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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 ...

Ultrasound Won't Help Broken Bones Heal, Expert Panel Says

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – Some doctors may order a pricey ultrasound treatment – low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) – to help speed the healing of broken bones. But an international panel of experts now says there's little evidence to support the procedure. "We have moderate to high certainty of a lack of benefit for outcomes important to patients, and, combined with the high costs of ...

For Uncontrolled Tremor, Ultrasound Instead of Brain Surgery?

Posted 25 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 – Patients with uncontrolled shaking caused by a condition called essential tremor may get relief with a new noninvasive ultrasound procedure, a study finds. The movement disorder involves involuntary tremors in the hands or feet, and sometimes the voice is shaky, said Dr. Max Wintermark, a professor of neuroradiology at the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center in Palo ...

Hormones Tied to Uterine Fibroid Risk in Study

Posted 18 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 – Having high levels of the hormones testosterone and estrogen in mid-life may boost a woman's risk of benign tumors in the uterus called uterine fibroids, a new study suggests. "Our findings are particularly interesting because testosterone was previously unrecognized as a factor in the development of uterine fibroids," study co-author Dr. Jennifer Lee, from Stanford ...

False-Positive Mammogram Result Traumatic for Most Women: Study

Posted 26 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 – In a finding that won't surprise many who've been through this ordeal, researchers say emotional turmoil is common for women whose mammogram falsely suggests they have breast cancer. The Swedish study of nearly 400 such cases found that 88 percent of the women said they felt a sense of dejection, such as being uneasy, sad or unable to cope; 83 percent reported anxiety; ...

CT Scan Use in Children Dropped Over Past Decade

Posted 24 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 – Children are receiving fewer CT scans now than a decade ago, dovetailing with a move to radiation-free MRI scans and ultrasounds, a recent study shows. Though several reasons might explain the shift, the study's lead author, Dr. Michelle Parker, said the underlying reason may be a push to limit youngsters' exposure to radiation. "Over the time of our study, there has been ...

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