There is a lot going on this month: colon cancer awareness events, flexing for $$$, new and old blog posts, and a birthday!
You’ve probably heard of probiotics, but do you know exactly what they are? Probiotics and gastrointestinal health are gaining more atten…
The phrases “mind-blowing” and “fecal transplant study” are not often used in the same sentence (or even in the same publication), however when I read the following study about fecal transplants, my mind was in fact blown!
FODMAP what? Have you heard? It’s the new dietary approach for the bloating and belly cramps seen with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
No self-respecting gastroenterologist would use premade stool, just like no self-respecting Italian would use jarred sauce, right?
It was only a matter of time that a fecal transplant product was created. Now instead of having to test an individual donor and mix the stool to prepare the specimen for delivery through the scope, one can simply call the hospital pharmacy several hours before the fecal transplant is scheduled and order a 250 mL bottle of frozen donor stool from OpenBiome.
After taking a few months off, I’ve totally revamped the site with a clean and modern look and I am very excited to start writing again!
However, it’s not just the aesthetics of the site that are changing. Over the past year or so, I have seen a dramatic increase in the traffic to the site
Over two years ago, I had a colon resection for the removal of a cancerous tumor (stage 2A). Ever since, I have had on and off bleeding in my stool. My surgeon has done two sigmoidoscopies and my gastro doctor has done two colonoscopies.
What is immediately apparent from these numbers is that Cologuard rarely misses cancer. However, if we count polyps as a significant finding, there are plenty of false-positive results (45%) and plenty of false-negatives too (34%). So is Cologuard a good test overall?