January 31, 2013

Only 3 of 11 Recommended

1 Consumer Reports on Cancer Screening Tests

For the first time, Consumer Reports has evaluated and given ratings to eleven common cancer screening tests, and recommends just three of them, and only for selected age groups. Their positive ratings were bestowed on tests for cervical cancer in women aged 21 to 65, for colon cancer for both sexes aged 50 to 75, and for breast cancer in women aged 50 to 74. Screening tests that failed to earn a recommendation included those for bladder, prostate, lung, skin, pancreatic, testicular, oral and ovarian cancers. The tests were rated on efficacy and whether their benefits outweighed such possible complications as needless follow-up tests, treatments and biopsies. But experts caution that testing decisions should be made on an individual basis in consultation with one's doctor.

More at Abcnews.go.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Ovarian Cancer Screening May Not Save Lives

Tags: Cancer Screening Tests, Whether to Undergo Cancer Screening Tests, Consumer Reports on Cancer Tests, Rating the Cancer Screening Tests

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No Need to Wait

2 Diabetics Can Eat Right After Using Insulin

Type 2 diabetics are often advised to wait 20 to 30 minutes after taking insulin before they can eat. Now, a new study from Germany shows this is not necessary. The study of about 100 diabetics showed that blood sugar levels remained steady whether or not participants waited between using insulin and eating. About 87% of participants said they “significantly preferred” not having to wait between insulin use and meals. "It's a very promising result. It will lead to better adherence and satisfaction," says Dr. Aaron Cypess, Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston who was not involved in the study. However, warns Cypess, people should talk with their doctors before making any changes in their routine. He adds that people should not assume these results apply to people with type 1 diabetes.

More at NBCnews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Protein Can Determine Risk of Diabetes

Tags: Diabetes, Insulin, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Diabetes and Eating, Insulin and Eating, Dr. Aaron Cypess, Joslin Diabetes Center, Waiting Between Insulin Use and Eating

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Wait 15 Minutes to Feel Full

3 Small Portion of Snack Satisfies Like Larger

Have a small snack, then wait 15 minutes, suggest researchers who found that eating a small snack does just as much to satisfy cravings as larger snacks. Study participants who had large snack portions consumed 77 percent more calories compared to participants who ate small snack portions. However, both groups said that they had significantly lower snack cravings 15 minutes after eating. The research, which included more than 100 adults, was published in the journal Food, Quality and Preference.

More at WebMD | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: No Obese Kids Isolated from Childhood Bullying

Tags: Snacking Less, Snack Portion Sizes, Preventing Weight Gain, Food Quality and Preference, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

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Olivia Has Fairy Godmother?

4 Toddler Survives Pencil Deep Inside Brain

Olivia Smith, just 20 months old, has survived after a colored pencil entered five inches into her brain through her eye socket after a fall. The New Hampshire girl was flown to Boston Children's Hospital where doctors spent three hours slowly pulling the orange pencil out by hand, checking along the way for bleeding in the brain. Olivia didn't suffer bleeding, but she did have a mild stroke. She's expected to live a totally normal life with the exception of some slight weakness on her right side. Olivia's doctors are amazed that the pencil managed to avoid critical arteries and veins, as well as the optic nerve. Olivia could have easily been paralyzed, blinded, subjected to severe neurological damage, or killed. Instead, she made a speedy recovery and is showing no signs of trauma.

More at Today | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: New Huggies Ads Use "Poop"

Tags: Pencil Inside Eye, Strange Brain Injuries, Olivia Smith, Dangers Colored Pencils, Boston Children's Hospital

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