Hopefully, by now, people are realizing that more is not necessarily better. A new study reported at the American Heart Association 2009 Scientific Sessions showed that patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) receive large doses of ionizing radiation per hospital admission. They looked at patients treated at 55 academic hospitals and found, on average, each patient received seven studies per AMI admission. The studies included chest X-rays, chest CT, head CT, ...

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Originally published in MedPage Today by Crystal Phend, MedPage Today Senior Staff Writer Many women at elevated breast cancer risk may refuse MRI as part of their screening program, largely because of fear and inconvenience, researchers found. Among eligible women with dense breasts who were at intermediate to high risk for breast cancer, 42.1% refused additional MRI screening as part of a ...

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Would you take a pill every day to reduce the risk of breast cancer? That's a question Tara Parker-Pope asks in a recent blog entry. Referring to Tamoxifen, a drug that's been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer in high-risk women, she notes that a substantial number said they wouldn't take the drug after hearing about the side effects:

Just 6 percent said they would consider it after ...

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by Dana Griffen Receiving a cancer diagnosis is an upsetting experience for the patient, as well as his or her family and friends. Cancer patients are thrust into a new world with new language and new rules. Knowing where to turn and who you can trust is a huge concern. One of the first things a cancer patient will discover is that he or she will not be treated by only one ...

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One of the best ways to combat unnecessary tests is to truthfully expose their risks and complications. Patients can only make an informed decision after such a discussion with their physicians, and too often, the media ignores publicizing risk. If, for instance, more airtime was spent discussing the risks of breast cancer screening, the outcry wouldn't have been as great. Perhaps that's changing. The Archives of Internal Medicine recently released a study ...

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Lawrence Jones started smoking Kool Menthols when he was playing Rhythm and Blues in the ‘70s, as a way of fitting in with his bandmates and the in crowd at the clubs where he played. The band broke up after a few years, but the cigarettes remained. Instead of being a way to look sophisticated, smoking became a means for Jones to relax and, he says, to feel he was “in ...

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Originally posted in Insidermedicine Giving breast cancer patients chemotherapy before hormone-suppressing therapy with tamoxifen may improve their prognosis, but only if they are at high risk for a cancer recurrence, according to research published in The Lancet. classid='clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000' codebase='http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=7,0,0,0' WIDTH='385' HEIGHT='239' id='play_continuous_flvs'>
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Originally published in HCPLive.com by Victor G. Dostrow, MD There are some recent developments in the world of stroke, which are interesting: The first manuscript is an evaluation of stroke risk and the "stroke belt" (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, or Alabama). The authors evaluated stroke risk measured over three decade census intervals for persons aged 30 to 80, based on ...

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Originally posted in MedPage Today She is 11, a fifth grader, as prepubescent as nature allows, and utterly terrified. She hasn't eaten normally for nearly a month, her mother reports. She sleeps poorly, reports nightmares, and cleans her hands so obsessively that she is literally bleeding raw. Her fifth grade peer group typically does not guard its language nor govern its remarks, ...

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Originally posted in Insidermedicine The amount of radiation exposure associated with computed tomography (CT) scans as well as the increased risk of cancer associated with this exposure have been estimated in two studies published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. id="play_continuous_flvs" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="385" height="239" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0">
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