I recently had a health journalist interview me about the new guidelines for mammography under 50.
You may recall a storm of controversy was touched off in December 2009, when the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended that mammography begin at 50. Sarah Palin went so far as to compare these recommendations to "death panels" under health care reform. The controversy died down, and health care reform legislation was rewritten to ensure access to mammographic screening.
A study published this week reports that a machine known as magnetoencephalography can correctly identify PTSD 90% of the time. Researchers at the VA in Minneapolis, Minnesota used technology that has been studied for years: imaging the activity of the brain using magnetic sensors. Wikipedia has a nice article about the technique, but it should be noted that the Wikipedia article about Magneto the comic book character is probably longer.»
A malignant growth of cells in the large intestine is called colorectal cancer or Rectal Cancer. People over the age of 50 have the higher risk of getting this disease. In the United States this is the fourth most common cause of caner in men and women. Colon cancer develops from the abnormal growths called polyps and can be detected by radiography. If detected early the disease is curable.
Popular rheumatoid arthritis drugs which work by blocking a protein linked with inflammation have been shown to not raise the overall cancer risk according to new information from Spanish researchers released on Saturday. The medication in question known as TNF blockers suppress the immune system through a blockade of activity of an inflammatory protein known as tumor necrosis factor.
Patients who are obese have a higher incidence of cardiovascular risk related factors. These have been shown to be improved following bariatric surgery. However it still remains unclear if bariatric surgery lowers the risk of long-standing risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota performed a methodical study of research that was already published and the cardiovascular risk model utilized in a previously published validation cohort.