1. Election May Not Help Curb Health Costs, Wonks Say. Whether Republicans or Democrats win control in the November elections, nothing will happen that will bring healthcare costs under control without a willingness to deal, healthcare policy experts agreed.
2. Cardiologists Urged to Lead in Smoking Cessation. Cardiologists as a group have largely ignored tobacco as a modifiable risk factor, concentrating instead on hypertension and dyslipidemia, a pattern Ottawa cardiologist Andrew Pipe, MD, calls “substandard care.”
3. Radiation May Not Be Needed for All Breast Ca. Radiofrequency ablation of the breast tumor excision site could substitute for radiation therapy in selected patients.