Should celebrities push cancer screenings?
"Screening is increasingly recognized as a two-edged sword . . . Celebrities should be judicious in using their powers of persuasion. When it comes to communicating about complex decisions such as cancer screening, the goal should not be to persuade but to inform."

I don't think that celebrities carefully weigh the evidence before using their fame to push cancer screening agendas.

Can everyday, subtle racism promote poor health?
"Many African Americans tell stories like these "” seemingly minor examples of subtle discrimination they experience routinely.

Some medical researchers have begun to suspect that such incidents take a physical toll and may play a role in why black people tend to have poorer health than white people. Chronic, low-level stress from such incidents may increase the risk for a host of ...

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Women are waiting weeks for a mammogram
"Women had to wait between 1 and 4 weeks for diagnostic mammography, designed to investigate a possible problem. For regular screening mammograms, women waited up to 8 weeks for an appointment.

Study author Dr. Carl D'Orsi of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia said that he believed that over time, women might have an even harder time getting an appointment for a mammogram. ...

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Math + Medicine = Confusion
"Why do so many people have trouble with the notion of probability and chance? Mathematicians chalk it up to innumeracy, the arithmetic equivalent of illiteracy. Simply put, people are uncomfortable with mathematical concepts like probability because they never learned them in the first place.

Innumeracy explains much of the public's confusion about the risks of various drugs and medical treatments. But not all ...

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A doc uses our highly litigious society to his advantage
"Gary Ordog was trained in emergency medicine. He spent the first 17 years of his career patching up knife and gunshot wounds at Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center in the tough Compton neighborhood of Los Angeles. Then he found a more lucrative specialty. For $9,800 up front (plus $975 an hour) Dr. Ordog appears as an expert witness in lawsuits ...

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Some women in the UK are inventing family histories of breast cancer in order to have treatment
"They say the women, 1% of patients, are likely to have a psychological disorder similar to Munchausen's Syndrome."

Attention grabbing



A billboard in Australia promoting the use of sunscreen to prevent skin cancer.

Vitamin E supplements are useless
It has been written before that there is poor data supporting the use of vitamin E for the prevention of cancer and heart disease. Now comes a study suggesting an association with heart failure. An editorial asks, Is there hope for vitamin E? I say no.

Elidel is next on the FDA black box hit list



"Research shows the creams are absorbed into the body and can cause cancer, the FDA said. The creams will carry a "black box" warning — the strongest warning carried on medicines.

And babies should not be treated with the creams at all, the FDA said.

In February members of an FDA advisory panel said they ...

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"Why am I not dead?"
"A terminally ill cancer patient who tried to end his life with drugs prescribed under Oregon's assisted-suicide law awoke three days later, alert and talkative."

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