Women may be undergoing unnecessary diagnostic imaging and breast biopsies because radiologists are worried about medical malpractice suits
"The recommendation rates for additional testing after a screening mammogram are much higher in the United States than in other countries. However, Dr. Elmore said previous studies have shown that a higher recall rate does not necessarily result in higher cancer detection rates."

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The story of how the impact of a breast cancer diagnosis affects the family
"Lots of well-meaning, cheery people tell me everything is going to be fine because breast cancer turned out fine for their Aunt Louise or their cousin Helga.

But when my doctor discusses the possibility of whacking off part of my body, frying me with radiation and pumping me full of toxic chemicals that will make ...

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Another doctor as a patient: Learning from an ordeal with ovarian cancer
"It will likely make me a better doctor for having experienced all of this."

An Australian doctor risks prosecution for giving a patient advice on euthanasia
"A MELBOURNE doctor risks prosecution after confessing he has helped a terminally ill man who wants to die.

Voluntary euthanasia activist Rodney Syme yesterday revealed he had supplied information to Steve Guest, a former state government media adviser, who has appealed for the right to die with dignity.

Mr Guest, who has inoperable cancer of the ...

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A doctor talks about what he learned as a cancer patient
"I've been in practice for 23 years, and my experience as a cancer patient has taught me a few things, and confirmed things I suspected all along."

A pediatrician talks about the pros and cons of overtesting and overtreating
"Contrary to popular belief, many medical tests aren't definitive; they only suggest probabilities. For example, testing a newborn's blood for the adrenal hormone appears like a great idea at first glance: it's 100 percent effective at catching the 1 child in 10,000 with the hormone deficiency. But this excellent test also identifies many children who don't have the ...

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Time Magazine on the DEA's crackdown on pain management physicians
"But in the government's new crackdown, legitimate physicians and patients may be getting caught in the net. 'Fifty million Americans are in severe pain from arthritis, back injuries, cancer and other disabilities,' says Dr. Scott Fishman, president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. 'But the government is sending a message to avoid prescribing strong pain-killers.'"

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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.

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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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