CHICAGO -- An influential U.S. government advisory panel is dropping its opposition to routine prostate cancer screening in favor of letting men decide for themselves after talking with their doctor. The new draft guidelines released Tuesday echo those of several leading medical groups, but they don’t make the decision any easier for men: With their doctor’s help, they have to decide whether to take an imperfect PSA test that has a small chance of detecting a deadly cancer and a larger chance of triggering unneeded worry and treatment with serious side effects. “This isn’t a one-size-fits-all” recommendation, said the panel’s chair Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, a San Francisco internist who already follows the advice and discusses the potential pros and cons with her patients. Men whose greatest concern is reducing their chances of dying from cancer are sometimes willing to face the consequences and choose testing. “Other men will realize the … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Panel updates guidelines for prostate cancer screening
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There's never been a better time to be treated for a heart attack. U.S. hospitals have set a record for how quickly they open blocked arteries, averaging under one hour for the first time since these results have been tracked. More than 93 percent of patients now have their arteries opened within the recommended 90 minutes of arrival. "Things have definitely improved" from a decade ago, when less than half of heart attack patients were treated that fast, said Dr. Fred Masoudi, a University of Colorado cardiologist who led a recent report examining response times. It's based on records from about 85 percent of U.S. hospitals that do the artery procedure, angioplasty. Through a blood vessel in the groin or an arm, doctors guide a tube to the blockage causing the heart attack. They inflate a tiny balloon to flatten the clog, and leave behind a mesh tube called a stent to prop the artery open. The sooner blood flow is restored, the less chance of permanent damage. "It's one of the few … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo U.S. hospitals set record for fast heart attack care
Last Updated Oct 7, 2015 5:03 PM EDT At 3:40 a.m. Wednesday morning, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division's official Twitter account warned residents in Richland County to seek shelter and move to higher ground.The warning came after days of rain and record floods that have killed at least 19 people in the Carolinas.So far, 10 dams have been breached. Out of those, half were previously classified as "high hazards," while four were classified as "significant hazards," according to records sent to CBS News by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The hazard rating signifies the potential consequence of a dam's failure, not the actual condition of a dam itself, according to the department's guidelines.The "thousand year" flooding and dam failures in South Carolina highlight a growing concern: Is America's infrastructure - such as bridges, dams, highways, and levees - designed to withstand what many scientists predict will be a greater frequency of … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Is the U.S. prepared for more extreme storms and floods?
The scientific method is a painstaking process of observing nature, asking questions, formulating testable hypotheses, conducting experiments and collecting data ... and then sometimes just making stuff up when reality doesn't match your expectations. Or maybe it just seems that way when you're reading through the retraction notices that scientific journals are posting with greater and greater frequency. There has been a 10-fold increase in the percentage of scientific papers retracted because of fraud since 1975, according to a study published in 2012 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Among the more than 2,000 retracted life science papers that researchers reviewed in this study, only about 20 percent were retracted because of honest errors. A whopping 70 percent were pulled as a result of scientific misconduct -- that is, lying, cheating and/or stealing. A retraction implies that the paper is flawed, that it should never have been published and that the … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Bad science: 5 most notable studies retracted in 2015
With liberty and justice for all. After originally attempting to have the U.S women's goalies remove the Statue of Liberty from their masks, the International Olympic Committee has decided the artwork can now stay, according to USA TODAY Sports. The IOC released a statement Tuesday, claiming the initial helmet story was a "misunderstanding." On the Team USA hockey helmet 'story' - there seems to have been a misunderstanding, we have not asked for the symbol to be removed— IOC MEDIA (@iocmedia) February 13, 2018 Goalies Nicole Hensley and Alex Rigsby both have helmet designs showing Lady Liberty on the sides of their masks. The IOC reportedly first took issue with the image, believing it could be a violation of their ban of political symbols on masks, USA TODAY Sports reported Monday. The IOC's guidelines say "no item may feature the wording or lyrics from national anthems, motivational words, public/political messaging or slogans related to national identity." Goalie … [Read more...] about U.S. hockey goalies can leave Statue of Liberty on masks