Monday, March 28, 2016

GeneNews Plans To Re-establish It's Growth Trajectory

The GeneNews juggernaut seems to be unstoppable amidst growing global demand and a renewed interest in its lab and its technology. The company recently announced it was taking over full control of Innovative Diagnostic Laboratory.

"In recent months, we have taken a number of important steps to get the company on a more solid footing to support an orderly restructuring of its operations," said GeneNews executive chairman James Howard-Tripp. "With a number of difficult decisions behind us, and this purchasing agreement in place, we are now much better prepared to pursue the working capital we need to restore IDL's corporate viability and re-establish its growth trajectory."  

ColonSentry® Can Asses Your Risk and Provide Actionable Clinical Information for Doctors and Patients

Picture ColonSentry® is a blood-based test that can assess a patient's current risk of having colorectal cancer. The test is not considered a replacement for colonoscopy, but rather a more convenient step in determining early warning signs of colon cancer. ColonSentry does not require patients to provide a stool sample, nor does it require any dietary restrictions like fasting or refraining from certain foods or medications prior to taking the test. The ColonSentry test is easy to perform and blood can be drawn at the same time as other tests.

About Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer (CRC) occurs when cells lining the colon or rectum begin to divide rapidly and form small tumors or premalignant polyps. Though usually benign, some of these polyps may become malignant or cancerous over time. If these cancerous cells grow into the wall of the colon or rectum, the cancer can spread to other organs in a process called “metastasis.”

Risk factors

  • Men and women age 50 and older
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Race & ethnic background (i.e., CRC incidence higher for African Americans and Jews of Eastern European descent)5,6
  • Physical inactivity
  • Personal history of colorectal polyps
  • Personal history of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Family history of colorectal Cancer
  • Inherited syndromes
  • Diet that is high in red meats and processed meats

Signs and Symptoms

The following signs and symptoms may be caused by colorectal cancer and are usually associated with later stages of the disease and poorer outcomes.
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Blood (either bright red, very dark, or black and tarry looking) in the stool
  • Diarrhea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
  • Stools that are narrower than usual
  • General abdominal discomfort (frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness, or cramps)
  • Weight loss for no known reason
  • Constant tiredness
  • Vomiting

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