March 8, 2010

Less Radiation and Cheaper

1 Ultrasound Better than CTs for Female Pelvic Exams

Dr. Beryl Benecerraf, Harvard professor, in an online editorial in the March issue of the Journal of Ultrasound Medicine, questions the medical profession’s use of CT scans versus ultrasound when evaluating the female pelvis, writing that ultrasound involves less radiation exposure and is less expensive. “Ultrasound is the established modality of choice to evaluate the female pelvis, so why do patients with pelvic masses or pain get a CT scan? In my opinion, doing a CT scan first for female patients with lower abdominal pain is dangerous and wasteful, a drain of much-needed health care dollars,” writes Dr Benecerraf who adds, "It may be time for ultrasound to regain its rightful place in the evaluation of acute female pelvic and lower abdominal conditions ...” The debate continues.

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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Researchers Caution Care

2 Women Who Drink Moderately Gain Less Weight

Women of normal weight who drink lightly to moderately seem to gain less weight than non-drinkers according to recent research. In a 13-year study of 19,000 normal weight women, researchers found that those who completely abstained from drinking alcohol gained more weight than did their imbibing counterparts. In addition, women who drank between 15 to 30 grams of alcohol per day had a 30 percent lower chance of gaining weight than non-drinkers. However, due to the risk alcohol consumption carries with it, researchers caution that adverse effects must be weighed. "Further investigations are warranted to elucidate the role of alcohol intake and alcohol metabolism in energy balance and to identify behavioral, physiological and genetic factors that may modify the alcohol effects."

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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SSRIs Blamed

3 Anti-depressant Use Linked to Cataracts

A statistical relationship between the use of SSRIs and the incidence of cataracts has been shown by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and McGill University. Researchers, using a database of more than 200,000 people aged 65 and older, found that patients who take SSRIs were about 15 percent more likely to have cataracts than those who did not take them. Not all SSRIs were found to carry a risk however. While there appears to be no connection between developing cataracts and using Zoloft, Prozac or Celexa, Effexor carried a 34 percent higher risk as compared to a 51 percent higher risk with Luvox. Researchers also did not take smoking, a known risk factor for developing cataracts, into account when they tabulated the research.

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