New & Noteworthy


August 12, 2013

The rate of inappropriate cancer scans for low-risk prostate cancer patients in Sweden plummeted in the decade following a joint campaign to curtail such tests. The results suggest that curtailing unneeded medical tests, an urgent health care policy goal in the United States, is achievable. According to lead author Danil V. Makarov, MD, extensive cancer scans checking for metastases are discouraged for patients who have low-grade, slow-growing prostate tumors, which have almost no risk for metastasis.


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August 08, 2013

With physicians facing increasing demands on their time, it can be extremely difficult to prioritize which preventive care methods should be used for their patients. Now, two researchers at NYU Langone have developed a mathematical model that will save time, lead to enhanced care, and potentially save lives. Glen Taksler, PhD, and Scott Braithwaite, MD, are mentioned.


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August 06, 2013

Joseph Ladapo, MD, PhD, comments on a study that postulates that the lack of scientific research on firearms may be an unintended consequence of Congress’ 1996 appropriation bill, which prohibited the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention from using “funds made available for injury prevention…to advocate or promote gun control.”


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August 06, 2013

Personalized prioritization for health services and screenings may optimize gains in life expectancy, researchers suggested. Disease screening, health recommendations, and risk-reduction counseling based on individual patient characteristics could result in more robust gains in life expectancy than the practices currently in place, according to Glen B. Taksler, PhD, and colleagues.


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July 25, 2013

The rate of inappropriate cancer scans for low-risk prostate cancer patients in Sweden plummeted in the decade following a joint campaign to curtail such tests by Swedish County Councils and the National Prostate Cancer Register (NPCR) of Sweden, a professional association of Swedish urologists. The results, published today online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, suggest that curtailing unneeded medical tests, an urgent healthcare policy goal in the United States highlighted in the Choosing Wisely Campaign, among other initiatives, is achievable. Lead author Danil V. Makarov, MD, and co-author Stacy Loeb, MD, are quoted.


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