Tag: "routine" at medical news

National survey finds U.S. public enthusiastic about cancer screening

...oscopy. "Most American adults (87 percent) feel routine cancer screening is almost always a good idea," th...here will be a time when they will stop undergoing routine screening. A substantial proportion believe that an 80-year-old who chose not to be tested was irre...

Dependent older patients may cost hospitals more

...asking patients whether they could perform certain routine activities without requiring assistance two weeks before admission to the hospital and at the time of admission to the hospital. Patients were rated as dependent if they needed help with one or more of the following tasks: bathing, dressing, eating, ...

American Thoracic Society Journal news tips for December 2003 (second issue)

...odel to assess the potential cost-effectiveness of routine lower extremity Doppler ultrasound performed on patients with femoral catheters. (The femoral artery is the main artery in the thigh that runs down two-thirds of that leg portion before branching.) The researchers' model was designed to prevent pul...

Many parents, teens unaware of an 'optional' but valuable vaccine

...form parents and patients about the vaccine during routine adolescent visits. They also recommend that physical examination forms required for school, camp and sports activities include information about the vaccine and that school nurses and parent-teacher organizations disseminate information through the s...

Drug prolongs lives of chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients

...oms initially. Doctors usually diagnose it through routine blood tests; average age at diagnosis is 62. Early stage patients can live 10 years or more, but patients with more advanced disease may live only 18 months to three years. Rituximab is a monoclonal antibody that targets a protein known as CD2...

New computerized tool predicts chance of breast cancer's spread

...el lymph node metastases (frozen section analysis, routine analysis, or enhanced pathologic analysis); and the number of positive and negative sentinel lymph nodes. "There are many variables affecting the probability of additional lymph node metastasis, however, this nomogram represents the best prediction m...

Elderly men receiving excessive prostate cancer screening, study suggests

... ages 75 and older, despite general agreement that routine prostate cancer screening of men in this age range has little benefit, according to a study in the December 3 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute . The decision not to screen elderly men is based on several factors, including the ...

Wanted: people to test orgasmatron

... Carolina, stumbled on the idea while performing a routine pain-relief operation on a woman. During this procedure,two electrodes are inserted in the patient's spine and tiny pulses of electricity are applied. Patients are kept conscious throughout the operation so that they can say when they feel less pain....

Inconsistent guidelines lead to wide variation in chaperone use during Pap smears, U-M study finds

...t like them. I had never thought to ask." Now, for routine Pap smears, Rockwell forgoes the chaperone. She says most of the women she sees prefer it that way, especially if they are long-time patients who know her and her staff well. The study, which will be published in the Annals of Family Medicine, survey...

Warfarin effective for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation

...l practice. Our study adds further support for the routine use of anticoagulation for eligible patients with atrial fibrillation who are at moderate to high risk for stroke, particularly when well-organized management of anticoagulation can be provided," the researchers conclude. (JAMA. 2003;290:2685-2692. A...

Nov/Dec 2003 Annals of Family Medicine tip sheet

...er Pap smears per month were more likely to report routine use of a chaperone. Only 70 percent of physicians who performed more than 20 Pap smears per month reported using a chaperone compared with 81 percent of those who performed fewer than 20. The researchers also found that geographic location of a prac...

Physical activity key to maintaining independence say University of Pittsburgh researchers

...tudy to determine the effects of a regular walking routine on health. In 1985, 1995 and 1999 their physical activity levels were assessed through self-reporting and performance-based measures. Researchers found that women who were physically active on a regular basis during this 14-year time span had a notic...

IU Medical School, Merck take shot at vaccinating Kenyan kids

...orn in sub-Saharan Africa each year do not receive routine vaccinations to protect them from debilitating or deadly diseases. An ambitious venture of the Indiana University School of Medicine and pharmaceutical firm Merck & Co. seeks to reverse that trend in Kenya, where the School has had a strong presence ...

NIEHS and American Public Health Association sponsor program

...nvironments have fewer chances to stay fit through routine physical activity. "The built environment plays a significant role in chronic illnesses such as obesity, asthma and cardiovascular disease," said co-moderator Allen Dearry, Ph.D., director of NIEHS' Division of Research Coordination, Planning and ...

Tumor size predicts survival in patients with lung cancer

...rately assess and treat patients with lung cancer, routine CT [computed tomography] screening for the detection of lung cancer is controversial," said Richard S. Irwin, MD, FCCP, President of the American College of Chest Physicians. "This study reinforces the need for further investigation into the benefit...

Sleep apnea, depression linked in Stanford study

...terioration. They can also affect a person's daily routine and disrupt his or her familial, social and professional life. "This type of disorder increases a person's chances of feeling sleepy and irritable, having a dispute with a family member or colleague, or getting into a traffic accident," said Ohayon. ...

Summa Health System improves stroke care using ace model of care

...ndence and physical strength that can occur during routine hospitalization of older adults. The ACE Model's key components include comprehensive multidimensial assessment, functionally oriented patient-centered care, an interdisciplinary team that meets daily, a prepared environment that promotes functional...

Mayo Clinic researchers discover genetic syndrome linked to inherited birth disorder

...table diseases of a family's genome." He adds that routine chromosome analysis can easily miss this duplication. Use of FISH (fluorescent DNA) probes is required. This discovery also is important because it provides evidence for a class of new genetic errors known as "genomic arrangement" as a precondition l...

Drug improves brain structure in Alzheimer's patients

... were required to return at six-week intervals for routine physical examinations, laboratory assessments, a medication compliance check, adverse events monitoring and an MRI scan. Of the 67 participants who enrolled, 34 received donepezil and 33 were given placebo. Fifty-one patients (76 percent) completed t...

Lung cancer screening motivates smokers to quit

...g. The American Cancer Society doesn't recommend routine screenings for lung cancer, even among high-risk individuals. While screenings offer promise, studies haven't proven that they decrease the number of deaths from lung cancer, says James Jett, M.D., a Mayo Clinic pulmonary medicine specialist and an i...

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