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.
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The dead man who was brought back to life wasn’t pleased.
If, God forbid, you come down with cancer, pray your case is handled in the same manner as Maria Shaffer’s.
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.
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.
As she finished the hot dog and Baby Ruth bar she was eating inside the convenience store, the rotund young mother made breakfast for her two little ones.
It isn’t easy to be an astute medical consumer.
It’s an opportunity.
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.
It’s happening increasingly in American life — men acting as caregivers.
He hadn’t even come into the world yet in the ’70s when the first test tube baby was born, when CAT scans were invented.
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.
Six years ago, as a result of a hepatitis outbreak at his clinics that caused more than 50,000 people to get tested for hepatitis and HIV, Dr. Dipak Desai was forced to give up his medical license.
A man named Carl Chamberlain left me an unsettling voice mail last week.
If Thelma French lived in Michigan instead of Las Vegas, chances are good she’d be facing five years in prison and a $50,000 fine for what she laughingly calls “renting my uterus.”
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.
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.
Connie Pope knows firsthand it’s not easy to ride on the back of a motorcycle when you’re about to give birth.
It’s a simple way to keep people healthier while also saving billions of dollars a year in health care spending.
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.
It’s as predictable as flu season itself.
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.
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.
The phone call from my teacher wife came in during the afternoon.
The abrupt and mysterious closure of KE Medical Group — an action that left 16,000 patients in a lurch, many who’ve been unable to get prescriptions refilled, treatments completed, appointments made, records transferred — has become even more mysterious.