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Biennial Mammograms are Sufficient to Screen for Breast Cancer

submitted by: admin on 06/18/2016
  According to researchers at the University of California Medical Center, and published in the March issue of Internal Medicine, screening for breast cancer every two years is preferrable to yearly screens when doing mammograms. This was based on a study of 900,000 women. It appears that this applies to women from the age of 50-94. Mammograms picked...

Breast Cancer and MRIs

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
MRIs overdiagnose cancer but are too sensitive to be used as a primary screening tool, however, they are useful in assessing the extent of a cancer, once it is identified. They are costly but do not have radiation.      

Breast Cancer Before Age 40

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Preventing breast cancer is best. Mammograms for early detection in women under 40 is very poor. They under & over diagnose far too often as do ultrasounds and MRIs. Breast thermography is far better.          

Breast Cancer Risks and Detection

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Dr. Len and Nurse Vicki review factors that increase risk for and methods of screening for breast cancer. They cover mammograms, ultrasounds, manual examination, MRIs, and breast thermography.    

Breast Cancer Screening in High Risk Patients

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Different screening technologies are appropriate depending on your risk for developing breast cancer and situation. The pluses and minuses of mammograms, MRIs, and breast thermography for breast cancer screening are compared.      

Breast Imaging for Pain is Not Useful

submitted by: admin on 06/25/2016
  Women witlh breast pain who receive imaging as part of their evaluation undergo additional testing with mammograms, ultrasounds, and MRIs are often biopsied. However, they do not benefit according to a Boston University School of Medicine study published in March of 2012 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Pain is rarely a presenting symptom...

Breast Thermography

submitted by: admin on 12/08/2013
We don't have a good test in mainstream medicine for breast cancer detection in premenopausal women. Breast thermography's history, method of action, and proficiency in screening for cancer is discussed.          

Can Giving Improve Your Health?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  The act of giving not only feels good but is good for your biochemistry, physiology, overall health and longevity! How much of this is related to the feel good hormone, oxytocin, and how much is related to doing a good deed? Giving oxytocin to people leads to their being more giving and feeling happier. Studies on volunteers over 30 years show...

Congestive Heart Failure

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
Congestive heart failure develops if there is sufficient death of heart muscle (myocardial infarction) and subsequent inability of the remaining normal heart tissue to pump enough blood to the body. Tissues that die obviously cannot contract, but there are also areas around the infarction, called the peri-infacrtion area, that are in shock and may not be...

Diet Soda Addiction

submitted by: admin on 01/17/2019
Can People become addicted to Diet Soda?  While controversial, research has shown that some people can become addicted to diet soda.  Using fMRI's, scientists can see that the aspartame affects the pleasure centers of the brain, much like sugar does. Some people will actually "chain drink" diet soda and can go through withdrawals when...

Do You Need a Brain Scan if You Have Headaches

submitted by: admin on 04/03/2014
According to an article out of the Univerity of Michigan Medical Center that was published in March of 2014 in the journal, Internal Medicine, we spend about a billion dollars a year for unnecessary brain scans (MRIs and CT scans) on people who have headaches. Their research showed that the incidence of brain tumors, brain aneurysms, and AV malformations...

Dreaming Heals Emotions

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
  Stress chemicals such as nor-epinephrine shut down and the brain processes emotional experiences during REM sleep according to new research coming out of UC Berkeley that is published in the journal, Current Biology. During REM sleep memories are reactivated, put in a perspective, and connected and integrated, but in a state when stress neurochemicals...

Ductal Carcinoma in situ: Cancer or Benign?

submitted by: admin on 01/17/2019
Between 30 and 50% of new breast cancer diagnoses are found on mammography screenings and are classified as ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS. Most of these "cancers" are not cancer at all. In fact about 97% are benign lesions that can be followed over time quite safely. Most cases of DCIS would be better off under-diagnosed and under-treated. Unfortunately,...

Epigenetics of Breast Cancer

submitted by: admin on 06/25/2016
  The Institute of Medicine (IOM) reviewed data about possible environmental risks for developing breast cancer. They felt that pesticides, beauty products, heousehold chemicals, and plastics might or might not be risk factors for breasts cancer. They did agree that medical x-rays were a clear risk for developing breast cancer. They recommended that...

False Positive MRIs and Breast Cancer

submitted by: admin on 01/17/2019
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How to Prevent Mass Murders

submitted by: admin on 10/02/2013
  Losing a child from a mass murder is incomprehensively horrendous. We are outraged every time there is a mass murder, but what do we do to prevent another? Not much. Gun control is understandably a complicated issue because we certainly don't want to have a dangerously deranged person who is capable of a mass murder to have a gun. Yet the second...

Infant Brains Benefit from Breastfeeding

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  The benefits of breastfeeding compared to infant formula was studied in 133 babies from 10 months to 4 years of age. Those fed with breast milk had much better brain development than those fed formula according to a June 2013 issue of the journal Neuroimage. There was a 20-30% greater development in language skills, emotional function, and cognition...

Is Breast Tomosynthesis Superior to Digital Mammograms

submitted by: admin on 12/09/2013
According to a paper presented at the December 2013 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, breast tomosynthesis (a limited CT scan of the breast) is a better test than the digital mammogram because it is a more sensitive test that finds breast cancers (22% more), is it associated with a lower recall rate because of false positive tests (15%fewer),...

Is Surgery the Best Treatment for Localized Prostate Cancer?

submitted by: admin on 06/30/2016
  For men with localized prostate cancer, surgery does not save lives and it has a much higher rate of complications such as impotence and incontenance. However, once a man knows he has prostate cancer, he has a powerful drive to get it out even if the data does not support this approach. The word, "cancer" scares us. We need much better...

MDs Over-Prescribe Tests They Profit From

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
  Financial reimbursement and ownership of medical testing equipment leads to over-prescribing of these tests. These types of conflict of interest extend to ownership of MRI and CT facilities, surgicenters, cardiac imaging equipment, laboratory services and much more. A recent article in JAMA documented that MDs over prescribe two types of cardiac stress...