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

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by

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 treatment, LIPUS represents an inefficient use of limited health care resources," concluded the panel. The group is made up of bone surgeons, physical therapists and doctors, as well as patients who've had broken bones. The panel conducted a detailed analysis of the most up-to-date data on the subject, and published its conclusions Feb. 21 in the BMJ medical journal. According to the panel, up to 10 percent of people who suffer a broken bone face slow or complicated healing. In 1994, the U.S. Food ... Read more

Related support groups: Ultrasound, Fracture, bone, Orthopedic Surgery, Compression Fracture of Vertebral Column, Prevention of Fractures

For Uncontrolled Tremor, Ultrasound Instead of Brain Surgery?

Posted 25 Aug 2016 by

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 Alto, Calif. "It's called 'essential' because we don't know what is causing it." In some cases, essential tremor keeps people from feeding themselves, writing or carrying out other everyday activities. It's estimated that more than 7 million people have the condition in the United States. The standard medications, drugs called propranolol and primidone, only help as many as 60 percent of patients, and they lose effectiveness over time. Until now, when drugs failed, doctors could only offer brain ... Read more

Related support groups: Ultrasound, Benign Essential Tremor, Diagnosis and Investigation

Hormones Tied to Uterine Fibroid Risk in Study

Posted 18 Dec 2015 by

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 University School of Medicine, said in a news release from the Endocrine Society. The study included nearly 1,400 women who had their testosterone and estrogen levels checked nearly every year for 13 years. Those with high levels of testosterone in their blood were 1.3 times more likely to develop uterine fibroids than those with low levels, and the risk was even greater in those with high levels of testosterone and estrogen, the investigators found. But while women with high levels of both hormones ... Read more

Related support groups: Ultrasound, Female Infertility, Uterine Leiomyomata / Fibroids, Diagnosis and Investigation

False-Positive Mammogram Result Traumatic for Most Women: Study

Posted 26 Aug 2015 by

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; 67 percent said they had behavioral changes, such as trouble dealing with spare time or work; and 53 percent suffered sleeping problems. One expert in the United States wasn't surprised. "It is well known that false-positive results on a mammogram or ultrasound can cause anxiety and distress," said Dr. Stephanie Bernik, chief of surgical oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Unfortunately, she added, women are in a tough spot because "at the current time, these tests are the best ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Breast Cancer, Ultrasound, Dysthymia, Breast Cancer, Prevention, Diagnosis and Investigation, Body Imaging

CT Scan Use in Children Dropped Over Past Decade

Posted 24 Aug 2015 by

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 a deliberate push to increase awareness of the potential harms of ionizing radiation," said Parker, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. CT scans, or computed tomography, use ionizing radiation, like X-rays, to provide detailed views of internal organs, soft tissue and blood vessels. Ionizing radiation has been linked to an increased cancer risk. Neither MRIs nor ultrasounds involve radiation. MRIs use a large magnet to create images and have no known ... Read more

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