May 22, 2012 |
The PSA test should be abandoned as a prostate cancer screening tool, a government advisory panel has concluded after determining that the side effects from needless biopsies and treatments hurt many more men than are potentially helped by early detection of cancers. At best, one life will be saved for every 1,000 men screened over a 10-year period, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. But 100 to 120 men will have suspicious results when there is no cancer, triggering biopsies that can carry complications such as pain, fever, bleeding, infection and hospitalization.
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September 28, 2001 |
As authorities investigate the potential use of fake identification in the recent terrorist attacks, a state audit released Thursday said the California Department of Motor Vehicles lacks the technology to use fingerprint matches to verify the identity of driver's license and identification card applicants. Without the technology, DMV officials are handicapped in their ability to guard against someone assuming the identity of another person whose fingerprints already are on file.
February 24, 2008 |
2Amid the tumult of the delivery room, Rohit and Geeta Jain were calm about one thing: Their new baby was sure to be a boy. Six months earlier, the Jains had spent more than $300 for a test that screened a minute quantity of Geeta's blood for traces of male DNA. The testing company said it was 95% accurate in determining the sex of a baby, even as early as the eighth week of pregnancy. After six hours in the delivery room, Rohit gaped as his wife gave birth to a daughter.
November 30, 2012 |
The Black Box By Michael Connelly Little, Brown: 400 pp.; $27.99 Few crime writers are as prolific or as successful as Michael Connelly. A former Los Angeles Times reporter, Connelly has penned 25 novels over the past two decades, which have sold more than 40 million copies and garnered major crime writing awards in the U.S., France and Italy. And while he has made notable forays into stand-alone and serial thrillers, Connelly's fictional universe centers on Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch, who made a memorable debut 20 years ago in 1992's Edgar-award winning "The Black Echo" as a former Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide Division detective exiled to investigating murders for the department's Hollywood Division.
September 23, 2001 |
As 19 hijackers made their way along the concourses at three East Coast airports on Sept. 11, bent on executing the deadliest terrorist attack in history, they were subjecting the U.S. aviation security system to its most critical test. At almost every step along the way, the system posed no challenge to the terrorists--not to their ability to purchase tickets, to pass security checkpoints while carrying knives and cutting implements nor to board aircraft.
October 11, 2010 |
Heavy metals can show up just about anywhere. We have arsenic in our streams, lead in our air and mercury in our tuna sandwiches. But in these health-conscious times, many of us wonder about a more pressing issue: How much of this stuff is in our bodies? Doctors rely on blood or urine tests to check for heavy metals in their patients. But many people who wonder about their personal toxic payload have decided to skip the doctor's visit. Instead, they're reaching for their scissors.
March 20, 2013 |
U.S. schoolchildren are being diagnosed with some form of autism at a record rate of 1 in 50, according to a new government study. That rate of 2% is based on a survey involving tens of thousands of children between the ages of 6 and 17. A similar survey in 2007 found a rate of 1.2%. Though the increase is likely to fuel speculation that an expanding environmental threat is behind the rise in autism cases, the authors said their report did not support that view. Rather, better detection appears to be driving the surge, according to the researchers, from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services.
November 27, 2008 |
Noninvasive CT scans are nearly as accurate at imaging coronary artery blockages as conventional angiography and are much safer for many patients, according to researchers who published a study today in the New England Journal of Medicine. Angiograms are considered the gold standard for detecting blockages in the arteries.
April 4, 1993 |
Does the bottom of your swimming pool feel pitted and rough, scratching the feet of unwary swimmers? Does keeping your pool full mean running the water day and night? Has your pool plaster suddenly turned a bizarre new color?
November 29, 2009 |
In June of 1991, I found a lump in my left breast. I found it in the shower while performing a self-examination of my breasts, following the instructions on the little plastic card that hung from the shower rod. The lump was easy to find. It hurt. I called our family physician. "Thank God," he said. "If it hurts, it can't be breast cancer." I didn't know this was a myth and, obviously, neither did my doctor. Nor did I know that many, many women find their own breast cancers.