Maybe, one good application of Telemedicine would be in the sharing of digital mammography images, so that any woman’s breast films could be checked by a radiologist who works at a cancer imaging center and specializes in breast imaging.…there’s every reason to think that the incidence of false positives in screening mammograms is going down and will drop further…
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If physicians’ potential profit motives cloud the mammography debate, as the authors contend, that doesn’t mean that mammography is ineffective. Rather it signifies that doctors and scientists should analyze data and make clinical decisions in the absence of financial or other conflicts of interest.
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“…like a gift with a ribbon around it” ? I’m not so sure about these lyrics. The featured song, “You Won’t Dance Alone” by a band called “The Best Day Ever,“
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What is comparative effectiveness research and why does it matter? The idea, basically, is to inform medical decisions with relevant data derived from well-designed clinical trials. This sort of research will provide the foundation for evidence-based medicine (EBM).
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I’d say the opposite is true: It’s precisely because there are effective treatments for early-stage disease that it’s worth finding breast cancer early. Otherwise, what would be the point? Metastatic breast cancer is quite costly to treat and, even with some available targeted therapies, remains
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A question central to today’s discussion – which does at least acknowledge the decline in breast cancer mortality – is the extent to which mammography is responsible for this trend, as opposed to other factors such as increased awareness about cancer, better cancer treatments and other variables.
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“This caught my interest because it doesn’t diminish physicians’ autonomy,” Blumenthal said. It just enables them to make decisions for their patients in the context of additional, current information. “The end goal is not to adopt technology, but to improve care.“
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Unabashedly, Sacks details his own mishaps in recognizing people he’s met and finding his way; it’s a life-long, inherited affliction that requires he remember individuals by things other than
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