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FDA Halts Hip Manufacturers

In an unusual move, the Food and Drug Administration has ordered all producers of a popular category of artificial hip to undertake studies of the implants, which have been linked to high early failure rates and severe health effects in …

Colonoscopies too Frequent

LA Times writer Thomas H. Maugh II explores overuse of colonoscopy.  Authors of a cited study hint at financial incentive. Of note, no mention is made that guidelines have changed over the period studied.  Even if not evidence-based, older guidelines recommended …

Prophylactic Mastectomy Patients Satisfied with Decision

Preliminary data presented at the 2011 meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons found breast cancer survivors to be satisfied long-term in choosing contralateral mastectomy for the unaffected breast.
The surveyed group were Mayo Clinic patients with unilateral cancer and …

New Formula Predicts Survival in Colorectal Cancer

ACS Surgery News Update reports on a study of 63 patients with stage III colorectal cancer.  Tumor area and percentage of positive nodes were found relevant in predicting disease-free survival at five years.
Data were collected on patients between 2000 and …