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Doctors Need Be Honest with Smokers - Lung Cancer Screening Saves Lives.

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Under medical guidelines first introduced in 2012, physicians are supposed to discuss lung cancer screening in long-term smokers and ex-smokers. Unfortunately, less than 10% of doctors talk about screening with long-term smokers today. The low rate of patient-reported physician patient discussions is caused by negative attitudes among physicians about lung cancer screening and misunderstanding the information about its benefits for individual smokers.

Avoiding Acute Stroke - A Physician-Patient Shared Responsibility

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Ischemic stroke occurs when blood stops flowing to part of your brain and cells begin to die. Depending on what area of the brain is affected, one can experience a loss of movement, speech, understanding and, if extensive enough, death. A patient's lifestyle choices and proper physician management can avoid many strokes and minimize the impact of those that do occur. When patients fail to modify risk factors and physicians fail to provide necessary care, a stroke can strike at any time. Here are some things you should know:

Continuity of Care Makes a Difference

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Increased continuity of care lowers patient mortality according to a study published in BMJ Open, a peer-reviewed medical journal. Patients across all demographics had lower mortality when continued care was provided by the same primary care physician or specialist. Even though medicine has undergone substantial advances in the use of technology to detect and treat disease, the physician patient relationship  remains important. Continuity of care means more that just patient satisfaction - it provides benefits that save lives.

Signs of a Strong Personal Injury Claim

Pursuing damages for a personal injury can feel like a leap of faith. Although an attorney can advise you surrounding your case and what they believe the outcome to be, there are no guarantees. However, sometimes, the risk is worth the reward, especially if an attorney can help you obtain the outcome you are looking for. Knowing when the elements of a strong personal injury case may be helpful in understanding what an attorney may be looking for when taking on a case. In most cases, attorneys are incredibly motivated to obtain your desired outcome because in many situations, if you don't get paid, neither do they.

Common Types of Personal Injuries

Injuries are a common, everyday occurrence. Although they range in severity, when someone's negligent behavior was the cause for the injury, it may make sense to pursue a personal injury claim. Some of the most common types of personal injury claims include:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Slip and Falls
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Product Liability

If you were injured and sustained damages as a result, it may be in your best interest to pursue a personal injury claim.

Lung Cancer Screening Rates Still Abysmally Low

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Despite lung cancer screening guidelines for smokers being issued in 2013, the rate of lung cancer screening is abysmally low with only about 3% of eligible smokers undergoing low-dose CT lung cancer screening. The USPTFS guidelines are for long term smokers with a 30-pack year history or more of smoking who are between 55 and 80 years of age. Many early lung cancers detected on screening exams can be treated with an 85% cure rate, yet most cancers today are still diagnosed at a late stage with minimal survival. There are approximately 7 million smokers eligible for screening, but only 210,000 are being screened annually as recommended. Under the USPFS guidelines, 12,000 deaths could be avoided each year with screening. With expanded risk-based guidelines, another 5,000 lung cancer deaths could be avoided. Unfortunately, most long-term smokers are not made aware of and do not receive life-saving screening.

Smokers Need Lung Cancer Screening

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Public health warnings have been effective in getting more Americans to stop smoking cigarettes, but lung cancer still kills more Americans than any other cancer. The percentage of Americans who smoke has decreased by half over about the last 30 years, from 30% in 1980 to 15% in 2012, but there are still over 150,000 deaths a year. Most cancers are still diagnosed at an advanced stage today. In the long run, quitting smoking will reduce lung cancer deaths 20 years from now; however, in the short run, it's not enough because most lung cancer deaths occur in ex-smokers who remain at risk even after they stop. Smokers need screening for lung cancer annually for 15 years after quitting.

Personalized Medicine for Screening Mammograms

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Thumbnail image for images (1).jpgA woman's decision about when to start breast cancer screening mammograms should be a matter of personal choice, not association guidelines. A recent study in Cancer looked at the differences in likely outcomes of various breast cancer screening guidelines. Screening mammography recommendations for early detection of breast cancer still differ between medical associations that advocate annual breast cancer screening starting at age 40, the American College of Radiology and the American Cancer Society, and others that recommend starting biennial screening starting at 50, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force and the American Academy of Family Practice. The screening recommendation a woman receives unfortunately depends on who is giving it rather than the patient. This study provides information that a woman should know when deciding which breast cancer screening strategy is right for her:

Flu Vaccines - Important for Health but Not Without Risk

As fall approaches, flu vaccines are being administered to young and old to avoid the seasonal flu which comes every year. People need to know that although vaccines have eradicated many diseases, they are not without risk. While most will receive their flu vaccine without event, there are those rare occasions where individuals may suffer serious injuries associated with the vaccine. In 1986 Congress enacted the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Act. It is now called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Act (the Program), because it covers adults as well as children to compensate those who suffer serious injuries following the receipt of vaccines as part of preventive care. The flu vaccine is one of the vaccines covered under the program.

Steroid Injections for Osteoarthritis in Knees Don't Work

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A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that intra-articular injections of the corticosteroid, triamcinolone, over 2 years did not decrease knee pain from osteoarthritis any more than injecting saline. In fact, injecting corticosteroid into the knee causes significant cartilage loss. 

Steroid Injections for Osteoarthritis in Knees Don't Work

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A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that intra-articular injections of the corticosteroid, triamcinolone, over 2 years did not decrease knee pain from osteoarthritis any more than injecting saline. In fact, injecting corticosteroid into the knee causes significant cartilage loss. 

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