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Decision support tool boosts genetic testing knowledge in breast cancer patients

October 5, 2018

Genetic testing after a breast cancer diagnosis can offer clues to individualized treatment decisions for a patient and her treatment team.

But many patients aren’t aware it exists and could be missing out on that opportunity, according to a new study published in Cancer.

A team at...

Non-white elders in U.S. less likely to use low-vision devices

October 4, 2018

Older white people with very impaired eyesight are more likely to use low-vision devices that may improve independence, compared to elderly people in other racial and ethnic groups, a U.S. study suggests.

“Low vision” involves defects in the retina, optic nerve, brain or other part of the...

Medicare advantage plans shift their financial risk to doctors

October 8, 2018

Dr. Christopher Rao jumped out of his office chair. He’d just learned an elderly patient at high risk of falling was resisting his advice to go to an inpatient rehabilitation facility following a hip fracture.

He strode into the exam room where Priscilla Finamore was crying about having...

Doctors are encouraging 'breast self-awareness': What that means

October 8, 2018

If you’re anxious about performing a breast self-exam (BSE) or embarrassed about skipping it for months at a time, don’t beat yourself up. Major medical organizations no longer recommend BSE as a screening tool for early breast cancer detection in women who are at average risk of the disease....

Lung cancer will remain major health issue, despite falling rates

October 8, 2018

Smoking-related lung cancer rates are expected to drop dramatically over the next 50 years, but lung cancer will continue to be a significant health problem in the United States, says a University of Michigan researcher.

Under the most optimistic scenario, rates could drop by 81 percent,...

Study of nearly 41,000 women who almost died giving birth shows who’s most at risk

October 10, 2018

New mothers’ race and underlying health make a major difference in rates of life-threatening delivery-related conditions; findings could steer prevention efforts


Marijuana backers look for Midwest breakthrough in November

October 10, 2018

Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states.

Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously authorized medical...

1 in 6 older black people have been homeless at some point in their life, study finds

October 9, 2018

About 6 percent of baby boomers and 17 percent of African American baby boomers have been homeless at some point in their lives, according to the first national study in decades to look at lifetime homeless rates.

The study, released last month, suggests older black Americans are about...

Half of parents say their preschooler fears doctor’s visits

October 15, 2018

A trip to the pediatrician’s office can be a nerve-wracking experience for both children and their parents, especially when efforts to calm young patients down dominate the visit.

And half of parents of toddler and preschool-aged children can relate, saying their child is afraid of going...

Every older patient has a story. Medical students need to hear it.

October 12, 2018

Whatever the cluster of second-year students at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York expected to hear from an 82-year-old woman — this probably wasn’t it.

At first, Elizabeth Shepherd, one of several seniors invited to meet with future doctors in an anti-ageism program called “Introduction...