An important new study out yesterday should lead to far fewer prostate biopsies.
First, some background. A lot more men will get prostate cancer than will die from it. On autopsy studies of men who die from other causes at age 70, about 40 percent have microscopic evidence of prostate cancer.
But only about 3 percent of men die from prostate cancer.Continue »
Joe Doss, CEO of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) and Stephanie Soechtig, Director and Producer of "Tapped, the Movie," will join @katiecouric today for a special look at the bottled water industry. While the industry has experienced rapid growth, so too has the debate: Has the commoditization of one of Earth's most precious resources spiraled out of control?
What is the impact of bottled water on the environment? Does the FDA have the bandwidth to oversee the billion-dollar industry? What is the risk consumers face from chemicals used in bottled plastic? On the flip side, what are the rights and responsibilities of the consumer? If most of the bottles can be recycled, why do so many end up in the trash?
The candid talk is part of LaPook's ongoing Doc Dot Com web show which airs every Thursday on CBSNews.com. Recent topics have included medical marijuana pros and cons, heart health and talking to your doctor about sex.
This past Friday, the Evening News staff got a potentially life-saving surprise: Katie and I brought out our inanimate friend, Annie (a first-aid mannequin), and demonstrated how to use a defibrillator. For those of you who don't know, that's the little electronic device you may have seen in airports or offices, also known as AEDs. We have them here at CBS News, but we realized that few of us would be comfortable using them if somebody collapsed. The main reason for our demo was to show that these defibrillators are incredibly simple to use. In fact, research has shown that - literally - a child can use them.
We demonstrated again later in the day for everyone to watch – and you can check out the video right here, below. Just click the monitor.
The New York Post's well-known history of clever headlines ("Headless Body in Topless Bar") has earned it a daily glance from many New Yorkers looking for the latest news – if not an occasional smile. But yesterday's headline, "TED IS DYING," provided neither. As a physician, I was deeply offended.
Even if the paper's editors turn out to be right, who are they to offer a medical prognosis? Do they know all the details of the case? Are they taking care of the senator? Even if they don't care about the feelings of the senator, his family, his friends, or any of the rest of us, there's no reporting in the article to justify the headline.
Yes, malignant glioma is a tough disease, and Sen. Ted Kennedy is in for the fight of his life. But there are patients with the disease who beat the odds and survive for more than ten years. No doctor has the right to take hope away from a patient. Who knows how Kennedy's cancer will respond to chemotherapy and radiation? We live in a time of new, exciting cancer treatments including targeted therapies that act in novel ways – for example, by depriving a cancer of nourishment by choking off its blood supply. Gene therapy, vaccines that stimulate a patient's own immune system to fight a cancer, and new forms of chemotherapy and radiation are all in active development.
Watch their full, Web-exclusive interview right here:
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