Virtual Colonoscopy; Nurse Shortage;Sunscreen Skips

June 22, 2009 7:13:03 AM PDT
X-ray test nearly as accurate as colonoscopy; the recession is changing face of nursing; and what you might be missing in apllying sunscreen.

Virtual Colonoscopy gets nod from new research

Colon cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer, if it's caught early.

The best way to do that is with a colonoscopy.

But for people who can't tolerate a conventional colonoscopy.... new research shows that virtual colonoscopies are *almost as good.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the virtual tests...done with x-rays, missed 15 percent of smaller cancers.

But it did catch all of the *larger tumors.

Still if the virtual test finds a suspicious spot.... patients have to get a standard test so doctors can take a sample.

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Recession Eases Nurse Shortage

The current economic downturn... Has at least one upside. It seems to be easing the nursing shortage for many areas.... That's according to a study by Vanderbilt researchers.

They found older nurses are delaying retirement... Or returning to the workforce. Many part-time nurses have upped their hours to full-time. Many are also moving from non-hospital settings back to the floors.

But the ease in the nursing shortage isn't expected to last. Once more baby boomers retire....the nursing shortage could be larger than what we've experienced in the past.

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Sunscreen Skips

Flip flops and baseball caps are favorites for summer-wear.

But they may leave you more vulnerable to sun damage and skin cancer than you think.

Doctors say people often forget to put sunscreen on the tops of their feet, or the tips of their ears.

Those areas are especially vulnerable to sun burn ...And hence skin cancer, because they aren't often exposed to the sun.

So be sure to cover all open areas when putting on sunscreen.

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