My latest USA Today op-ed was published this morning.

I talk about controversies surrounding prostate and breast cancer screening, and how common sense doesn't always apply when it comes to early cancer detection.

Here's the bottom line: "Persuasive arguments can be made for and against screening, and the decision is a highly personal one. But patients must be better informed of the potential consequences either choice can ...

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A simple, potentially cost-effective screening test to detect infant heart defects is rarely used in hospitals today.

Darshak Sanghavi, the chief of pediatric cardiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, is calling for a simple pulse oximetry test to screen infants for heart defects.

He cites a study showing that the test can detect 75 percent of critical heart defects that would have been previously missed. ...

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Those with atrial fibrillation often have to take blood thinners, like warfarin, to reduce the risk of stroke.

The problem is, warfarin requires close monitoring as well as some dietary restrictions to maintain its effectiveness and reduce the very real risk of side effects, like bleeding. It can be a significant disruption in a patient's life, requiring regular trips to a anticoagulation clinic to have blood drawn for ...

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It appears the days of the Pap smear may be numbered.

A recent study from the NEJM showed that a DNA test outperformed the Pap smear in reducing deaths from cervical cancer.

This has tremendous implications worldwide, where cervical cancer continues to be a significant cause of death. Not only is the DNA test effective, it's also inexpensive, costing around $5.

Pap smears take ...

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With Provigil going generic in 2012, Cephalon is looking to replace that lost revenue.

Enter Nuvigil.

The drug company is trying to add a new indication, that is, "curing" jet lag, to give it a leg up over its predecessor.

That, and also drastically hiking the price of Provigil, may entice doctors to make the switch to the newer medication prior to patent expiration.

But, ...

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Ever see softball pitchers do their big, windmill windup prior to a pitch?

MedPage Today
finds a small study shows that it may strain their anterior shoulders more than an overhand throw.

Softball pitchers, who underwent photographic motion analysis and surface electromyography analysis of their biceps, were found to have an increased risk of injury to their biceps, caused by increased "peak biceps brachii muscle activation during ...

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Amy Tuteur's father tragically passed away, but could it have been prevented?

She recounts the story, where, after presenting coughing up blood, her father was then diagnosed with lung cancer. However, 7 months earlier, that mass was seen on a pre-operative chest x-ray.

The urologist who ordered the test failed to inform her father, and he was later sued, but was found not to be ...

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Screening for prostate cancer has become controversial.

The US Preventive Services Task Force concludes that the evidence is insufficient to fully endorse prostate cancer screening in younger men and they recommend against screening for prostate cancer in men over the age of 75.

And a recent study from the National Institutes of Health found that, after 7 to 10 years of follow-up, screening men with a prostate specific ...

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The answer is no.

Besides the fact that the USPSTF already recommends against ovarian cancer screening, MedPage Today reports a study concluding that screening led to a high rate of unnecessary surgery.

During four years of screening with a transvaginal ultrasound and the CA 125 biomarker , "the surgery-to-cancer ratio was 19.5:1," meaning that almost 20 surgeries would be needed for every case of ovarian cancer ...

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According to the Alzheimer's Association, now is the time to address the burgeoning Alzheimer's crisis, especially with baby boomers in the midst of Medicare age.

Alzheimer's dementia boosts the cost of caring for the elderly almost three-fold, from about $10,000 to $33,000 per year, and as Amy Tuteur blogs, "the report of the Alzheimer's Association assumes that the enormous cost of Alzheimer's care is a morally necessary burden, but ...

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