4 ways consumerism will affect women's health practices
June 13, 2018 -- The rise of consumerism in healthcare is a growing trend, affecting everything from data ownership to patient-centered healthcare technology. In this article, Jef Williams and Barbara Smith of Paragon Consulting Partners discuss four ways in which women's healthcare practices will have to change to meet new patient demands.  Discuss
Critic calls JAMA study on mammo screening 'inadequate'
June 12, 2018 -- A study published January 9 in the Journal of the American Medical Association that explored reasons for the reduction in breast cancer mortality in recent decades did not include sufficient follow-up data, according to a response letter published in the journal June 12.  Discuss
Letters blast study linking ultrasound and autism
June 11, 2018 -- A study published in February in JAMA Pediatrics that suggested a link between the incidence of autism spectrum disorder and prenatal ultrasound is coming under fire by critics who are calling out the study's conclusion as oversimplified at best and inaccurate at worst.  Discuss
Breast pain tends to prompt imaging overuse
June 7, 2018 -- Breast pain is common in women, but although it is not necessarily a sign of cancer, it continues to be a source of imaging referral, according to a study published online May 24 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
DBT plus DM finds 90% more cancer than mammo alone
June 5, 2018 -- The combination of digital mammography (DM) plus digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) finds 90% more breast cancer than digital mammography alone -- and with a similar recall rate, according to a study published online June 5 in Radiology.  Discuss
Mammography compliance leads to other screening tests
June 5, 2018 -- Women who comply with mammography screening guidelines are more likely than those who don't to follow through with other screening exams, such as a Pap smear or a bone mass measurement, according to a study published June 5 in Radiology.  Discuss
Cesarean delivery changes the uterine angle
May 30, 2018 -- Cesarean delivery can change the angle of a woman's uterus from an anteflexed one, in which the fundus faces the abdominal wall, to a retroflexed one, in which it faces the sacrum, according to a study in the May issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
Lung cancer more common in white women than men
May 24, 2018 -- The incidence rate of lung cancer is now higher in non-Hispanic white women in the U.S. than it is in men of the same race, flipping the historical trend of a higher incidence in men, according to research published in the May 24 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.  Discuss
Second opinions of outside mammograms find more cancer
May 23, 2018 -- Second-opinion reads of mammograms initially performed at an outside facility identify more cancers and improve the positive predictive value of biopsy, even in patients without a breast cancer diagnosis, according to a study published online May 19 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Cancer death rates continue to decline in U.S.
May 22, 2018 -- The U.S. continues to see a decline in cancer mortality, according to the latest numbers published by the U.S. government on May 22 in Cancer. However, the figures also indicate a rising incidence of late-stage prostate cancer, possibly due to the decline in prostate-specific antigen screening.  Discuss
Special Feature
Use of DBT lags in Medicare system -- or does it?

Just under 20% of women in the Medicare population received digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) exams in 2015, the first year of Medicare coverage for the technology. Does the figure mean DBT use is lagging in the federal system -- or that it's taking hold? Read more

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