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2009-06-24 15:32:45

A new study suggests that a drop in colorectal cancer incidence seen nationwide has not occurred among people living in poorer communities, and suggests that barriers to health care may be to blame. The study appears online in the journal Cancer Causes and Control.Colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence rates have decreased rapidly in the United States since 1998, in large part from the use of endoscopic screening, which can detect and remove polyps before they turn into cancer. However, studies...

2009-05-27 07:59:25

Increasing costs a growing factor in decision-making for patients, physicians, society When a cancer patient and his or her doctor discuss the value of a treatment option, the conversation usually centers on a consideration of the treatment's medical benefits versus its possible side effects for the patient. Increasingly, however, as the already high costs of cancer care continue to rise, a full view of the patient's welfare must also take into account the economic impact of the treatment on...

2009-02-03 22:16:12

The president of the American College of Physicians says the state of healthcare in the United States is poor. Dr. Jeffrey P. Harris said at the annual State of the Nation's Health Care briefing that there are too many uninsured and underinsured people and there are too few primary care physicians. The problems are big, so the solutions must also be big, Harris said in a statement. The American College of Physicians provided recommendations on how President Barack Obama and Congress can...

2008-12-18 04:20:00

DALLAS, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The one expenditure that a lot of people assume they have little or no control over is health care costs. Yet, a little common sense and a healthy dose of consumerism can reward savvy shoppers with significant savings without sacrificing care, says Devon Herrick, Ph.D., a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis. Insurance options: Check your insurance plan; the end of December marks the end of open enrollment at many companies....

2008-12-15 13:40:00

A new report from the American Cancer Society says despite unprecedented progress in reducing incidence and death rates from colorectal cancer, the gap between blacks and whites continues to grow. The latest data show death rates are about 45 percent higher in African American men and women than in whites. The data come from Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2008-2010, the second edition of a report first issued in 2005. Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and...

2008-11-21 12:06:03

A British study suggests as many as 11,000 people in Britain die of unnecessarily of cancer each year because it takes too long for them to be diagnosed. Cancer Research UK said cancer survival rates are lower in Britain than in some other European countries because of patients wait too long to see a doctor and doctors wait too long to refer the patients for treatment. The report, presented Friday at the group's launch of the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative, compared...

2008-10-22 12:00:51

CAMPBELL, Calif., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- A new report on the ability of Santa Clara County residents to access both health care and insurance coverage shows that despite gains in recent years, Silicon Valley may be on the brink of shouting "Code Blue." The region's network of public and private health care resources is in a fragile state, and its weak spots have potential for affecting the lives of all residents in the region -- no matter their age, current health status, or insurance...

2008-10-09 09:00:10

By Lynne Wilde II Deseret News In a report released Tuesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Committee to Build a Healthier America, Utah children fared well in one category and not as well in another. The report ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on the disparities between children's health with respect to income and infant mortality. It also considers mothers' education level. The report shows those who are less educated have a higher infant mortality rate. Utah,...

2008-10-06 15:00:07

A new report presents a shockingly dismal picture of the health conditions in Washington County. Consider these highlights of the Community Health Status Report released by the Mane Center of Disease Control and Prevention: Highest overall cancer incidence and death rate in the state, with the death rate increasing while decreasing statewide. Highest cardiovascular disease death rate in the state. High blood pressure rates and high cholesterol rates are highest in the state. Increasing rate...

2008-09-24 09:00:49

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite a nationwide disparity in quality of care provided to Medicaid patients compared to those with other insurance, some Minnesota medical groups have been able to deliver comparable care on certain health measures, according to the Health Care Disparities Report by MN Community Measurement. "We are pleased to see that some clinics have already bridged the disparities gap. This sets the bar for others," said Brian Osberg, assistant human...


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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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