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Vidyya Medical News Service For 10-March-2001:

The following stories appear in full on Today's Vidyya Medical News Service Web site.

Parents who worry that their household cat might trigger asthma in their children shouldn't be too quick to get rid of the pet, according to a study that appears in the March 10 issue of The Lancet. The study shows that high levels of cat allergen in the home decrease the risk of asthma, apparently by altering the immune response to cats.

For more information: Don't Get Rid Of That Cat Yet, Say Asthma Researchers

A slide presentation, 'A Call to Action: Prevention and Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer,' was developed to generate a greater awareness among primary care providers (i.e., physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners) of the importance of prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer by the CDC. Health professionals are invited to download the presentation and accompanying materials in today's Vidyya.

For more information: A Call To Action: Prevention And Early Detection Of Colorectal Cancer Slide Set

Several tests are used to screen for colorectal cancer (CRC) beginning at age 50. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the American Cancer Society (ACS), and an interdisciplinary task force convened by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, or AHCPR (now known as the Agency for at an early stage. Healthcare Research and Quality), all have developed guidelines related to CRC screening. This simple handout displays the differences between the guidelines and is an excellent resource for health professionals.

For more information: Health Professional Facts On Screening: Colorectal Cancer

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