Colon Screening Just Got Easier | Severe COVID-19 Update
From eNewsletter 1/13/2021
DID YOU KNOW that for years we've been telling you that colonoscopies as first-line therapies are unnecessary? It seems experts are finally listening. Some of the largest healthcare systems in the country, such as Kaiser Permanente and the federal Veterans Health Administration, are now sending their patients yearly home stool sample kits such as fecal immunochemical test (FIT) and Cologuard to screen for colon cancer. Research has shown that only five to six percent of these patients test positive, which triggers a colonoscopy. We're not anti-colonoscopy. We simply prefer any preventive health option that is more economical and less invasive, especially when you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Later this year, expect the U.S. Preventive Services Taskforce to change their guidelines to echo this.
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YOU ARE INFLUENCED BY THE GENES OF YOUR PARTNER
Steve and Bonnie: A fascinating study in Nature Human Behavior suggests that your health and lifestyle are influenced by the genes of your partners. Using data from more than 80,000 couples, researchers identified multiple correlations between individuals’ traits and their partners’ genomes.
So the next time your partner says their behaviors do not effect on you, we now know that is untrue about one quarter of the time.
Unlike direct genetic effects, indirect genetic effects are a form of environmental influence, driven by the genetic traits of people around you. In the simplest terms, a person who is genetically predisposed to smoking might raise their partner’s risk of lung cancer via exposure to cigarette smoke or by encouraging them to smoke more.
Researchers selected 105 complex genetic traits, influenced by variation in multiple genes such as height, smoking status, and susceptibility to mood swings, and looked for broad associations between each individual’s traits and their partner’s DNA. Around 25 percent of the associations involved at least some causation, that is, one person’s genotype was having a detectable effect on another person’s phenotype.
These associations included several dietary traits, time spent watching television, susceptibility to mood swings, and smoking habits, whereas height did not show evidence of a causal relationship using this analysis, increasing the researcher’s confidence in their method.
Such data on indirect genetic effects could one day have applications in public health. For example, it may be possible, as genomes become a routine part of a person’s medical record, to provide clinical guidance and risk management information to pati