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For An Extra Measure of Safety Ask Your Doctor About Proscar with “Active Surveillance”

Studies have shown that taking Avodart or Proscar lowers the risk of developing prostate cancer by as much as 23%.  These drugs inhibit the conversion of testosterone to its active metabolite, dihydrotestosterone. You may recall that Avodart is one of the drugs used to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). I am not a proponent of […]

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PSA Testing of Asymptomatic Men

PSA testing of asymptomatic men is very complicated. The results of a new clinical study of over 75, 000 men show that PSA testing may be more result in more harm than good. The clinical trial showed that PSA screening didn’t reduce deaths from prostate cancer. Despite this remarkable evidence, testing continues, as if these data […]

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Profit Drives Healthcare Costs and Decreases Overall Health

Our perverse profit-driven health care system which rewards procedures over health drives the biotech industry to produce more expensive less effective devices and drugs to support help drive the $$billions of unnecessary procedures and drugs ordered by physicians. Among these are the needless number of CAT scans, MRIs, angioplasties, hysterectomies, knee replacements, arthroscopic surgeries, etc. When we reimburse by […]

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Tell Me If This Sounds Familiar?

In Tuesday January 7 NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/06/health/06seco.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=should%20patients%20be%20told%20of%20better%20care%20elsewhere&st=cse) Denise Grady told us of a relative who needed complicated surgery to remove a cancerous growth. Her surgeon at a local community hospital told her that she would be left with no  sphincter control after the surgery which meant she would need a colostomy. After thinking about it, she decided to […]

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Second Opinion on MRI

Today, the NY Times reported that not all MRI’s are the same (“The Scan That Didn’t Scan”, Gina Kolata http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/14/health/14scan.html?scp=1&sq=the%20scan%20that%20didn’t%20scan&st=cse). Ms. Kolata reports that she and a colleague, James Glanz, suffered sports related injuries and were referred for MRIs. Both were negative. However, their pain didn’t go away and they sought second opinions. The second MRIs for both showed significant […]

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