shutterstock_269166263 We all know what the American Cancer Society, the American College of Radiology, and countless other professional societies recommend regarding screening and diagnosing breast cancer in women. But a subject that comes up far less frequently is what to do with men. While it is significantly lower than in women, a man’s risk is not nearly as low as we might ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 60-year-old asymptomatic man is evaluated during a routine examination. He has a long history of heart murmur. With normal daily activities, he has not experienced shortness of breath, chest discomfort, or palpitations. Blood pressure is 138/78 mm Hg, pulse rate is 82/min and regular, and respiration rate is 16/min. BMI is 27. ...

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shutterstock_210047401 In 1735, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Now 280 years later, this basic concept of human health has been refined and applied throughout medicine. Recently, the emphasis on prevention has been amplified by the passage of the Affordable Care Act that prioritizes such services. Radiology remains uniquely poised for this change with its ...

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shutterstock_277885379 Doctors and nurses said patients and their families created the largest obstacles to end-of-life decision making in the ICU, in a large survey published in JAMA Internal Medicine. About 1,300 staff at 13 academic hospitals in Canada rated barriers to end-of-life goals of care on a 1 to 7 scale. Doctors and nurses considered the largest barriers to end-of-life decision ...

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shutterstock_174197693 I hear this fairly often: Women telling me they asked their GYN for an IUD and were told that they couldn’t because they had never had children. Their GYNs are wrong and unfortunately it’s not just a few who think this way. A study from last year tells us that 32 percent of OB/GYNs think that women who have never ...

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Swim season, sleepovers, and summer sports camps -- many tweens and teens are asking about tampons. It’s time for a refresher. 1. It’s OK for her to use a tampon. Using tampons is normal and safe, even from the very first period. In other words, there is no medical reason that a young girl cannot wear a tampon. Using tampons do not imply “sexual maturity” or advanced sexual interest. Tampons are just another form ...

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The scope of the problem Chronic pain is a health epidemic. Estimates suggest that up to a third of adults or a hundred million Americans live with chronic pain conditions that interfere with their work and life. From back pain to headaches to diabetic neuropathy, chronic pain is widespread and debilitating. These patients suffer tremendously, and societal consequences are significant; back pain is one of the most common causes of missing ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 29-year-old woman is evaluated during a routine examination. She seeks advice in reducing her personal risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, because her mother was recently diagnosed with the disorder. The patient is asymptomatic. She has a 10-pack-year history of smoking and consumes six alcoholic beverages per week, usually on weekends. She ...

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shutterstock_117645061 Imagine the United States of America when a simple skin infection from a scrape causes a 10 percent chance of dying.  Out of every 1,000 women who give birth, nine will die, and out of the 1,000 infants born,  up to 30 percent will die.   It is difficult to imagine, but these are the alarming statistics prior to antibiotics in the early ...

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shutterstock_223663249 Chronic insomnia affects 5 percent to 15 percent of Americans. It is far from only a nighttime problem. As all of us know from occasional sleepless nights, the following day is unproductive and sometimes dangerous. Sleep deprived people are more prone to accidents, and are more likely to have depression, anxiety, diabetes and high blood pressure. It is no surprise then that ...

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