What if you could see your personal health records on-line?

Here in the USA — and in some other countries too — there is an ongoing debate about whether patients should have broad access to their personal health records (including things like laboratory results, physician notes, etc.). … READ MORE …

New technology, over-treatment (it ain’t just a prostate cancer issue), and PCORI

We are probably all aware that the “commercialization” of medicine in the past 30+ years — in association with the development of new technologies that may (or may not) actually improve outcomes for individual patients — has driven up medical costs. Many hospitals and doctors want to generate revenue (and profits); so do most developers of new drugs and devices. … READ MORE …

Nutrition and exercise guidance for cancer survivors

In an article just published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, the American Cancer Society has updated its guidance to cancer survivors about things like diet, exercise, and the use of dietary supplements in managing quality of life and survival during and after treatment for cancer. … READ MORE …

Risk for prostate cancer among active duty USAF personnel

A recent article in the Journal of Urology offers some insight into the risk for a diagnosis of prostate cancer in a large, relatively young cohort of men undergoing regular health checks in the period between 1991 and 2008. … READ MORE …

Health, life expectancy, and management choices for men with localized prostate cancer

When men are initially diagnosed with localized prostate cancer, they face numerous management options — including watchful waiting and active surveillance under appropriate circumstances. In general, physicians tend to recommend treatment if the patient’s reasonable life expectancy is 10 years or more. … READ MORE …

U.S. health care reform and prostate cancer — today and tomorrow

Neither The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink nor the vast majority of Americans really look at the recent health care reform controversy as “all good” or “all bad.” … READ MORE …

Calcium intake, health, and prostate cancer

Park et al. have just reported the results of the truly vast NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study, which included data from more than 490,000 older men and women (aged between 50 and 71 when the study started in the 1990s) over an average 7-year follow-up period. … READ MORE …