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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.