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A Second Look at the European Randomised Study Of
Screening For Prostate Cancer

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Tweet Last week, The Lancet published 13-year follow-up results from the European Randomised study of Screening for Prostate Cancer (ERSPC), an international trial of PSA testing in seven countries (the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland). (Unfortunately, the … Continue reading

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Backs Routine HIV Testing

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Tweet The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force formally published its recommendation for routine HIV testing for all individuals age 15 to 65 in the Annals of Internal Medicine this week. An editorial and patient materials are all available free to … Continue reading

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With Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Screening Questioned, Why Not Hurl Out the Next Unproven Prostate Tests?

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Tweet The headline in the New York Times story this morning, “New Prostate Cancer Tests Could Reduce False Alarms,” by Andrew Pollack, had me scratching my head. Had I missed something in the story of advances in prostate cancer screening … Continue reading

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Are Dense-Breast, Right-to-Know Laws Helpful?

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Tweet In a victory for the dense-breast patient movement, Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) signed legislation last week requiring that doctors who discover that women have dense breasts on mammography must inform women that: dense breasts are a risk factor for … Continue reading

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Is the Bar High Enough for Screening
Breast Ultrasounds for Dense Breasts?

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Tweet In a unanimous decision yesterday, FDA approved the first breast ultrasound imaging system for dense breast tissue “for use in combination with a standard mammography in women with dense breast tissue who have a negative mammogram and no symptoms … Continue reading

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What’s Next for Prostate Cancer Screening and Treatment?

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Tweet Complex medical stories require time and energy to tell, talk about, and think about. When stories involve yanking a test or practice that is widely used, all hell breaks lose. That’s why I am grateful to appear today on … Continue reading

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Confused About What Health Reform Has to Offer:
Sept. 23rd Marks One Year with New Patient Protections

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Tweet You may not love every single bit of health reform coming down the pike, but make no mistake about it: new patient protections that went into effect one year ago had their one-year anniversary Sept. 23. I think health … Continue reading

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Writing About Alzheimer’s and Dementia Gets Complicated

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Tweet Now that I have spent three days listening to expert neurologists, demographers, caregivers, and policy people talk about Alzheimer’s, I come away from the meeting with a sense that the story is complicated, and that I hope it is … Continue reading

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