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The End Game - Eliminating Tuberculosis In America

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 09.27.2016 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

While TB no longer takes the toll on Americans that it once did, until the disease is eliminated, it still holds the potential to seriously impact thousands of lives and total millions or even billions in healthcare and societal costs over time.

Here's How U.S. Mammogram Guidelines Are Changing

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.12.2016 | Healthy Living

When should you consider getting screened for breast cancer? The answer depends on who you ask. New breast cancer screening guidelines from the U.S. P...

Jonathan Cohn

Sandra Lee Wants Young Women To Get Mammograms. Should They? | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

Sandra Lee, the celebrity chef and author, announced Tuesday that she has breast cancer. She did so during a tearful, emotionally powerful interview o...

I Still Recommend Screening Mammograms Annually Starting at Age 40

Victoria Dooley, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Victoria Dooley, M.D.

With the USPSTF's recommendations getting all of the press lately, it is important to know that many professionals still do recommend that screening mammograms start at age 40 and should be performed every year. This is what I recommend in my practice.

USPSTF Draft Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Don't Go Far Enough

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Karuna Jaggar

Anyone who has followed the so-called "breast cancer screening controversy" knows that the disagreements about whether and when healthy women should get a mammogram are more political than scientific.

Mammography Should Not Wait Until 50

Lindsay Avner | Posted 06.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Lindsay Avner

In response to the recent United States Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation that restates prior guidelines for all women to receive ma...

Examining The Annual Exam

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In last week's New York Times, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel suggested that this year's resolution might be to abandon the ritual of your annual physical. The title of his column, perhaps chosen by an editor to maximize glibness and thus provocation was: "Skip your annual physical." But permit me to suggest you don't commit to that just yet. The annual physical exam warrants some more examination, a defense to follow its prosecution.

The Mammography Muddle

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.27.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Mammography specifically, and cancer screening in general, is often something of a muddle. We should acknowledge the trade-offs, work toward better screening methods, and in the interim -- muddle through.

Vitamin D Doesn't Prevent Osteoporosis In Healthy Women, Task Force Says

Posted 06.14.2012 | Healthy Living

Reversing decades of commonly accepted medical advice, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a recommendation on Tuesday that healthy post-...

The Prostate Screening Predicament: What's a Guy to Do?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.29.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The USPSTF has moved on from ambivalence about prostate cancer screening with the PSA test, and inveighed decisively against it -- a recommendation that is apt to stoke the flames of competing passions, and generate a whole lot of heat but altogether too little light.

Prostate Cancer Screening: More Trouble Than It's Worth?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Please stop asking whether or not men have prostate cancer by using this test, in other words, because it is tantamount to asking for trouble.

The Problem Isn't the Recommendation, It's How We React to It.

Aaron E. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron E. Carroll

Mammograms weren't outlawed. They weren't taken away. No one's insurance stopped covering them. It's just a recommendation.

Mammography Debate: Even Physicians Can Get Emotional About Science

Craig Bowron | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Craig Bowron

Politicians are incapable of giving the public any bad news, and the insurance and health care industries care about profits. That leaves physicians and scientists to lead us through health care reform.

The Uproar Over New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Barbara Ehrenreich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ehrenreich

In the post-feminist United States, issues like rape, domestic violence, and unwanted pregnancy seem to be too edgy for much public discussion, but breast cancer is all apple pie.