Learn why double mastectomy has nearly tripled in the past 3 years in this medical report.
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This is Insidermedicine In 60. From Minnesota. The rate of double mastectomy has nearly tripled in the past 3 years. Due to the belief that this procedure may improve chances of surviving breast cancer, in addition to eliminating the need for regular mammograms and biopsies, an increasing number of women are opting for the removal of the healthy contralateral breast. Breast oncologists urge women to consider factors other than survival when considering a double mastectomy. From Atlanta. While there have been recent cases of MRSA reported in numerous high schools in the US, the superbug is not an epidemic. Although nearly 30% of Americans have Staph Aureus, only 1% have MRSA. The CDC recommends frequent hand washing, covering cuts and avoiding sharing nail clippers. As well, those participating in gym class should not share towels. From Washington. A clinical study has demonstrated that the Everolimus drug-eluting stent is associated with a lower number of major adverse coronary events when compared to the Taxus stent. The new stent lowered heart attacks by 43%. And finally from Philadelphia. Positive thinking may not help those with cancer live longer. A study of over 1,000 patients with head and neck cancer failed to show any benefit in terms of survival when those with positive emotional well-being were compared to those with negative emotions. It is important to remember that being positive may have other benefits besides an effect on survival. For Insidermedicine in 60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.