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Breast implant problems can be stopped with conscientious doctors

January 22, 2012

This year began with a breast implant scandal. This one has brought back memories of the one early in my private practice. The current one involves the PIP-branded breast implants produced by the French company Poly Implant Prothese and rebranded by the Dutch company Rofil as Rofil M-implants breast implants. The first one involved silicone implants made by American companies including Dow Corning who no longer makes breast implants. The picture of 3 implants includes: top -- an old McGhan double lumen (silicone gel implant surrounded by a saline implant); bottom left – Dow Corning textured silicone implant; and bottom right – Dow Corning smooth silicone implant. Dow Corning has not made breast implants since approximately 1992.

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Does Burzynski movie buzz come at the worst time for the FDA?

December 27, 2011

Burzynski. To some the name evokes a sense of hope. But to others, the name conjures skepticism, even ridicule. For those who don’t know, Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski is a Texas...

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Reduction mammoplasty eases much more than physical discomfort

November 28, 2011

This article (full reference below) on the additional benefits an individual gains from having a reduction mammoplasty (RM) has been published online ahead of print.  The authors performed a systemic...

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How we’ve fought cancer so far: A brief summary

November 2, 2011

We’ve been fighting the war on cancer for forty years and although there has been a decrease in U.S. cancer deaths, the global burden of cancer has doubled over the...

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PSA test recommendation needed a little healthcare PR help

October 18, 2011

Last Friday at 3 p.m., the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality held a telephone briefing to inform the press and public about the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation...

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Catheter, breast cancer imaging companies receive fresh capital

October 17, 2011

A pair of Pennsylvania medical companies – one focused on cardiac catheterization and the other improving breast cancer imaging – have received fresh funding from the state’s economic development and...

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Five movies about breast cancer (with a dash of sentimentality)

October 17, 2011

I caught this movie last week flipping though channels looking for something to watch while I knitted. “Five” stars Patricia Clarkson, Rosario Dawson, Lyndsy Fonseca, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Holloway, Tony...

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Best outcome of PSA debate is more active, informed decision making

October 12, 2011

Much has and will be written on the new US Preventive Services Task Force (USPTF) recommendations against routine use of the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test in healthy men...

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Color-coating cancer to ‘change the paradigm’ for cancer surgery

October 3, 2011

Dr. Sunil Singhal is the director of the Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, a laboratory he started four years ago. ...

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Women at risk for genetic, BRCA breast cancer should be screened sooner

September 14, 2011

Somewhere along the line I learned to encourage women with a family history of breast cancer to begin getting mammograms at an age 10 years prior to when their mother...