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HealthWise at 5 From 11.24

  • Virtual Colonoscopy

A Colonoscopy can be a lifesaving test. It can find cancers at an early stage, when they're most curable. This is different. It's called a Virtual Colonoscopy. It's a series of CT scans that are digitally manipulated to give doctors a virtual tour of the inside of a person's colon without the discomfort of an invasive check. But is virtual effective? A new study in the Journal Gastroenterology, says Virtual Colonoscopy misses up to 27% of lesions. That's why some doctors are skeptical, arguing that a computerized Colonoscopy cannot replace the real thing. Experts recommend regular colonoscopies for a person with a history of colon cancer, a family history of colon cancer or anyone over age 50. Since a lot of people who feel healthy avoid colonoscopies Doctor Stephen Koch says a virtual check is at least an option in screening. Virtual Colonoscopy is expensive, between $600 and $800.

  • Sugar Drinks

Our love of sugar is becoming hazardous to our health. After studying more than 63,000 people over several decades, researchers report that Americans today are consuming 83 calories more a day from sweeteners, including sugar, than we did 25 years ago. And the study says 80% of that increase is due to the sugar increase in sodas and fruit drinks. Researchers blame the increase in sugary drinks as a major factor in the growing problem of obesity. The study is published in the November issue of the Journal Obesity Research.

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