An article released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in their weekly publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report provides an assessment of the progress we have made in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Clearly, since 1971, we have made substantial advances in the cancer treatment.  We have become a larger and older nation.  ...

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As the new school year begins, it’s only natural that there’s more awareness about learning and behavior issues. One of the most controversial topics that came up frequently is ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It’s thought that 2-4% of children have this condition, and a shocking 50% of children with this condition are on some form of prescription medication. Not only is it seen in children, but adults ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. An 81-year-old man is evaluated for the gradual onset and progression of memory loss over the past year. He says he has difficulty recalling the names of familiar people, has misplaced his wallet on numerous occasions, and is slower to find his car in large, ...

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For the past 24 hours I've squirmed about whether to or how to criticize NBC's Andrea Mitchell about her on-air announcement of her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. How can you criticize someone who is dealing with what she - and so many other women - are dealing with? But it's now clear that some breast cancer survivors and others who know the science are critical of the message ...

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An excerpt from Living with Depression: Why Biology and Biography Matter along the Path to Hope and Healing (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group). To be human is to experience an array of different emotions. We can feel upbeat and hopeful, cool and unconcerned or frustrated and fearful in a given day—even in a given moment. The heart of human experience beats with moments of joy and flashes of sorrow, and with ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 25-year-old man is evaluated in the emergency department for swelling of the feet and legs. He has a 5-year history of HIV infection for which he has refused treatment. On physical examination, temperature is normal, blood pressure is 128/74 mm Hg, pulse rate is 88/min, ...

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Parents often wonder when is the appropriate time to introduce solid foods to their infant's diet. It seems like a simple question. So simple that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) cannot agree on the answer. The AAP Committee on Breastfeeding recommends starting complementary foods (rice cereal and baby foods) after six months of age and the Committee on Nutrition recommends the introduction of complementary foods between four to six ...

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It seems as if teenage student athletes have been dying by the month in often spectacular and dramatic fashion.  Last September Texas high school senior Reggie Garrett died suddenly just after throwing a touchdown pass .  Last week a 16-year-old Michigan basketball player died dramatically just after becoming a hero by scoring the winning basket to preserve an undefeated season.  Then just a week later another 16 ...

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Golfer Phil Mickelson has had a rough year and a half. First, his wife and mother are diagnosed with breast cancer, and then he has a health scare of his own. Last year, after the US Open, Mickelson began to experience some troublesome symptoms. In an interview with Extra’s AJ Calloway, Mickelson opened up about what was going on: "After the U.S. Open last year, I wasn’t able to move. ...

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Medicine is presented as being highly scientific. This is until information comes out which questions certain assumptions that underpin the practice of medicine. One of the mantras of modern medicine is that early detection is good. This seems logical enough. However there is an underlying assumption. That is that there will be a worsening of the condition if it is not detected and that treatment will improve the situation. What would happen ...

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