In the European Union, mortality rates for all cancers fell by 10% in men and 8% in women. Declines were more significant throughout Europe in populations ages 35 to 44, at 25% for men and 20% for women, according to a report published online in the Annals of Oncology (November 30, 2009).
The researchers attributed adoption of standard therapeutic protocols to reducing mortality from Hodgkin’s lymphomas, leukemias, and testicular cancers. They also believe that advancements in integrated treatments have reduced breast, colorectal, ovarian, and prostate cancer mortality.

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Some researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, have conducted a study with 236 asymptomatic patients to investigate the relationship between sports and knee abnormalities. Even, when further research is needed, the study shows a correlation between sports with high impact on the knees (running, jumping, skying) and cartilage deterioration. Of course, this is not a surprising discovery, but it shows clinical evidence of the effect of some sports on the human body: a warning for extreme sporters?
More information can be found at http://www.diagnosticimaging.com/conference-reports/rsna2009/display/article/113619/1491817

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently released the 2010 CPT codes that will take effect January 1, 2010. There are 4 new Category 1 codes to report cardiac computed tomography and cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCT/CCTA).
These Category 1 codes represent a significant step forward to achieve broader patient access to this proven technology.
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Check out the following article about the use of MSCT in the emergency deparment to assess myocardial infarct size.
Multislice CT is just as accurate as MRI in assessing myocardial infarct size in an emergency setting, according to a recent study conducted by researchers in France and the U.S. The latest data validate previous findings suggesting delayed-enhancement myocardial CT correlates well with measures of infarction size done with cardiac MR…more

Research data reveal that microvascular obstructions can cause new myocardial infarcts even after coronary reperfusion. A comprehensive cardiac MR exam that involves delayed enhancement and T2-weighted imaging could more accurately evaluate the extent of acute myocardial infarction. This is why radiologists from Tsu City’s Mie University Hospital in Japan, have incorporated this sequence into their everyday Cardiac MR protocol. For more information: http://www.diagnosticimaging.com/display/article/113619/1484746

GE Healthcare is highlighting the need for earlier detection and treatment with its global initiative to mark the 10th anniversary of digital mammography. Read the whole article at
http://www.mymedport.com/technology/healthcare-technology/793-ge-healthcare-and-the-10th-anniversary-of-digital-mammography.html

Risks of using cell phones

October 27, 2009

Since the ‘boom’ of cell phones, a lot of talk has been going on about safety issues. A new report was released in August by the International EMF Collaborative entitled “Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern, Science, Spin and the Truth Behind Interphone”.
According to the authors:
* There is a risk of brain tumors from cellphone use;
* Telecom funded studies underestimate the risk of brain tumors, and;
* Children have larger risks than adults for brain tumors.
For the full report, go to: http://www.radiationresearch.org/pdfs/15reasons.asp