Vice-president Dick Cheney completed his physical:

Cheney, 64, was at George Washington University Hospital for a colonoscopy, an upper endoscopy and a vascular screening. The procedures completed his yearly medical checkup.

In the first part of the exam last week, an annual heart checkup produced good news for Cheney, who has had four heart attacks, though none since he became vice president in 2001.

The latest tests ...

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Yahoo! now has some health expert blogs
Topics include cardiovascular care, breast cancer, diabetes and asthma.

A woman in Australia is suing her doctor for missing her breast cancer
"It says that in January 2002 she went to him for a 'well woman' check-up before trying to conceive her second child.

As part of the check-up her breasts were examined and while a 'gritty' area on her right breast was detected, she was given the all-clear to have a second child, the claim says."


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The PSA screening test for prostate cancer is flawed
"They found the standard prostate-specific antigen, or PSA test, produces many false positives and false negatives -— meaning some men who think they do not have cancer actually do, while others may undergo uncomfortable biopsies only to learn there is no tumor after all."

The evidence says this is a suboptimal test. Am I still going to do it? ...

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New cancer maps reveal people in the north of England and Scotland are far more likely to get certain cancers than those living in the South
"Scots and Northerners are more prone to lung and stomach cancer, which appear to be linked to smoking and alcohol use as well as socio-economic deprivation.

Cancer prevention experts said the data showed deprived areas needed targeting."

The Internet can provide help and fear when it comes to researching cancer
A woman diagnosed with endometrial cancer chronicles her journey through various cancer web sites:

After I calmed down, I tried to take a reporterly approach to online cancer research.

Here's what I found:

* Even rock-hard facts may not bring calm. There is no evidence, on the Web or elsewhere, that my cancer has environmental causes. ...

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More education is needed: Many still believe cancer myths
"The authors found only one in four (25 percent) of participants correctly identified all five misconceptions as false. Four in ten (41 percent) of the respondents believed that surgical treatment actually spread cancer in the body and 13 percent said they were unsure whether this was true. Twenty-seven percent believed that there is a cure for cancer available being withheld by ...

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Some say a federal ban to cover Viagra can put lives at risk
"Erectile dysfunction drugs are not 'lifestyle' drugs to prostate cancer patients . . . Men already have a great reluctance when it comes to paying attention to their health - significantly downsizing access to the opportunity to fight side-effects of life-saving treatments gives them another excuse."

retired doc wonders if there will be general internists in the future
"Tremendous growth and development of the subspecialist domains of expertise has changed the landscape. Cardiologists are now called in to treat coronary syndromes, pulmonary docs for respiratory failure, etc etc. Oncologists take care of the cancers, kidney doctors the ESRD cases and it is the rheumatologists now giving the disease modifying treatments for rheumatoid arthritis. In short, ...

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More defensive medicine: Malpractice fears leads to mammography overreads
"An article in the July issue of Radiology suggests that this anxiety may be the reason for the large number of false positives and recalls in the United States.

Dr. Joann Elmore of the University of Washington medical school, said that this caution does not necessarily make women safer and does increase their anxiety about breast cancer.
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