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Non-Invasive Colon Cancer Screenings

Colonoscopy has been the colon cancer-screening test of choice for many years, but fecal immunochemical kits may now be a viable alternative to invasive testing. Fecal testing is not new, but, in the past, some healthcare professionals have steered away from it in favor of colonoscopy. However, recent studies show that the two tests are equally effective in identifying potential colon cancers.

Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

We all know that Thanksgiving dinner leaves us with lots of leftovers, so I wanted to share some recipe ideas for using your leftovers.

Health Insurance: The Ins and Outs of Open Enrollment

It’s that time again! The federal healthcare exchange started its annual open enrollment period for 2017 healthcare plans on November 1, 2016. Many of our readers may already be covered by job-based plans—their own, a spouse’s, or a parent’s—or through a national program like Medicare. Regardless of how you pay for check-ups, prescriptions, and treatment, it can be helpful to understand insurance-related processes, procedures, and terminology. The staff at Ackerman Cancer Center hopes this article will help empower you to make informed decisions about your healthcare in 2017 and beyond.

Safe Food Handling this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means managing a broad variety of ingredients and cooking times. This can also mean an increased risk for foodborne illness. These simple tips can help reduce the risk of getting sick so you can spend more time celebrating.

What is ALS and how can diet help?

ALS is the most common form of motor neuron disease and a recent study published in JAMA suggests that a diet high in fruits and vegetables is associated with better muscle and respiratory function in ALS patients.

Protecting Yourself During Flu Season

Protecting ourselves from the flu is a simple, preventative measure that can be lifesaving to ourselves and those around us.

Managing diverticulosis and diverticulitis with dietary fiber

Appropriate lifestyle choices may help to prevent and treat diverticulosis. Eating a high-fiber diet, getting plenty of fluids, and exercising regularly may help to prevent constipation and reduce intestinal spasms, which is the best way to prevent and treat diverticulosis. (Please click photo to access article.)

Cancer Mutations May Provide New Treatment Options and New Hope

By: William Peters, M.D., Ph.D. -- "Because of the personalized nature of immunotherapy for cancer treatment, it is increasingly valuable to obtain the genetic profile of each patient’s cancer case. As a result of genetic profiling, oncologists like me are learning that the makeup of tumor cells can evolve over time. This has important implications for the clinical treatment of cancer with targeted medicine." (Please click photo to access article.)

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