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Is Common MRI Contrast Dye Safe? What You Need to Know

Small amounts of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) can remain in the body for a long time. It also said that “it is not known how GBCAs may affect you long term” and emphasized that “studies have not found any harmful effects in patients with normal kidney function.”

Health News Scan 7/9/2019: Healthcare Myths, Triclosan and more

Health can be a finicky subject. So many times healthcare just seems logical — of course, a stronger pain reliever will work better to stop pain… but that’s not true. Of course it’s a good idea to use antibacterial soap to kill more germs… but that’s not true.  And why…

Pros and Cons of PSA Testing for Prostate Cancer

PSA testing for prostate cancer is controversial. Many say as a screening tool it’s inaccurate and mostly beside the point because of how slowly it most often grows. Others find value in it.

Panel Says Routine Prostate Cancer Screening Unnecessary for Most Men

Most men do not need to undergo routine testing for prostate cancer because the benefit of doing so is small and uncertain, and there are harms associated with the testing, according to an international panel. The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is the most widely used one to screen for prostate…

Does This Common Prostate Cancer Treatment Cause Dementia?

Even among cancer types, prostate cancer stands out as uniquely controversial. Screening for prostate cancer has been the subject of intense debate since the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) — the main government body that oversees cancer screening — recommended against it in 2012. Last month, they changed course…

Surgery For Early-Stage Prostate Cancer May Not Prolong Life

Men who discover they have early-stage, localized prostate cancer and have surgery to have the tumor removed as well as part of the prostate do not live much longer than men who choose to simply monitor the cancer and receive no treatment. In addition, about one-third of the men who…

Episode 21: Weighing the Risks & Benefits of the PSA Test for Prostate Cancer

Su Robotti: Hello, I’m Su Robotti and I’m the founder of MedShadow, and welcome to MedShadow TV This is– Jonathan Block: Jonathan Block. I’m the content manager here at MedShadow. SR: Today we’re going to talk about prostate cancer. Prostate cancer, of course, only affects men, and the United States…

Task Force Changes Mind on Routine Prostate Cancer Screenings

A federal task force now says that men between the ages of 55 and 69 should discuss with their physicians whether to get a blood test that screens for prostate cancer. The draft recommendationby the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is a change from their 2012 statement, when they…

Yoga Alleviates Side Effects of Radiation Therapy in Prostate Cancer Patients

For men undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer, doing yoga may be one way to alleviate side effects associated with the treatment. Researchers enrolled men that has been receiving between 6 and 9 weeks of radiation therapy for prostate cancer. They were divided into two groups, with one participating in…

Anxiety Over Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Can Lead to Overtreatment

Prostate cancer is not easy for anyone to deal with, but the anxiety over the diagnosis may lead many men to getting more treatment than is necessary. Men with low-risk prostate cancer may mistakenly choose more aggressive treatment, such as surgery, rather than keeping tabs on the cancer itself to…

Prostate Cancer Treatment May Increase Depression Risk

Developing depression is a side effect for some people who take a common therapy to treat prostate cancer. Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) uses either drugs or surgery to reduce the levels of androgen hormones, such as testosterone, in the body, which feed the growth of prostate cancer cells. A http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2016/04/07/JCO.2015.64.1969“>recent…