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Scientists Say They Discovered a 'New Organ' in the Body

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 – The human body is full of surprises. The latest: A newly identified "organ" that might affect major diseases. Using updated technology, U.S. scientists report they've discovered a "highway of moving fluid." Layers of the body long believed to be dense, connective tissues are actually interconnected, fluid-filled compartments, the scientists report in a new study. "This ...

Breast Symptoms at Mammogram May Raise Future Cancer Risk

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 – Women with breast symptoms at a regular cancer screening are more likely to develop breast cancer before their next screening, a new study finds. The study included women who took part in the Finnish National Breast Cancer Screening Program between 1992 and 2012. It invites women between ages 50 and 69 for mammograms every two years. Those women who reported breast ...

As Mammograms Became Widespread, Breast Tumor Size Shrank

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 – After American women began to adopt annual mammography screening in the 1980s, a very healthy thing happened: the average size of newly discovered breast tumors got smaller. That's the finding from a new look at data on more than 386,000 U.S. women who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 1983 and 2014. The average size of breast tumors at diagnosis fell 23 ...

Genetic Testing Underused in Breast Cancer Patients: Study

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – Nearly half of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients who should have genetic testing don't receive it, a new study finds. Genetic testing can play an important part in deciding the best course of treatment, the University of Michigan researchers noted. The study included just over 1,700 women with early stage breast cancer who could benefit from genetic testing. Not ...

Many Americans Think Docs Order Too Many Tests, Meds

Posted 6 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 – Few older Americans believe ordering more tests and drugs is the way to better health care, a new survey finds. Of the more than 2,000 respondents aged 50 to 80, just 14 percent thought that "more is better," according to the National Poll on Healthy Aging. In fact, 54 percent said they believe that health care providers often recommend tests, medications or procedures ...

Friends' Experiences Sway Women's Choices on Breast Cancer Care

Posted 3 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 – Women who've had a friend or relative die of breast cancer say they're likely to opt for aggressive prevention measures if they develop the cancer, according to new research. "The cancer of someone you care about is a lens through which you interpret your own risk," study lead author Tasleem Padamsee said in a news release from Ohio State University. "Our study suggests ...

Newer Breast MRI May Be More Accurate and Easier

Posted 20 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – A new type of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) that doesn't use a contrast agent appears better at detecting what's really cancer and what's likely just a harmless lesion, researchers report. In a study in Germany, the new technique reduced false-positive findings by 70 percent. The scan was also able to detect 98 percent of breast cancers correctly, the researchers ...

Family History of Breast Cancer Matters, Even for Older Women

Posted 20 Feb 2018 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 13 Feb 2018 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 13 Feb 2018 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 8 Feb 2018 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 5 Feb 2018 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 ...

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