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Will Boggs MD

Medication can lower some women's risk of breast cancer

Sep 03 2019

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with a high risk of developing breast cancer can lower that risk by taking certain medications, according to updated recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

Hospitals treat patients without admitting them, to avoid penalties

Aug 22 2019

(Reuters Health) - Hospitals appear to be treating Medicare patients in emergency departments (EDs) and observation areas to avoid readmissions and the financial penalties associated with them, according to a new U.S. study.

Expert panel updates advice on BRCA cancer gene screening

Aug 20 2019

(Reuters Health) - Mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are associated with increased risks for breast, ovarian, and other cancers, but only certain women stand to benefit from genetic testing, according to updated recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

African Americans need 24-hour blood pressure checks

Aug 19 2019

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Measuring blood pressure outside the clinic using 24-hour monitoring equipment is important for identifying and managing hypertension in African-Americans, a new study shows.

Cirrhosis, cancer risks higher with fatty liver - especially in diabetics

May 27 2019

(Reuters Health) - Fatty liver disease that's not related to alcohol use is linked with an increased risk of cirrhosis and liver cancer, especially in people with diabetes, according to a large study from Europe.

Vision loss linked with anxiety, depression - and vice versa

May 24 2019

Older adults with impaired vision are more likely to have symptoms of anxiety and depression, and older adults with symptoms of anxiety or depression are more likely to develop vision impairment, according to findings from the U.S. National Health and Aging Trends Study.

Wrist, upper-arm BP readings often differ considerably

Apr 17 2019

(Reuters Health) - Blood pressure measured at the wrist is commonly higher than pressure measured at the upper arm, which has implications for the accuracy of devices that measure blood pressure, researchers report.

More transgender youth seeking care in U.S. military health system

Mar 26 2019

(Reuters Health) - The number of transgender children and adolescents receiving care in the U.S. military health system rose substantially from 2010 to 2017, a new study shows.

Education does not slow cognitive decline in old age

Feb 06 2019

(Reuters Health) - Higher education may build a stronger foundation for overall brain function, but starting from this higher level of function doesn't influence how fast cognition declines in old age, researchers report.

A few interventions may work to reduce C-sections

Oct 31 2018

(Reuters Health) - Unnecessary cesarean-section deliveries (C-sections) might decline if a variety of interventions targeting patients, healthcare professionals and hospitals were implemented, suggests an updated review of existing research.

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