Are you ready for the coming controversy? Results from a major Canadian study show that yearly mammograms combined with physical breast examination for women 50–59 years old — who were also trained to perform breast self-examination — does not lower breast cancer mortality compared with yearly physical examination alone. Mammography has been the subject of intense debate over the last several years. This study is sure to stoke the fire. You can read a summary in today's Vidyya
Vidyya has a fact sheet on the screening mammogram for your patients. A screening mammogram is an x-ray of the breast used to detect breast changes in women who have no signs of breast cancer. It usually involves two x-rays of each breast. Using a mammogram, it is possible to detect a tumor that cannot be felt. The fact sheet in today's Vidyya is in the public domain and can be freely distributed.
In infectious disease news, Saudi Arabia has confirmed that there have been 16 deaths from Rift Valley fever in the country since 17 September 2000. Prior to the confirmation of Rift Valley in Saudi Arabia the disease was believed to be confined to the African continent.
Rift Valley Fever (RVF) is a zoonosis (a disease which primarily affects animals, but occasionally causes disease in humans). RVF may cause severe disease in both animals and humans, leading to a high morbidity and mortality, and exacting substantial economic costs from loss of livestock.
Obesity research is in the headlines again. In a study to be published in the October issue of Diabetes, Australian researchers working with desert rats have discovered a human gene that experts say could lead to the
first gene-based drug to treat obesity and diabetes. The research focuses on a gene, Beacon, that may add to the understanding of the obesity-diabetes pathway. This particular Beacon appears to be one to watch.
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