Originally posted in MedPage Today by Emily P. Walker, MedPage Today Washington Correspondent A day after the American Cancer Society (ACS) released updated prostate cancer screening guidelines, the group's chief medical officer was before Congress urging the government to fund research into alternative screening methods for prostate cancer. Otis Brawley, MD, an oncologist and chief medical officer for the ACS, told the House Oversight ...

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Mammogram screening for breast cancer continues to simmer in the news. The recent USPSTF guidelines, no longer recommending a routine mammogram for women between the ages of 40 and 49, continue to stir controversy between physicians and their patients. In a recent survey from the Annals of Internal Medicine, it looks like the debate between doctors and patients will continue for the foreseeable future:

. . . a divide has emerged between ...

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Originally published in MedPage Today by Chris Emery, MedPage Today Contributing Writer The symptoms of autism tend to emerge in children after six months of age, with a loss of social and communications skills that is more common and more subtle than previously thought, according to a new study that questions previous assumptions about the progression of the condition. At six months, ...

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Robotic surgery, which mostly used for prostate surgery, is one of the newer trends that hospitals are embracing. But are the costs, which can reach into the millions of dollars, worth the expense? That's a question discussed in a recent New York Times piece. There's no question that robotic surgery costs more -- almost $2,000 more per patient. And indeed, some patients are more comfortable post-op. But there ...

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Remember the trial a couple of years ago that showed that group support participation was associated with prolonged survival among women with metastatic breast cancer? I've thought a lot about that over the years. Isn't it interesting that something as simple as a supportive environment can make a difference in what researchers consider to be the hardest endpoint there is: survival? In our dualistic view of the human organism, we think ...

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President Obama had a well-publicized routine health exam last week. One of the more controversial issues was the virtual colonoscopy he received. It's been well covered here that virtual colonoscopy doesn't have the same diagnostic accuracy as a traditional colonoscopy, and in fact, is not covered by Medicare or most third party payers. With the President obtaining one, does that send out the wrong message? Of course, radiologists -- who stand ...

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Originally published in MedPage Today by John Gever, MedPage Today Senior Editor The placebo effect is a real and therapeutic psychological phenomenon that, with more research, could be exploited more systematically in medical practice, said Australian researchers. "There is not one placebo effect, but many," wrote Damien Finniss, MSc, of the University of Sydney in Australia, and colleagues in the Feb. 20 ...

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Last month I saw a 65 year-old woman with a mass in her kidney in clinic for follow up. She had recently transferred her medical care to our clinic after her insurance changed. She came with a few medical problems including high blood pressure, tobacco use and arthritis — diseases which are the bread and butter of primary care medicine — but she also came with a history of a mass ...

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How pediatricians deal with families who refuse to vaccinate their kids is a contentious issue. There are some offices, for instance, that flat out refuse to treat kids who parents say "no" to vaccines. But is taking such a hard line wise? A recent piece from the Wall Street Journal looks at the issue. According to the former chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics' bio-ethics committee, "the vast ...

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