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The suspicion that chronic anovulation with unopposed estrogen production increases a woman's risk of developing breast cancer has now been confirmed—in part—by a large-scale, retrospective epidemiologic study.
Such a patient is not at increased risk for premenopausal carcinoma of the breast,...
The American College of Radiology (ACR) has recommended that chest roentgenograms of asymptomatic persons be discontinued as a part of routine prenatal examinations, hospital admissions, tuberculosis screening, and pre-employment examinations.
The recommendation is based on studies (N Engl J Med...
The causes of tissue injury resulting from a severe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection have been elusive, but recent research suggests that a pair of explanations, both over a decade old, may be partially correct.
At least in certain patients, damage caused by RSV may be mediated by the...
Persons on reducing diets often shun foods such as potatoes, rice, and breads because they consider them fattening. But several recent studies at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, have demonstrated that diets emphasizing complex carbohydrates can result in weight loss and...
Very soon, in a historical area of New York's Bellevue Hospital Center where 1956 Nobelists Andre F. Cournand, MD, and Dickinson W. Richards, Jr, MD, once worked, another chapter in medical history may begin. A computed tomography (CT) scanner designed for intraoperative neurosurgical use is...
To the radiation technologist, the reference to the treatment room as a "torture chamber" was just a joke—an off-the-cuff remark to ease the breast cancer patient's anxiety about yet another therapy session.
But for the patient, already feeling helpless and fearful, there was nothing funny about...
Stanford University researchers have devised a nonpharmacologic treatment to help people with pervasive sleep problems eliminate or reduce dependency on drugs, diminish chronic stress, and improve the quality of their sleep.
Forty-one insomniacs—23 women and 18 men— have learned how to sleep...
To the Editor.—
The commentary entitled "Abortion Legislation, Implications for Medicine" (1982;248:833) warned us of a "grave danger for the future of medical practice in the United States." The authors' fears regarding the Human Life Bill and the Hatch Amendment are based on assumptions that...
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