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FDA Device Surveillance to Tap Phone App The FDA will overhaul its FDA Adverse Event Reporting System in part by launching a smartphone app for streamlined adverse event reporting by physicians. Electronic health records key to patient care quality improvement In England, a survey of physicians reveals that 94 percent believe that patients should have at least some access to their electronic medical records while only 34 percent think that patients should have full access to the records

Did you know colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States among cancers that affect both men and women? If everyone 50 or older got screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. In most cases, colorectal cancer develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Fortunately, screening tests can find these polyps, so you can get them removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best. It’s National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – do what you can to reduce  your  risk for colorectal cancer. If you’re 50 or older, or have a personal or family history of colorectal issues, make sure you get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. Don’t worry about the cost—Medicare covers a variety of  colorectal cancer screenings , and you pay nothing for most tests. Filed under: Share the Health

At risk for glaucoma? Find out before it’s too late Do you have diabetes, a family history of glaucoma, or are you African American and age 50 or older? If so, your risk of getting glaucoma may be higher. With the start of a new year, it’s the perfect time to schedule a regular eye exam to check for glaucoma. You can prevent vision loss by finding and treating problems early. Find out more about Medicare’s glaucoma screening coverage. Filed under: Uncategorized

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