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Family History of Breast Cancer Matters, Even for Older Women

Posted 6 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 – Women with a family history of breast cancer remain at higher risk for breast cancer even after age 65, a new study suggests. The findings could influence screening recommendations for older women, said researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center, in Washington, D.C. Age is the strongest risk factor for breast cancer. But having a mother, sister or daughter with ...

Ovarian Cancer Screening Still Ineffective, Not Recommended: Panel

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 – Screening for ovarian cancer is not recommended for women with no signs or symptoms of the disease, newly released guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force say. That represents no change in advice from the 2012 guidelines or the task force's draft recommendations issued in the summer of 2017. "Evidence shows that current screening methods do not prevent ...

Too Many Patients Know Too Little About Their MRI, CT Scans: Study

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 – Before they go in for an X-ray, CT scan or MRI, patients may have questions about their screening. But new research finds at least one in every five people saying they received no information about their procedures beforehand. "This is an important finding in today's health care system, where we want more patient engagement and involvement," said lead author Dr. Jay ...

FDA Says U.S. Will Now Produce Critical MRI Component

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – A long-feared shortage of a substance used in millions of medical imaging procedures each year in the United States appears to have been avoided, federal officials report. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it has approved a new technology to produce the country's own supply of the substance – a radioisotope called Technetium-99m (Tc-99m). The ...

Health Tip: X-Ray Suggestions for Parents

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

-- X-rays have led to countless improvements in diagnosing and treating broken bones and other conditions. But they're not without risks. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says such risks are "small when compared to the benefits that [X-rays] can provide," the agency says efforts should be made to prevent unneeded exposure to ionizing radiation. The agency suggests that parents of ...

MRIs Safe With Older Pacemakers, Study Finds

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 – Powerful magnetic fields created during an MRI scan were thought to play havoc with some pacemakers, but a new study says these scans are safe for people with the heart devices. Researchers tested the safety of MRIs on more than 1,500 people who had older pacemakers or implantable defibrillators – called legacy devices – that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ...

FDA Issues Tougher Warning on MRI Gadolinium-Based Dye Tied to Brain Effects

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 19, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday called for tougher warnings and "additional research" into a dye commonly used with standard MRIs. The dye – a "contrast agent" – contains a metal called gadolinium. It made news recently after claims from actor Chuck Norris that its use during MRI scans seriously affected his wife's brain. Contrast agents are injected ...

Modern Times May Mean Weaker Biceps for Women

Posted 29 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 – A life of hard farm work apparently gave ancient women stronger arm bones than modern women, even today's elite rowers. That's the finding of British researchers who compared the bones of a wide range of present-day women with the bones of women who lived in Central Europe during the first 6,000 years of agriculture. Women from 7,400 to 7,000 years ago had similar leg ...

Women Still Want Annual Mammograms

Posted 21 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 – Most American women would prefer to get a mammogram to screen for breast cancer every year rather than every two years, a new study finds. Currently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women at average risk for breast cancer be screened every two years, beginning at age 50. The recommendation is based in part on potential harms associated with ...

Many High-Risk Women Skip MRI Breast Cancer Screenings

Posted 26 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 – Knowing they're at increased risk for breast cancer isn't enough to persuade many women to get MRI screenings – even if they're free. Researchers studied more than 1,000 women in a U.S. military health system who had a 20 percent or greater lifetime risk of breast cancer due to genetics or personal or family history. Between 2015 and 2016, they were offered free MRI ...

Joan Lunden's Breast Cancer Journey: 'You Feel So Vulnerable'

Posted 26 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 – Joan Lunden – co-host of "Good Morning America" for nearly two decades and a long-time health advocate – is now also a breast cancer survivor. By sharing her experience, Lunden hopes she can help other women facing a frightening cancer diagnosis. "It's so shocking when you hear you have cancer, and you feel so vulnerable," said Lunden, 67. Lunden never missed an ...

Scoliosis Screenings Can Help Catch Spine Problem Early

Posted 17 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 – Routine screenings for scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, help ensure the condition doesn't take a toll on children's health and self-esteem, according to an orthopedic specialist. One out of every 25 children develops scoliosis, says Dr. Scott Sorenson, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey, Pa. The condition usually occurs when ...

Study Supports Annual Mammograms Starting at Age 40

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 – How frequently should women get a mammogram? Guidelines differ, but a new study estimates thousands of U.S. lives could be saved if mammograms were done every year from age 40 to 84. "Screening annually starting at age 40 is the best strategy to avert an early breast cancer death," said study co-author R. Edward Hendrick, a radiology professor at the University of ...

Medical Reality Catches Up to Science Fiction

Posted 2 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 – Average folks may one day be able to use a Star Trek-inspired home medical device to diagnose a dozen different ailments and track five major vital signs, all without needing to draw blood or visit a doctor's office. Engineers developed the DxtER device as part of a competition to create a modern-day version of the "tricorder" that Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy waved over ...

$100 Sweetens the Pot for a Colonoscopy

Posted 25 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 – It appears that $100 might go a long way toward convincing someone to get a colonoscopy. New research found that such a cash incentive doubled the chances that older adults were screened for colon cancer. "Colonoscopy is challenging for patients, requiring a day off from work, a bowel-cleansing preparation, and transportation, in addition to non-financial costs of ...

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