Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
July 24, 2006 by Nesita Kwan, NBC news
Undated -- Once you reach your 50th birthday, the American Cancer Society says it's time get screened for colon cancer.
Doctors say the cheapest method is a yearly fecal test, but it's not nearly as accurate as the gold standard-- a colonoscopy. But how many people who should get one, actually do?
Government figures say the number may be as low as ten percent -- partly because many people are unininsured, but also because of something more basic.
"Getting people over the hurdle of actually having something put in their rear end is really quite a job to do," says gastroenterologist Dr. Hemant Roy.
But now, there's an entirely new type of colon cancer screening. It's part of a study comparing a colonoscopy, which probes the entire colon, with a painless, fiber optic thread, which only needs to be inserted a few inches.
One of the inventors is biomedical engineer Vidim Backman. "Using this technology we can pick up very subtle changes in the cells."
So as the light beam illuminates one part of the colon, it's also detecting the potential for cancerous polyps elsewhere. That's because what causes cancer leads to a change in all of the colon's cells.
And the light reflects those changes back into the computer. "By looking at the rectum, the end of the colon, we are able to predict who is going to have a polyp, with really quite remarkable accuracy, above 90 percent." says Dr. Roy.
Maribel Meisel's a big believer in the technology, after having had both kinds of colonoscopies. "If they get it to the point where any doctor can do it during the physical exam, that just sounds fantastic."
These early results need to be confirmed by several more years of research. And if it turns out you have a polyp, you'll still need a colonoscopy to find and remove it.