Originally published in MedPage Today by Chris Emery, MedPage Today Contributing Writer Physicians often misdiagnose bone fractures caused by child abuse as accidental breaks, particularly if the child is male and the doctor is not a pediatrician, a new study found. Of children who suffered fractures from abuse, about 20% had at least one previous medical visit during which a doctor missed ...

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Here's the obligatory Tiger Woods post on the blog. Whenever Tiger gets back to the course, some are wondering how his current travails will impact his golf game. NPR's Shots interviewed a sports psychologist about the issue. Gregg Steinberg, author of Mental Rules for Golf, cites the so-called "triad of toughness," - physical, mental and emotional:

For a golfer, says Steinberg, physical toughness means you have components like a great swing and ...

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Originally published in MedPage Today by Crystal Phend, MedPage Today Senior Staff Writer Gains in life expectancy from lower smoking rates over the next decade will be offset, to some degree, by reductions in life expectancy based on the rise in obesity, researchers estimated. If obesity and smoking rates had held steady, the average 18-year-old would have seen a 2.98-year increase in ...

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Fear is such a powerful emotion, humans will do almost anything to relieve it. The most effective way to control fear is to manage whatever it is we're afraid of. Night lights against the monsters under the bed; locks on the doors and a handgun under the pillow to fend off intruders; annual mammograms and PSAs to keep us from dying of cancer. Although all these things may relieve fear ...

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Originally published in MedPage Today by John Gever, MedPage Today Senior Editor Responding to growing concern over concussions suffered by professional football players, the National Football League may soon require teams to seek opinions from independent neurologists before allowing head-injured players back on the field. League officials have not confirmed the plan, but reports in The New York Times, the Associated Press, FOXSports.com, ...

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Originally published in MedPage Today by Kristina Fiore, MedPage Today Staff Writer Radiologists have rejected revised mammography guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), arguing that they are not backed by scientific evidence and will lead to unnecessary deaths. Under the revised guidelines, "screening will begin too late and its effects will be too little," said Stephen A. Feig, MD, of ...

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Originally published in MedPage Today by Kristina Fiore, MedPage Today Staff Writer Some women already at high risk of breast cancer should be cautious about having mammography or chest x-rays before the age of 30 because the imaging may increase the risk of developing the disease, researchers here said. Five or more x-rays, or any exposure to ionizing radiation before age 20, ...

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There’s no question the deck is stacked against primary care. Its rates are too low, its hours too long, and its prestige too lagging. Yet everybody agrees a vibrant and broad primary care base is essential to a smoothly functioning and effective health system. I’m optimistic about primary care. I believe primary care doctors are capable of pulling themselves up by their technological bootstraps. In Innovation-Driven Health Care, I devoted several ...

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by Bruce Goldman People of a certain age have been known to complain that, while they lucidly recall the details of childhood events, they can't remember what they ate for breakfast. As it is with brains, so it may be with immune systems. Older people's immune responses, while generally somewhat sluggish in revving up after, say, a vaccine against seasonal influenza, seem to retain a knack for fending off the current H1N1 ...

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Recently, two groups released new guidelines that may affect breast cancer and cervical screening in women. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against screening women in their 40s and to screen women every other year starting at age 50. The USPSTF left room for individualized screening, particularly in the presence of risk factors such as family history. Still, it is ...

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