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Many women don’t believe their breast cancer risk numbers

A study’s author says women’s skepticism about risks leads some to put off preventive medicine, while others may undergo unnecessary treatments. Read story


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Fresh produce program gains momentum in weight-loss fight

Although small gains recently have been reported against the obesity epidemic among U.S. adults and children, obesity rates remain too high, experts say. Read story


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DSM-5 guides doctors on suicide risks and prevention

Little attention has been paid to the manual’s new focus on this preventable cause of death, which leads to more fatalities than motor vehicle crashes. Read story


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Childhood obesity declines in 18 states

Obesity in preschoolers had doubled in recent years, but the numbers are stagnating or improving in many states. Health officials are not yet declaring victory. Read story


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Doctors sometimes overprescribe strongest antibiotics

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Tool prioritizes guidance from the Preventive Services Task Force

The mathematical model helps doctors determine the most appropriate recommendations to use from the expert panel to improve a patient's health. Read story


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Health professionals need plans for providing care in a crisis

An IOM report encourages emergency planning to enable thoughtful decision-making when facilities face challenges such as evacuation, patient capacity or equipment shortages. Read story


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Cardiologists take issue with study on echocardiogram overuse

Some physicians reject the implication that the test is over-ordered because the screenings often don’t result in changes in care. Read story