Had a FIT lately?

Nauseated by the thought of a colonoscopy prep? Colorectal cancer screening is not for the weary. Good news! There’s a new method of screening (FIT) that doesn’t require the traditional quality time in the bathroom (or day off work). Continue reading

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Supplementing?

In the US, the use of dietary supplements has increased substantially during the past several decades. Approximately one-half of adults in 2000 were using supplements, and contributed to the annual sales of more than $20 billion. Despite the mounting evidence that shows the ineffectiveness of supplementation to prevent chronic diseases, the multivitamin and supplement industry continues to grow. And what if you knew they could be causing you harm? Continue reading

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Worldwide, it is estimated that 1% of people are infected with HIV.  In the United States, one in four people living with HIV are women.  Medical advances are enabling people with HIV/AIDS to live longer and fuller lives, but the threat of the virus is still very real.  Especially when nearly half of our children [high school students] are sexually active and 15% of those with four or more partners.

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Muddled Mammograms

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Confused about mammogram recommendations? It is not hard to understand why.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) states, “Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health,” as does the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG).

The United States Preventative Service Task Force (USPSTF) “recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74 years … [and] concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the additional benefits and harms of screening mammography in women 75 years or older.” The Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute (KPCMI) has similar recommendations.

The guideline for breast cancer screening can be a frustrating one for patients and a challenge for healthcare providers. Continue reading