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Digestive Health Notes of Interest


CDC Guidelines for Flu Prevention and Control
Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the 2015–16 Influenza Season. Read More.


Cedar Valley Medical Specialists/Digestive Health Center comments on recent findings from PLOS 6/9/2015 data mining study for incoming questions regarding proton pump inhibitors (PPI) medication.
There are some valid findings to this recent study; however, it does not show clearly that PPI’s cause heart attacks. This was a study done to generate hypothesis for further research, so findings do not mean cause and effect. We are following this closely and watching for any new information that may develop from this study. It is obvious that more research needs to be done in this area. We subscribe to AGA’s (American Gastroenterology Association) “Choosing Wisely” which means that we prescribe patients appropriate dose of PPI medication for the appropriate duration. We recommend regular follow-up appointments for our patients to assess and determine this. Please keep in mind that there are clear benefits of taking these medications. They are useful for GERD and prevention of GI bleeding. As with any medication, there may always be risk, but one must weigh the benefits also. We do not recommend our patients abruptly stop their meds without checking with us first.


FDA Identifies More Ways to Reduce The Spread of Infections From Duodenoscopes
Discover this useful list of additional duodenoscope reprocessing measures issued by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to further reduce the risk of infection and increase the safety of these medical devices. Read More.


SGNA’s 18-Month Membership Option
Do you know someone who forgot to renew their SGNA membership? Has one of your colleagues mentioned wanting to join SGNA? The 18-month membership option is the perfect opportunity for them to get involved and start experiencing all of SGNA’s member benefits. The 18-Month Membership starts at the time of purchase and expires December 31, 2016. Click here for more details.


Application Deadline for SGNA Membership Dues Scholarship
SGNA Membership Dues Scholarships have been established to financially assist SGNA members with their annual membership dues. Apply by October 1 for consideration. Click here to apply now!


SGNA Approver Unit to No Longer Accept Non-Regional Programs
As of November 1, 2015, non-regional programs may no longer be submitted to the SGNA Approver Unit for contact hours approval. Regional programs are defined as programs provided by an SGNA Regional Society for the primary benefit of regional members, applicable to SGNA’s Regional Society re-chartering requirements, and are being developed in collaboration with the SGNA Region’s Leadership. Contact Cindy Friis or Sophie Huckabay with any questions.




Be Heard: Urge Congress to Remove Barriers to CRC Screening
The “Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act” has been reintroduced to Congress, and now is the time to reintroduce yourself to your elected officials! Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act (S. 624/H.R. 1220). This legislation would waive beneficiary coinsurance for a screening colonoscopy with polyp removal. Sending a message to representatives is fast and easy with CapWiz, click here to get started!