Sunday, April 19, 2015

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To the ever-growing list of things smartphones can put at your fingertips (weather, traffic, games, stock quotes), Apple aims to add "relieve suffering" and "advance science."
Findings suggest need to modify screening methods
CHICAGO - Here's another reason for getting a second medical opinion: Biopsy specialists frequently misdiagnose equivocal breast tissue, potentially leading to too-aggressive treatment for some women and under-treatment for others, a study suggests.
Abnormal cells are misidentified in one-fourth of cases, research suggests
Research based on VA medical records finds no bump up in risk, despite use of hormone therapy
More than a third with 'locally advanced' disease don't get treatment aimed at preventing tumor's return
Problem more pronounced among minority women, study finds
Study of postmenopausal women suggested hormone levels mattered more than excess weight
New research finds biological differences in tumor type, behavior
It seems counterintuitive, but detecting breast cancer early is not automatically a good thing. That dilemma is at the heart of the never-ending debate over starting mammography screening before age 50.
Side effect is very rare, tied to drug-linked inflammation of hands, experts say
Angelina Jolie's decision for surgery might not be right for everyone carrying BRCA mutations
Study shows recent advances help improve odds, but medical bills are rising
But almost half don't have conversation with doctor about potential for future problems
Small, but steady declines in deaths seen over past decade
New focus on tumor subtypes could help patients, according to medical groups
Findings suggest need to modify screening methods
Blacks, Hispanics more likely to be guided by referrals, health plan limits
Abnormal cells are misidentified in one-fourth of cases, research suggests
But, researchers say more study needed to confirm findings
Research based on VA medical records finds no bump up in risk, despite use of hormone therapy
Review also found raised risk of stroke for some, although timing of use may be a key factor
Doctors should ask about medical history of first-degree male relatives, researchers say