Diagnostic Testing


Spring 2015 News from Dr. Elmaleh

Lorenzoclick / Foter / CC BY-NC Dear Patients, It has been a long, rough, and cold winter, but the sun is finally shining and we are all hoping for beautiful days ahead. Below are two interesting articles describing findings and issues that come up very often in our discussions together. The first article is a […]

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The Woman’s Heart Attack

seyed mostafa zamani / Foter / CC BY NY Times -Contrary to popular belief, breast cancer is not the leading cause of death in American women; heart disease is. Heart disease kills more women in the U.S. than all types of cancer combined and is dubbed a “quiet killer.” Why? Some suggest it is because […]

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From the National Women’s Health Network: Osteopenia and Osteoporosis

HA! Designs – Artbyheather / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND This post is taken from a newsletter article by Cindy Pearson, Executive Director of the National Women’s Health Network, a non-profit women’s health advocacy organization in Washington, DC. The letter advises readers to better understand the diagnoses of Osteopenia and Osteoporosis, as well as your treatment […]

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The Stethoscope

A Check on Physicals

Alex E. Proimos / Foter / CC BY-NC NY Times – Studies suggest that for seemingly healthy people, annual exams provide no benefit and can actually do harm by raising false flags or prompting unnecessary follow-ups. Click on this link to view full article

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An Aneurysmal Bone Cyst of Rather Long Duration

Overtreatment is Taking a Harmful Toll

bc the path / Foter / CC BY-NC NY Times – Too many scans, tests, and other procedures are costing our health care system large quantities of money and are having negative effects on patients, including pain, suffering, and death. Click on this link to view full article

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Testing Standard Medical Practices

Bill David Brooks / Foter / CC BY-SA NY Times – We don’t always know what works in medicine, but we are willing to pay money for it anyway. The author of the article thinks critically about what needs to happen in order to change this. Click on this link to view full article  

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Image from page 27 of "Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation" (1920)

Osteoporosis: Its Time to Stop Screening and Treating Healthy Women

Internet Archive Book Images / Foter / No known copyright restrictions National Women’s Health Network – An opinion article on how the FDA should limit bisphosphonate (Fosamax, Actonel, etc.) use to five years, and that clinicians should stop prescribing these drugs to healthy adults based solely on the result of a bone mineral density (BMD) […]

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exam room

More Treatment, More Mistakes

Maggie Osterberg / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA NY Times – More tests and procedures is not always a good thing. Many doctors and hospitals perform more tests in order to cover themselves against mistakes, but more tests means a greater possibility of error. Click on this link to view full article

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Blood for testing

New Data on Harms of Prostate Cancer Screening

fredericknoronha / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA NY Times – A government task force recommends against regular prostate screening due to the risks associated with abnormal results. The finding is met with much controversy by advocates of prostate testing. Click on this link to view full article

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