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How to Question Your Doctor’s Advice. All These Cancer Screenings Probably Won’t Save Your Life. Some cancers are easy to prevent.

All These Cancer Screenings Probably Won’t Save Your Life

For example, sun block can prevent skin cancer; the hepatitis B vaccine can prevent liver cancer; the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can prevent cervical cancer as well as head, neck, anal, and genital cancers; and cessation of cigarette smoking can prevent lung cancer. Other cancers are harder to prevent, like those of the prostate, thyroid, and breast. Pass the butter: Cutting saturated fat does not reduce heart disease risk, cardiologists say - Health.

The belief that saturated fat in foods such as butter, cheese and meat clogs arteries is "just plain wrong," a group of cardiologists say in a new editorial.

Pass the butter: Cutting saturated fat does not reduce heart disease risk, cardiologists say - Health

Instead, the focus should be on eating a Mediterranean-style diet, taking a brisk walk daily and minimizing stress, they say. After decades of thinking that cutting saturated fat in the diet was associated with lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and death, doctors and researchers now realize there is no association in healthy adults. Even in people with established heart disease, reducing saturated fat alone doesn't reduce heart attacks, says British cardiologist Dr. Unnecessary care in Canada tops 1 million tests and treatments a year - Health. Canadians undergo more than a million medical tests or treatments a year that don't help and may be harmful, a new report suggests.

Unnecessary care in Canada tops 1 million tests and treatments a year - Health

The report, Unnecessary Care in Canada, was released Thursday by Choosing Wisely Canada, a campaign to reduce unnecessary use of health care, and by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). "They're tests and treatments that don't help patients and can even in some cases be harmful, and they certainly don't help the health-care system use its resources wisely," said Dr. Wendy Levinson, chair of Choosing Wisely Canada and a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. Read this before you get your knee replaced - Blog. More than sixty thousand Canadians per year and climbing get knee replacement surgery.

Read this before you get your knee replaced - Blog

A U.S study published last week in the British Medical Journal finds that a good number of patients south of the border may be getting new knees before they need them. The study by researchers in the U.S. and the Netherlands looked at just under 4,500 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee and those at high risk of arthritis. They looked at the impact of knee replacement surgery on patients and the cost of the surgery to the system. Overall, each patient benefited somewhat from the surgery with better quality of life. Should I be undergoing any tests for my severe back pain? - The Globe and Mail. I went to my doctor because I’ve had really bad back pain.

Should I be undergoing any tests for my severe back pain? - The Globe and Mail

I asked if I should get an MRI, CT scan or even an X-ray to find out what’s causing my discomfort. My doctor said I don’t need any tests. Type 2 diabetes not real illness says top doctor Muir Gray. Log In - New York Times. GP rebate: What I do for the $37.05 that no one wants to pay. The builder chatted while I checked his blood pressure, waist circumference, cholesterol, fasting glucose and urine protein.

GP rebate: What I do for the $37.05 that no one wants to pay

We discussed bowel and prostate cancer screening in detail and I gave him written information as we were out of time. As I signed his script for blood pressure medication he winked. The three questions that every patient should ask their doctor. An unimpressed nurse summons the oncology fellow to the chemotherapy chair.

The three questions that every patient should ask their doctor

“I am not prepared to treat him with chemo. He can barely stay awake.” “But his oncologist wants to push on,” the fellow responds. This physician wants her patients to use fewer medications. Do non-antibiotic preventive treatments for urinary tract infections work? By Barbara Greenwood Dufour Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the second most common infection of the human body.

Do non-antibiotic preventive treatments for urinary tract infections work?

Certain medical conditions, such as bladder dysfunctions and urologic anatomical abnormalities, increase one’s risk of developing a UTI, as does being a resident of a long-term care facility or using a urinary catheter. Our world is awash in bullshit health claims. These scientists want to train kids to spot them. Over my years in health journalism, I’ve debunked many dubious claims.

Our world is awash in bullshit health claims. These scientists want to train kids to spot them.

I’ve discussed how to cover quacks like Dr. Oz and the Food Babe, and how to navigate a medical world so filled with hooey it can make your head spin. But I wasn’t always fluent in the ways of detecting bull. My eyes were opened in my early 20s, when I met a group of researchers at McMaster University in Canada. MYTH: WHOLE-BODY SCREENING IS AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO DETECT HIDDEN CANCERS. How Inconclusive Medical Tests Spiral Into Overtesting. A few years ago, James Andrews — a famous sports medicine orthopedist — ran a clever quasi-experiment.

How Inconclusive Medical Tests Spiral Into Overtesting

Andrews has treated the likes of Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Emmitt Smith, Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, Roger Clemens, and Jack Nicklaus. Thinking that MRI scans might be giving doctors misleading results, Andrews took a group of thirty-one professional baseball players, all pitchers, and gave them MRIs. Why mammograms haven’t cut cancer deaths, explained in 500 words. Drugs & The Media: Relative vs. Absolute Risk. There's a growing conversation in medicine that patients should know about. The entire medical community is talking about an issue causing risk and harm to patients across the country, but few patients are aware of this conversation. What are the biggest health myths. 9 Questions You Always Need to Ask Your Doctor. The Evidence Points to a Better Way to Fight Insomnia. Photo. How to reduce the risks of multiple medications in seniors. What are the odds that your medication will help you get better? Seven Hard Facts We All Need To Swallow About Antibiotics.

These Four Things Could Cut U.S. Cancer Deaths In Half. More Medical Care Isn’t Always Better. We Don't Know If Cancer Screening Actually "Saves Lives", Experts Argue - BuzzFeed News. Misconceptions About Screening.