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Cancer anxiety a factor in treatment

It was medical news that attracted readers around the world: A new study shows that more women who have developed cancer in one breast are opting for a preventive double mastectomy — even if the best scientific evidence shows they’re not at higher risk for getting the disease in the second breast.

Study hints at relief for painful realities

It is the leading reason people go to the doctor — and the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, reports it affects 100 million American adults, more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined.

Both safety extremes here in our hospitals

Two years ago, Johns Hopkins surgeon Marty Makary penned a Wall Street Journal piece, “How to Stop Hospitals from Killing Us,” which contained a paragraph that was at once sickening and a call to action.

Breaking bread, and end-of-life barriers

Civil rights, feminism, the anti-Vietnam War movement, gay rights, rights for the disabled. Given what’s happened in those areas during the six decades baby boomers have monopolized the nation’s cultural, political and economic landscape, it’s not surprising that many researchers characterize boomers, and that includes me, as positive social and political rabble-rousers.

Vickers latest celebrity activist

It had been a staple of medical journals and long covered in the health pages of newspapers: If a woman has either a defective BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, prophylactic surgery can decrease the average 65 percent risk of developing breast cancer to about 5 percent.

Blacks wary of medical research

You don’t have to be a psychologist to understand that there’s a good bit of emotional turmoil accompanying a decision by a cancer patient on whether to participate in the first in-human trial of an anti-cancer drug.

Hold message helped save a life

If you get into a shootout with a thug who’s already shot five other people, Fred Bedient learned it’s best to pump your first bullet into your attacker’s head to avoid getting hit yourself.

Clinical trials offer hope

Rosemary Rathbun and Lorrine Rodgers, grandmothers who were on death’s doorstep before they took part in the first in-human trial of a new antibody drug, told me they wanted to share their stories so other cancer patients would avail themselves of clinical studies that might save their lives.

Everyone should get health care

As Elizabeth Trujillo and I spoke late last year, I wondered how many more Americans would end up like her — unable to receive needed medical care until it was basically too late.

Good and bad in health care in 2013

When you live in Las Vegas and think about health care, it’s often too easy at the end of the year to find something negative to focus on — a hepatitis outbreak caused by medical professionals not following basic precautions, a TB outbreak caused for the same reason.