And should you assume that no news is good news? The answer is no. According to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 7 percent of abnormal test results from primary care offices were never reported to the patient. And in a large, unnamed, academic medical center, that number ballooned to 23 percent. That's almost a quarter of abnormal test results from that center that patients were never ...

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Prostate cancer screening continues to be a controversial issue. Regular readers of this blog know about the risks of cancer screening, especially prostate cancer, which can lead to unnecessary biopsies necessitating invasive procedures that can lead to life-altering side effects. All for a slow-growing cancer that may not have led to death. The problem with prostate cancer is that the current detection methods, like the prostate specific antigen, are not ...

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When it comes to procedures, experience counts. In a recent op-ed in the WSJ, maternal-fetal medicine fellow Adam Wolfberg talks about the potential complications of chorionic villus sampling (CVS) (via Suture for a Living). Used to assess the risk of Down Syndrome in the fetus, it involves inserting a 3 1/2 inch needle into the mother's uterus to obtain cells from the placenta. The rate of miscarriage is ...

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As you have read here and elsewhere, Apple's Steve Jobs recently underwent a liver transplant for a rare form of pancreatic cancer. He, however, is not talking publicly about his case, and Apple is tightly controlling the information surrounding Mr. Jobs' health. Certainly, he is entitled to his medical privacy, but there are some who believe he should use his stature and celebrity to raise the awareness of pancreatic cancer. ...

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Michael Jackson suffered a cardiac arrest. And still, that's really all we know for sure. Medical websites continue to speculate on the possible causes. Over at theheart.org, doctors who were interviewed continue to speculate on Jackson's narcotic use, including Demerol, which I wrote about a few days ago. Indeed, a spokesperson for the American College of Cardiology, cardiologist ...

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Michael Jackson's death continues to consume the news cycle. There is currently no clear explanation. Some have speculated that it may be related to the narcotic pain drug, Demerol. According to this report from the UK's The Sun, "An Emergency Room source at UCLA hospital said Jackson aides told medics he had collapsed after an injection of potent Demerol ...

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Michael Jackson is dead at age 50. I've received several e-mails to comment on this story, but there's really too few details to go on. I'm sure more will emerge in the near future. According to news reports, emergency medical services were called to his home in Los Angeles, where he was found in presumed cardiac arrest. CPR ...

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Orac, a general surgeon who blogs at Respectful Insolence, writes the most comprehensive entry I've seen thus far on Apple's Steve Jobs' liver transplant. For those interested in the medicine behind the transplant, go and read his post in its entirety. I'd like to highlight some of the potentially questionable ethics surrounding the case. For one, there is the question why Mr. ...

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Here are the top posts from the past month, based on the number of times they were viewed. 1. Can you really kill a man by gluing his anus shut? 2. What is the most accurate medical show on television? 3. Will diabetes derail Sonia Sotomayor’s chance to become a Supreme Court justice? 4. Is Cheerios really a drug, and why is the FDA targeting the cereal? 5. Is House ...

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The diabetes drug Avandia's fate hangs in the balance tomorrow. It's a much maligned medication, with famed cardiologist Steven Nissen gaining publicity for its possible association with heart attacks. Tomorrow, during the American Diabetes Association annual meeting, the final results of the RECORD study is due to be released. This is a study that was designed to answer the questions surrounding Avandia's cardiovascular safety profile. Interim results had ...

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