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In 1993, the American Nurses Association declared one week every May as the national week to celebrate and elevate the nursing profession. National Nurses Week is a time for everyone to recognize the contributions and positive impact of American nurses. Employers, health care professionals, community leaders, individuals, and nurses come together to celebrate nurses and their profession. Nurses Week ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) was an English nurse who became the first woman to receive the...

Living with Chronic Idiopathic Constipation can be confusing and frustrating at times. Chronic constipation without an identifiable cause is often referred to as Chronic Idiopathic Constipation or CIC. Idiopathic means that the cause cannot be determined or is unknown. CIC has symptoms of bloating, straining, and difficult, infrequent or incomplete bowel movements. It has been estimated that as many as 35 million adults in the U.S. may suffer from CIC. There are several factors that can affect CIC and even...

Christopher Rosen • Entertainment Weekly Eighteen years after Katie Couric’s groundbreaking televised colonoscopy on NBC’s Todayshow, Couric helped late-night host Jimmy Kimmel get the procedure done as he turned 50 years old. With help from Couric, Kimmel prepped for his colonoscopy the night before the exam and was later driven to the hospital by the former morning-show host for the procedure. “People say this isn’t fun, but I say it’s a lot more fun than being diagnosed with colorectal cancer,” Couric, whose husband died...

Mark Twain once said: "The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside." Patients and providers are increasingly recognizing that food’s battleground is the GI tract. There has been an explosion of research linking food to the pathogenesis and treatment of a wide range of GI conditions. A recent survey of ACG members found that while the vast majority of gastroenterologists in the United States recommend dietary changes to their patients...

The following materials are downloadable PDF documents provided by the CDC: Basic Facts On Screening Colorectal Screening Colorectal Screening Pocket Brochure Basic Facts On Screening Questions to Ask Your Doctor Risk Factors and Symptoms Screening Tests at a Glance Colorectal Screening Saves Lives Brochure  ...

Join us March 16, 2013 for the 2nd Annual Gut Run. This 10k/5k run and 1 mile fun run/walk takes place at Westgate Park in Dothan, AL. March is colon cancer awareness month and this event helps to promote awareness and raise funds for the American Cancer Society to aid in education and prevention studies for this disease. This fun filled family event has something for each member of the family whether its long distance running or a short walk,...