Many women who get mammograms failing to return for routine screenings
A new study finds the number of women getting routine screening mammography may be less than previously reported. The study, published in the October 15, 2005 issue of CANCER finds as many as one in three women have never had a mammogram or have not had one in more than two years, and that many women have one or two mammograms then fail to return for regular screenings.
Childhood cancer survivors face social challenges
A new study finds children who survive cancer have about twice the rate of educational and social problems compared to children without a history of cancer. The study, published in the October 15, 2005 issue of CANCER finds children with brain tumors, neuroblastoma, or leukemia and children treated with cranial radiation therapy (CRT) are at greatest risk for educational difficulties and social isolation. more
More women choosing C-sections when no medical necessity exists
The number of pregnant women choosing to have a "patient-choice" Cesarean section (C-section) rose by 36.6 percent from 2001 to 2003, according to a study released today by HealthGrades, the leading provider of independent healthcare ratings. The study also finds wide variation from state to state in the rate of these types of C-sections, for which there is no medical necessity. more
Memory loss in older adults due to distractions, not inability to focus
The short-term memory problems that accompany normal aging are associated with an inability to filter out surrounding distractions, not problems with focusing attention, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. more
New study shows high-carb, vegan diet causes major weight loss
A low-fat, plant-based diet is more effective at helping women lose weight and improve insulin sensitivity than an omnivorous diet, shows a new study appearing in the September issue of The American Journal of Medicine. The study, involving 59 overweight, postmenopausal women, was conducted by Neal D. Barnard, M.D., president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), together with colleagues at Georgetown University Hospital and George Washington University. Half of the study participants followed a vegan diet; the other half followed a control diet based on National Cholesterol Education Program guidelines. more
Human-to-human diseases more of concern for health officials in New Orleans than diseases humans can get from insects and other animals
Diseases that are transmitted human-to-human are more of a concern for health officials in New Orleans than diseases humans can get from insects and other animals, according to a veterinarian and epidemiologist at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. more
The road map for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes.
The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) have released the first-of-its-kind diabetes tool: The Road Map for the Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes. more