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HIV and ID doctors oppose ideologically driven STI prevention policies

HIV and infectious disease experts are urging the federal government to stop funding unproven strategies, like abstinence-only sexual health education, to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STI). ...... The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) say these programs must be replaced with STI prevention policies that are based on sound science, n...

Mountaineering doctors hike medicine to new heights with Xtreme Everest

Doctors working at the edge of extreme are set to climb the world's tallest mountain to look death in the face and take its pulse. The medical research team will make the first ever measurements of blood oxygen in the 'death zone', at altitudes above 8,000 metres where the human body has struggled - and frequently failed - to survive. ...... The Centre for Aviation, Space and Extreme Environment...

Doctor suggested cannabis for pain relief, says one in six medicinal users in the UKMUHC study

Sixteen per cent of people who use cannabis for medical reasons say that their doctor suggested it, according to research published in the March issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice....... 947 people in the UK reported using cannabis for medical purposes, with more than a third (35 per cent) saying that they used it six or seven days a week. The majority (68 per cent) sai...

Simple question from your doctor can help identify your risk for breast cancer

March 8, 2005 Having your doctor ask you about your family breast health history can greatly increase the chances of identifying your risk for breast cancer. In a recent study published in the , researchers found that only 26% out of 1700 women in the Greater Boston area had documentation of their family history of breast cancer. Further data showed that minority women were significantly less...

Honorary doctors, 2005

This year's honorary doctors at Karolinska Institutet are Nelson Mandela, Sir Richard Doll, Margaretha Wallenius-Kleberg and Professor Reijo Vihko. Honorary doctorates are conferred to individuals in recognition of their contribution to the educational, business or research activities conducted at the university....... ...Nelson Mandela for his unique efforts in the fight against the global HIV/A...

Acting techniques may help doctors empathize with their patients

Business scholars for more than 20 years have explored the concept of 'emotional labor,' or the management of emotions to present a certain image in service workers. Now, researchers from the University of Washington Business School and Group Health Cooperative have teamed up to explore how the concept can be applied to the medical profession. ......"We propose that the emotional labor of physici...

Elderly receiving inappropriate prescriptions from their doctor's office

New York, NY - A large review of data linked to over 175,000 older adults enrolled in HMOs indicates that potentially inappropriate medications are being prescribed in substantial numbers. The findings are published in the February . ...... In 2000-01, according to researchers, more than 28% of elderly individuals received at least one of 33 medications deemed potentially inappropriate by medica...

Cancer doctors could benefit from training in communication skills

N.B. Please note that if you outside North America the embargo date for Lancet press material is 0001 hours UK time Friday 22 February 2002.... ...Senior doctors working in cancer medicine could benefit from intensive communication-skills training to assist the often complex and distressing issues surrounding cancer care, conclude authors of a UK study in this weeks issue of THE LANCET. ......Do...

Other highlights in the October 15 issue of JNCI

...A new study confirms previous findings that hair color, number of moles on the legs, and history of sunburn are risk factors for malignant melanoma. The study also found that the use of sunbeds and other tanning devices is associated with an increased risk of the disease. Marit Veierd, Ph.D., of the University of Oslo in Norway, and colleagues surveyed 106,379 Norwegian and Swedish women betw...

Long distance medical tracking of Mt. Everest climbers could be used by doctors in monitoring patients

. The same technology used to monitor the vital signs of climbers ascending Mt. Everest also could be utilized by physicians to keep watch over patients when the patients are home, according to a study by a Yale researcher and collaborators.. ."The mountain served as an extreme testing ground for telemedicine," said Richard Satava, M.D., professor of surgery and gastroenterology at Yale School o...

Older doctors less likely to follow current standards of care

BOSTON, MA-HMS researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine that older physicians may be less likely to deliver currently accepted standards care. The study's findings show that the number of years a doctor has been in practice may decrease the likelihood of the doctor providing technically appropriate care....... "The results are paradoxical since it is generally assumed that clinical e...

Overseas junior doctors warned to expect unemployment in the UK

So many junior overseas doctors are struggling to get jobs in the United Kingdom that they are now being warned to be prepared for long periods of unemployment, writes Peter Trewby, of the Royal College of Physicians in this week's BMJ Career Focus....... The move follows a recent survey by the College working group on international medical graduates showing that junior doctors from outside the E...

UT Southwestern doctors track Oklahoma Alzheimer's patients via telemedicine

DALLAS Feb. 10, 2005 Checking on Alzheimer's patients miles away is now as close as a simple satellite linkup.... Doctors in UT Southwestern Medical Center's Alzheimer's Disease Center are using telemedicine for follow-up appointments with patients in the Choctaw Nation, an American Indian population in southeastern Oklahoma. The Alzheimer's Disease Center is the only one in the country studyin...

Doctors need to prepare for blood shortages now

Doctors need to prepare for shortages in the supply of blood for transfusion, warns an expert in this week's .... ...Dr Adrian Copplestone outlines how changes that might reduce the supply of blood are afoot and are going to affect all clinicians who use blood and blood products.... ...Restrictions following a second possible case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) transmitted by trans...

Women's heart risk underestimated by doctors, resulting in less preventive care than in men

NEW YORK CITY, Feb. 1 Women are less likely than men to receive recommendations from their doctors for preventive therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin therapy and cardiac rehabilitation to protect them against heart attacks and death, according to a study published in today's issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. ... The treatment gap is the result o...

Annual mammogram, doctor visits are enough for breast cancer follow-up

Annual mammograms and doctor visits are the best follow-up strategy for women who have been treated for early stage breast cancer, according to a new review of recent research. 1...... The report suggests that more intensive lab tests like liver scans and molecular tumor markers do not improve the chances of detecting a recurrence of cancer or increase survival rates among former breast cancer pa...

Doctor report cards not always clear when comparing quality of care

When choosing a doctor based on increasingly popular "doctor report cards," patients should be aware that the areas in which physicians are graded are not always clear-cut, according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and School of Medicine. They examined the usefulness of quality indicators for asthma specialists; that is, individual aspects of patient care t...

If you suffer from pain, your doctor should consider it a disease

Chronic and recurrent pain is a disease, not just a symptom, according to the European Federation of IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain) Chapters (EFIC). They recently presented a declaration prompting the classification of chronic and recurrent pain as a disease in its own right....... In an editorial published in the journal, Pain Practice, authors David Niv, M.D. and Marshal...

RelayHealth selected by Columbia University to link doctors and patients online

New York, NY and Emeryville, CA, January 11, 2005 -- RelayHealth Corporation, the nation's premier provider of reimbursed online doctor-patient communication services, today announced a three-year licensing agreement with CPPN the physician/provider managed care organization of Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan....... Starting in January, the more than 1,100 CPPN physicians and othe...

'Temp doctors' choose career for flexibility, easier lifestyle

But the use of temporary staff doctors appears to be a growing trend, and a new study suggests many doctors are choosing short-term assignments because they don't want to work full-time or because they are seeking a more flexible schedule....... "The most striking finding was this emphasis on a more controllable work schedule and flexibility, especially among women physicians," said Angelo Alonzo...

Health report-card fears make doctors forgo potential life-saving heart treatment

Nearly 80 percent of interventional cardiologists in New York State admit they have avoided performing a risky but potentially life-saving angioplasty on a patient, out of fear that if the patient dies it skews the doctor's personal mortality "report card," according to a University of Rochester survey.... ...The anonymous poll was designed to measure whether the state Department of Health's syst...

Doctors must consider potentially inappropriate medications when treating elderly

Just as our bodies physically slow down as we age, changes occur in the way that older bodies handle pharmaceuticals, and prescribing physicians need to be aware of those medications inappropriate for the elderly. ... "With age, drugs tend to build up in the body, and the distribution and elimination of drugs from the body changes as well," says Dr. Donna M. Fick, R.N., associate professor of nur...

Good parent-doctor relationships may improve the advice parents receive

Parents whose children are at risk for child abuse and neglect may be reluctant to follow injury and illness prevention advice from pediatricians with whom they don't have a good working relationship, say researchers at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, the Johns Burns University of Hawaii School of Medicine, and the Hawaii State Health Department. ...... "While it may seem basic, this practic...

Race may be factor in doctor-patient communication style

Race appears to be a factor in how doctors communicate with their patients, according to a new study of primary care visits conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and School of Medicine. They found that doctors were less likely to actively engage their black patients in conversation when compared to the conversations they had with their white patients. Thi...

Updated press release to October 2004 Cochrane Review

The Cochrane Collaboration wishes to report that the review 'Interactive Health Communication Applications for people with chronic disease' (1) has been found to contain errors. The review originally determined that, among other findings, chronically ill people using interactive programmes had worse clinical outcomes than those who did not. Regrettably, errors in data analysis meant that these...

Computer program helps doctors diagnose lung cancer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Not all masses are cancer. When a person undergoes a scan to identify a lump or nodule, the radiologist looks at the texture, the borders and the shape to determine if it is malignant or just a benign growth....... Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center are developing computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) methods to make that assessment easier. A comput...

Smacking legislation is unworkable for doctors

The recent Commons' decision not to outlaw the physical punishment of children means that the law will offer its most vulnerable citizens (children) less protection from assault than is offered to adults, says an editorial in this week's BMJ....... Sarah Stewart-Brown, Professor of Public Health at Warwick Medical School, argues that smacking is at best ineffective and at worst leads to an escala...

Most seniors switch doctors only if forced

WASHINGTON -- Nearly nine out of ten seniors switch their primary care physicians because they are forced to not by choice. That's the finding of research published in the November edition of The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice....... Analyzing survey data from nearly 800 patients 65 and older, researchers found that 14 percent of seniors changed physicians in a single year. Of...

Doctors transplant ovary to woman's arm to preserve fertility

A new study finds surgery to transplant an ovary to the upper arm is feasible and preserves hormonal function in women undergoing treatment for cervical cancer. The report details the technical procedure and outcome of only the second successful human ovarian autotransplantation in the world. The study will be published in the December 15, 2004 issue of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the Amer...

Tip sheet for the October 26, 2004 Neurology

...Researchers in Minnesota report the effects in eight epilepsy patients when their health plans switched their medication from brand phenytoin to generic phenytoin, an antiepileptic drug. After the switch, the patients' seizures increased enough to require intervention. The study concluded that brand and generic phenytoin do not yield the same concentrations in some patients, and substitution...

Doctors can improve colorectal cancer screening rates

Women and Hispanics are less likely to undergo colorectal cancer (CRC) screening but improving their access to CRC screening may be as simple as educating doctors to make the recommendation and explain its impact to patients, according to a new study. The study will be published in the December 1, 2004 issue of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. A free abstract of thi...

Cedars-Sinai October 2004 medical tipsheet

...Women who are expecting a baby should be considered high priority during this season when the Flu vaccine is in short supply, and should seek an influenza vaccine as soon as possible. Influenza vaccines do not have adverse effects on fetuses, and they have been shown to dramatically decrease health risks for mothers and their newborns, says Neil S. Silverman, M.D., a high-risk obstetrician wh...

Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for Oct. 19, 2004

...... A six-week study of 196 men with moderately severe symptoms of chronic prostate/chronic pelvic pain (CP/CPPS) found that neither of two commonly prescribed drugs, ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic, or tamsulosin, an a-receptor blocker, successfully relieved symptoms (Article, p. 581)....... CP/CPPS is a common disorder in men, characterized primarily by pain in the pelvic region and sometimes...

Cancer patients in Europe unite with doctors

Cancer patients and their doctors need to form an alliance to constantly improve the quality of cancer care on an individual, national and European level, speakers will say on 30-31 October 2004 at the European Society for Medical Oncology's (ESMO) Patient Seminar in Vienna, Austria.... ..."Patients need to make themselves heard on an international level," says Heinz Ludwig, Chairman of the ESMO...

American Thoracic Society Journal news tips for October 2004 (second issue)

...LARGE ASTHMA STUDY ACHIEVES STRINGENT CONTROL IN FORMERLY UNCONTROLLED PATIENTS ... ...A 1-year randomized, stratified double-blind parallel-group study of 3,416 patients with uncontrolled asthma showed that the stringent standard of total control was achieved by 41 percent of all patients from 3 separate study groups during at least 7 out of 8 consecutive assessment weeks over the year. The...

Mental incapacity among patients in medical wards more widespread than doctors realise

This release is also available in <a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/staticrel.php?view=LancetUus...">German. Doctors working in medical wards with acutely ill and predominantly elderly patients need to be more aware that mental incapacity among their patients-and therefore the inability to give informed consent about treatment-is a potentially widespread problem....... Although patients' mental...

Healthy foods choices highlighted during National Chemistry Week, Oct. 17-23

As the holiday season approaches, you might want to consider adding more cranberries, beans and canned corn to your menu, perhaps even tea. These are just a few of the many foods that researchers have found contribute to a healthy diet by fighting stroke, heart disease and cancer, among other diseases.... ...Making proper nutrition choices will be part of the overall theme of "Health and Wellness...

Doctors miss chances to provide diet, exercise counseling to patients at risk of heart disease

STANFORD, Calif. - Physicians are missing opportunities to counsel patients already at risk of developing heart disease about the health benefits of improved diet and exercise, according to research from the Stanford University School of Medicine....... ...In a study that tracked the results of physician office visits between 1992 and 2000, the researchers found that diet counseling was provided...

News briefs from the journal Chest, October 2004

... ...Children with siblings may be less likely to develop asthma than those without siblings, yet genetic and prenatal and postnatal factors may increase a child's risk for asthma. Canadian researchers followed 170,960 newborns to identify factors that may increase physician-diagnosed asthma in children from birth to age six. Of the newborns, 14.1 percent were seen for asthma,...

Oct. 14 Web cast: Reporter's Workshop -- Covering Vaccines & Immunizations

The National Partnership for Immunization invites you to an important discussion about the complex world of vaccines, especially timely with last week's news of the influenza vaccine shortage. To provide you with insights about reporting on this and other immunization stories, a panel of experts will discuss: ... ... ... ... Challenges of writing accurate stories agains...
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