Here is a recap of some stories of interest in the field of health:
June 7: Overtreated: More Medical Care Isn’t Always Better
Associated Press: Anywhere from one-fifth to nearly one-third of the tests and treatments we get are estimated to be unnecessary, and avoidable care is costly in more ways than the bill: It may lead to dangerous side effects.
June 7: Study: Radiation Boosts Prostate Cancer Survival
Associated Press: Doctors are reporting a key advance in treating men with cancer that has started to spread beyond the prostate: survival is significantly better if radiation is added to standard hormone treatments.
Results of the study were given last Sunday at a cancer conference, where other research showed that an experimental drug boosted survival for women with very advanced breast cancer. The drug is being reviewed by the federal Food and Drug Administration.
June 7: Meat, Fish Protein Linked to Women’s BowelDisease
Reuters: Eating lots of animal protein appears to increase women’s risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a new study from France.
June 8: Cheap Gout Drug Proves Useful for Heart Pain, Study Finds
Reuters: A drug used for more than 40 years to treat gout could also offer a cheap alternative to more modern heart drugs from Roche and Servier for patients with chronic chest pain, scientists said on Tuesday.
Researchers from the University of Dundee said that studies on allopurinol, a generic gout drug, showed it helped people suffering from angina to exercise more and delayed the time until their chest pain started.
June 9: Infection Control Becoming a Serious Problem at Surgery Centers
Associated Press: A new federal study finds many same-day surgery centers – where patients get such things as foot operations and pain injections – have serious problems with infection control.
Failure to wash hands, wear gloves and clean blood glucose meters were among the reported breaches. Clinics reused devices meant for one person or dipped into single-dose medicine vials for multiple patients.
June 9: Cancer Wins May Be Bigger Than They Seem
Associated Press: Doctors reported gains against nearly every form of cancer at a conference that ended this week…Some of the victories reported this week against breast and prostate cancer, leukemia and the deadly skin cancer called melanoma may be larger than they appear.
June 10: Scientists Find Autism Has Complex Genetic Roots
Reuters: The world’s largest genetic scan of people with autism in their families has found that many patients have their own unique pattern of genetic mutations, not necessarily inherited.
The findings published in the journal Nature help confirm the strong role that genes play in autism, and also suggest that small genetic disruptions may begin in the parents’ eggs and sperm.
June 11: FDA: Novartis MS Drug safe, Effective
Associated Press: Federal health experts said Thursday a first-of-a-kind multiple sclerosis drug from Novartis is safe and effective for controlling tremors and other symptoms of the debilitating disease.
Despite strong support for approval, the panelists said the drug’s side effects would require screening to make sure patients are healthy enough for treatment.
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