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The survey—which was conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Shire among 881 adults diagnosed with CIC who sought treatment for the condition, and 250 licensed gastroenterologists who saw at least 15 CIC patients in the previous month—found that more than eight in 10 CIC patients (84%) say the symptoms associated with the condition and/or its management—such as pain, bloating, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea—often disrupt their everyday lives. Despite seeking treatment, 74% of people with CIC say they generally never feel well (e.g., always feel sick), and about the same percentage (75%) agree they often have to put their life on pause because of the condition by avoiding things like traveling, switching jobs, socializing, volunteering, and/or physical fitness.
Additionally, about seven in 10 (71%) feel like they are missing out on many of life’s moments, such as family parties, and their kids’ sporting events or recitals, because of their CIC. On average, people with CIC report having missed approximately seven days of work, five social events, and four events with kids in the past year due to the condition.
They may also lose time in a typical day due to time spent in the bathroom. Three out of four CIC patients (75%) spend about an hour or more using the toilet in total every day, on average, while 10% spend approximately five or more hours on the toilet per day.
In fact, more than six in 10 people with CIC (62%) agree that the side effects of CIC treatments are sometimes worse than the disorder itself.
For CIC patients, living with the condition has understandably stirred up negative feelings, such as feeling frustrated (69%) and stressed (60%). They feel anxious when they are in public places with limited bathrooms (83%). Around half of CIC patients say the condition has negatively impacted each of the following a lot or a great deal: their self-confidence (60%), their ability to engage in hobbies they used to enjoy (59%), their ability to participate in everyday activities (55%), their romantic relationships/intimacy (54%), and their job/career or ability to work (47%). Roughly eight in 10 patients agree that no one understands the negative impact CIC has on their everyday life.
“Symptoms of chronic idiopathic constipation can impact many aspects of daily living, from being able to go out to dinner to more profound aspects of life such as relationships and careers,” said William D. Chey, M.D., Professor of Gastroenterology & Nutrition Sciences, and Director of the GI Nutrition and Behavioral Wellness Program, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor. “Relieving these symptoms can be difficult. For many of my patients, therapies either don’t adequately control CIC symptoms, or come with side effects that can be as troublesome and unpredictable as the condition itself. This can leave patients feeling like they have no choice but to accept limitations on how they live.”
CIC patients may have a long journey ahead of them. For starters, it can take years to be diagnosed with the condition. On average, CIC patients experienced CIC symptoms for nearly three years (2.7) before they were diagnosed, and about a quarter (26%) made approximately five or more visits to a healthcare provider before they were ultimately diagnosed.
Even after diagnosis, the majority (83%) of CIC sufferers feel like their symptoms are just something they have to live with. It’s not surprising that both patients (87%) and gastroenterologists (90%) wish there were more treatment options. Approximately seven in 10 gastroenterologists agree that many of the current treatments for CIC available to patients generally work the same way, and 78% wish they could find a different approach to treatment.
But, if you have CIC or are experiencing possible CIC symptoms, don’t wait to get the help you deserve. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms, and how they’re affecting your life—only then can you work together to come up with a management plan to best suit your needs
For more information about the survey and CIC, visit www.yourcolonisamuscle.com.
Americans voters from across the political spectrum seem to desire stronger American leadership on key human rights issues, according to our 2015 survey for Human Rights First. Most Americans say eliminating hate crimes (59%) and human trafficking (56%) worldwide are among the most important issues. The poll found that more than three in four Americans believe that the U.S. should lead the world in promoting human rights.
But it's not just political leadership that Americans want, they are turning to corporations to champion human rights and practice their values in their business processes. The Human Rights First study also found that 82% of Americans want companies to be held accountable for slavery and human trafficking when it occurs in their supply chains. And our recent survey with Out & Equal Workplace Associates revealed that more than 80% of Americans say businesses should not be able to deny service based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or disability.
The UDHR is a foundational document of international human rights law and has even been referred to as humanity’s Magna Carta by Eleanor Roosevelt, who chaired the UN's Commission on Human Rights that was responsible for the drafting of the document.
Medical science has made tremendous advances in "personalized medicine" -- drugs that fight cancer and other diseases by boosting the immune system or targeting specific genetic traits.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter benefited from one of these drugs, Keytruda (pembrolizumab), which successfully beat back his brain cancer by ramping up his immune system.
But the American public is still struggling to understand the implications of these new targeted treatments, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll has found.
A large majority (71%) of Americans are unfamiliar with personalized medicine, the survey found.
Among those who are familiar with the concept, nearly half (49%) don't understand that this new type of therapy is typically more successful, with fewer side effects, compared to other treatments.
On the other hand, most (62%) didn't realize that the cost of the drugs will be significantly higher than other treatments.
The online survey of over 2,000 adults was conducted Nov. 15-19.
"Very few Americans know a lot about personalized medicine but, nevertheless, people are excited about it, particularly regarding its potential to save lives and revolutionize health care," said Deana Percassi, managing director of The Harris Poll's public relations research practice.
Personalized medicine, also called precision medicine, uses genetic profiling and specific knowledge of a person's body to optimize therapies.
For example, there's a drug called Lynparza (olaparib) that treats people with advanced breast and ovarian cancers caused by mutations of the BRCA gene. The drug blocks an enzyme and makes it more likely for cancerous cells to die off more quickly.
In an advance for the field, last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a drug for a treatment of a wide range of cancers based on a shared mutation. The drug, Vitrakvi (larotrectinib), can treat thyroid, lung, and head and neck cancers caused by a common genetic factor.
Read more at HealthDay.
In a new study the Harris Poll conducted for CareDox and Families Fighting Flu, we found that a majority of Americans (85%) understand that otherwise healthy children can die from the flu, yet nearly half of parents of kids under 18 have still not had their children vaccinated and 17% of parents don't plan to get their children vaccinated this flu season.
According to the CDC, 2017 was the worst flu season on record, with an estimated 79,000 deaths, including 185 children. Approximately 80% of these deaths occurred in children who had not received a flu vaccination that season. This year's flu season is already underway, and there have already been two reported pediatric flu deaths.
The survey found that parents weren't vaccinating their children because they don't believe the flu vaccine works (55%), they think the vaccine isn't safe (52%) and some even believe they can get the flu from the vaccine (32%)
"Parents may believe that children, even healthy children, dying from flu is a rare occurrence," said Serese Marotta, chief operating officer of Families Fighting Flu, in a press release. "But the members of our organization, including myself, can tell you that flu hospitalizations and deaths occur much more frequently than we'd like to think. And we want parents to know that annual flu vaccination is the best defense we have against influenza."
Families Fighting Flu and CareDox are collaborating to combat the myths surrounding flu and the flu vaccination, with the aim of increasing flu vaccination rates for school-age children this season. Families Fighting Flu will provide flu facts as well as stories of families that have been adversely impacted by this disease to raise awareness about the dangers of flu while CareDox will make it easy for parents to locate and sign up for no-cost school-located vaccine clinics in their areas through its website.
Microsoft announced that it will add real-time captions and subtitles to PowerPoint early next year to break down communication barriers and help presenters interact effectively with their audiences.
The AI-powered feature was conceived in honor of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, an annual day of observance, on December 3, that raises awareness on issues faced by people with disabilities around the world.
"Live captions & subtitles in PowerPoint supports the deaf and hard of hearing community by giving them the ability to read what is being spoken in real-time," Microsoft said of the feature in a blog post. "In addition, captions and subtitles can be displayed in the same language or in a different one, allowing non-native speakers to get a translation of a presentation."
The captions are based on Microsoft’s ongoing AI work, and, according to The Verge, the company has used similar software for its own presentations. "Presenters will be able to customize the appearance of subtitles to match a presentation, and the speech recognition should adapt for more accurate terminology based on context."
Microsoft is planning to bring these features to the Office 365 version of PowerPoint in late January 2019 across Windows, PowerPoint for Mac, and online versions of PowerPoint. The new tool will support 12 spoken languages and display on-screen in more than 60 different languages.
PowerPoint's new perk could bode well for Microsoft's reputation as a recent Harris Poll survey on consumer perceptions of companies shows Microsoft faring better than its tech peers, Apple and Google, on certain aspects of financial performance. In the Harris Poll's 2018 Reputation Quotient study, consumers ranked Microsoft (60%) higher than Apple (55%) and Google (53%) when asked which company had strong prospects for future growth.