dramatically curtail prescribing.
One favorite alternative? Drug-free chiropractic care, which has been praised for its”emphasis on your body’s innate healing wisdoms.”
Doctors of chiropractic are well-trained and highly educated, and use hands-on techniques to help enhance flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion. Reflecting chiropractic’s growing popularity, notes the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress’ Dr. Sherry McAllister, most insurance and health plans cover its use.
To locate a nearby doctor of chiropractic, visit www.f4cp.com/findadoctor.
(NewsUSA) -The ability to invest in cash-flowing and profitable entrepreneurs has disappeared with the loss of the regional exchanges in Philadelphia, Chicago and Seattle, among others. Local investors have lost the ability to invest locally — easily.
The Entrex Capital Market System was founded as an entrepreneurial exchange to help privately-held companies access capital through their tradeable and patented Top Line Income Generation Rights Certificate (known as a TIGRcub).
The tradable TIGRcub security helps private companies raise funds by providing investors monthly interest — plus a small share of monthly revenue: a winning combination for both company and investor.
The Entrex Market Index, or EMI, is similar to Nasdaq’s Composite Index — yet it offers monthly yield returns to investors via TIPS, or TIGRcub Interest Payments.
“The investor benefit, compared to the NASDAQ composite, is monthly yield payments from a diversified basket of entrepreneurial companies — without having to liquidate your holdings,” Stephen H. Watkins, CEO of The Entrex Capital Market, says in a statement.
The companies under the umbrella of the EMI include those with revenue ranging from $5 million to $250 million, a largely underserved sector of the United States economy, according to the Entrex statement.
The TIGRcub financing option is available for both public and private companies; they can use the Regulation D exemption through the Entrex Capital Market System to offer their TIGRcub securities through placement brokers in an initial offering process similar to that of a typical Initial Public Offering.
Each company can sell up to 10 percent of its TIGRcub offering to the EMI, which allows for diverse monthly yield investments that take advantage of the cash flow and growth opportunities across the entrepreneurial sector, according to the Entrex statement.
“Revenue is the tangible performance line of the company or the ‘Top Line,’ something that is so different from investing in the volatility of the equity markets, which is often more investor sentiment and speculation than corporate performance,” Mr. Watkins explains in a statement regarding Overstock.com, one of the companies that has issued a TIGRcub.
“TIGRcub Securities provide a monthly cash-flowing return for investors, eliminating a lot of the downfalls of equity or stock-based investing,” he adds.
Visit www.entrexmarketindex.com to view the index and some of the companies listed, and visit www.entrex.net for more details about the company’s strategies and mission.
(ZD360) – Anyone who has aging parents knows how frustrating it can be to get them to eat — never mind eat well.Experts say that the reason for this "fickleness," is lack of control over their food choices as they begin to lose their independence. In addition, as we age, our stomachs often become more sensitive to different types of food, such as onions, peppers, tomato sauce, dairy, and hot spices.For these reasons, many seniors end up feeling hungry or deprived because they are stuck eating meals without choosing foods they crave.Most seniors would much prefer to pick their own meals rather than having them dictated to or chosen for them. They want the flexibility to pick their entree of choice with the starch and vegetables they prefer, instead of being forced to eat items they dislike. Also, for good reason, they want the flexibility to eliminate items from their meals that they cannot tolerate or are allergic to.If these choices aren’t available, then it’s a good bet that you or your senior parents are frustrated with the food choices, and parents end up not eating or at the very least not eating well, which can affect both temperament and health.To that point, eating well is vital for everyone at all ages. Daily food choices affect how you look and feel, and give you the nutrients needed to keep your muscles, bones, and organs healthy. Good food choices also help keep up your energy levels. If, like many adult children, you aren’t close enough to cook a few meals for your aging family member or they’re finding it harder to cook the meals they like themselves, you’re relegated to ordering in, which is both unhealthy and expensive.You can solve this problem by turning to a service such as TopChefMeals.com which meets the needs of elderly parents and relatives. Unlike other services, all their meals are chef-prepared to order, and thus can be customized for diabetic, high protein, low carb, Paleo and other therapeutic needs.TopChefMeals.com is also a great option for single adults, empty nesters and people who are too busy to cook, but want healthy, familiar meals, in which they can choose every component, at an affordable price.Top Chef Meals are cooked to order and flash-frozen fresh. They are then delivered to customers in 1-3 days, depending on location, and are kept safe during transportation with dry ice. Any meal, once defrosted, needs to be baked for approximately 20 minutes. You can even use a microwave if you want to cheat. Most customers order bi-weekly because of lack of freezer space, even though meals can last up to four months frozen. The average meal is $7.50, much cheaper than even trying to cook at home. In addition, the company offers a 15 percent discount for everyone over 60, or those who are disabled or homebound.Top Chef Meals is the solution for seniors and for boomers with older parents who can’t regularly cook for themselves or get to a grocery store. Orders can be placed online, via email or over the phone, making it convenient for your parents, or for you, no matter where you’re located.All of the meals are handmade, home-style dishes, prepared one plate at a time with both care and safety.Have questions? Helpful service is available at 800-616-8044 or go to www.topchefmeals.com to see the enormous selection.– by Stephen Zadrick, an associate member of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association.
(NewsUSA) – Young adults have ambitious future plans and want to experience a lot throughout their lifetime.Unfortunately, life is unpredictable and many are unaware that their futures are vulnerable to unexpected medical costs. When an illness or injury occurs, medical bills can put financial health at risk and cause fun experiences to become unaffordable luxuries. By helping to pay costs not typically covered by major medical, supplemental insurance like Aflac can help young adults continue to experience the life they love.Learn more at www.aflac.com/lifestyleSee full-sized image here.
(NewsUSA) – Parenting is one of the most important jobs a person can undertake.
Although it is often said to be the most rewarding, it can also be difficult, lonely and, at times, overwhelming.
Adding to the struggle is the need to find activities that are engaging, fun and educational for both child and parent.
Many families are discovering that their local library meets many of these needs. This is especially true if it happens to be part of the 450 libraries nationwide that comprise the Family Place Libraries network, a place that boasts welcoming, age-appropriate, interactive play areas and programs, parent groups, resources, and, of course, books.
Family Place Libraries are a network of children’s librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families.
“The Family Place Libraries initiative is transforming how libraries work with young children and their families — from the librarians themselves, to the parents, to early childhood specialists,” says Kathy Deerr, National Coordinator Family Place Libraries. “And it is transforming entire libraries.”
In late 2012, Middle Country Public Library, the facility that created Family Place Libraries, was awarded a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant’s goal was to look at this model as a vehicle to effect institutional change as it relates to early childhood and family support in public libraries.
A three-year evaluation of this grant by Nagle & Associates, a full-service national consulting firm, supports Deerr’s statement.
This study follows 28 libraries implementing the Family Place Libraries model. The evaluation found positive changes in children’s librarians’ knowledge, attitudes and practices; children’s services; and attitudes toward children’s services. The evaluation also found positive changes in parents’ perceptions of libraries.
“Parents who made connections to their local libraries came to deeply appreciate and use the library as part of their support network,” according to the evaluation.
“The Family Place Libraries changed how librarians view their role,” Deerr says. “They are really early childhood and parent supporters. These libraries are more interactive and meet family needs of playful early learning, parent engagement and connecting to resources.”
For more information, visit www.familyplacelibraries.org.
(NewsUSA) – For many homeowners, the backyard is not at the forefront of their home-design plans. But procrastination can be an advantage when it comes to outdoor living. By the time many people consider the backyard, they have developed a strong sense of their own décor personality.
Most consumers’ design styles can be classified as traditionalist, bohemian, modern, eclectic, rustic or industrial, according to Belgard, a company dedicated to outdoor living design and elements for patio spaces and beyond.
Fortunately, there are backyard design plans to suit any taste, as well as any budget. Some design elements that might have particular appeal to different décor personalities include:
*For the traditionalist: Classic comfort. What is the primary purpose of a patio? A place for sitting and relaxing. Attractive, sturdy pavers in appealing patterns provide easy walking and an artistic base for conversation nooks of tables, chairs, planters, and picnic tables.
*For the bohemian: Fire pit. Fire pits are an easy way to promote cozy gathering for all ages. And everyone can appreciate freedom from bugs; wood fires can help hold mosquitoes at bay.
*For the modernist: Multiple levels. Homeowners seeking a modern look can consider a range of options for walkways and pavers that might include steps and slopes to wind through a terraced garden.
*For the eclectic: Water features. But not just for swimming. Homeowners can show off an eclectic backyard style with a fountain, fish pond, or other water feature that makes a splash.
*For the rustic: Eating out. Cooking outdoors can reach a new level, as advanced outdoor kitchen units allow guests to help with meal preparation or just chat with the host/chef while enjoying the outdoor setting.
*For the industrial: Unique lighting is a way to make a statement and set a mood in an outdoor setting. Some ways to get creative with light include not only hardscape lighting and illuminated planters, but short-term elements such as lighting fixtures that highlight cool metals and metallics for a more urban, industrial vibe.
Belgard, part of Oldcastle Architectural, was established in 1995 and remains a respected source of durable, classic, stylish outdoor-living products and a resource for design ideas to help homeowners take on backyard design with confidence.
Visit www.Belgard.com for more ideas on optimizing your outdoor living environment.
(NewsUSA) – A potentially new cure for cancer is one step closer to market, giving hope to the the 14 million people battling the incurable disease.
The Australian-based biotech company, Propanc Health Group (OTCQB: PPCH), which has been developing proprietary treatments for cancer patients suffering from solid tumors such as pancreatic, ovarian, and colorectal cancers, recently completed a 28-day toxicokinetic study to support a safe starting dose in patients, as it marches toward clinical trials in 2017 for its lead product, PRP.
Data from the study will form the basis of a clinical trial application in the United Kingdom and define conditions for a planned four-week regulatory Good Laboratory Practice compliant toxicology study, with results expected in early 2017.
Studies of this type are an important part of the development process for new therapeutic agents prior to clinical testing in humans.
“We are making excellent progress completing these studies for PRP,” says James Nathanielsz, Propanc’s chief executive officer. “Preclinical efficacy is well-established and the safety studies are pivotal because they provide the rationale for a safe starting dose for patient trials.”
Propanc’s proenzyme product, PRP, has the potential to be a game-changer for cancer care by offering an effective option for long-term therapy without the excessive toxicity associated with many current cancer treatments.
“My scientific colleagues and I believe a cancer stem cell targeting therapy, which reduces chemo-resistance and supports immune function could become a significant addition to the treatment process,” says Dr. Julian Kenyon, Propanc’s chief scientific officer. “PRP is going to be a part of many different cancer combinatorial regimes, which is why we’re keen to follow up on the immuno-biological aspects of PRP in future trials.”
For more information on PPCH, visit www.propanc.com.
(NewsUSA) – It is the disease that cost more than 8 million people their lives in 2012 and sees 14 million diagnosed every year. It comes in many forms and there is no cure — yet.
Part of the problem in finding a cure is that while scientists used to think they knew how cancer operated, it is only in the last decade that they have been able to better understand this insidious disease. Cancer is much more complex than originally thought.
But one company thinks it may have a solution. Propanc Health Group Corporation (OTCB: PPCH) is focusing on developing treatments for cancer patients suffering from solid tumors such as pancreatic, ovarian, and colorectal cancers.
Up until recently, the company had four patent applications for its lead product, PRP, a proenzyme, anti-cancer compound which targets cancer stem cell eradication while sparing normal stem cells. Now the company has added two more to its portfolio.
“I have no doubt PRP represents a new therapeutic drug class with significant potential [because] when confirming PRP’s effectiveness across a broad range of cancers, we also confirmed a synergistic response between the two proenzymes to the majority of cancer cell lines tested,” says Dr. Julian Kenyon, Propane’s Chief Scientific Officer. “We also noticed that for some cancer types, multiple combinations of the two proenzymes proved to be effective.”
Propanc recently met with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to discuss formal pre-clinical and clinical development of PRP. In addition, the company said it intends to apply for orphan drug designation for pancreatic and ovarian cancers in the US and Europe in the near future.
With the advent of five new patents, this biotech company is catching the eye of investors. In March 2016, Propanc received more than $1 million from an institutional investor for the purpose of fast-tracking its pre-clinical activities, bringing its received total to approximately $3.6 million.
According to Global Analyst Reports, the combined world market for pancreatic, ovarian and colorectal cancers is expected to reach more than $12 billion by 2020.
To learn more, please visit www.propanc.com.