Health Alert: Doctors' description determines patients choice

Health Alert

(CBS) - How a doctor describes a condition can impact the type of treatment the patient chooses.

Researchers in Massachusetts conducted a study on nearly 400 women. The participants were all told they had ductal carcinoma in situ, which is a preinvasive malignancy of the breast.

When it was described as noninvasive breast cancer, women were more likely to opt for surgery compared to when it was described as a breast lesion or abnormal cells.

In those cases, more women chose medication or just to keep a close eye on it.



(CBS) - New research from the American Heart Association shows a new type of defibrillator implanted under the skin works well without touching the heart.

The FDA approved the subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator last year. The new study found it restored a normal heart rhythm in every case it was used.

Researchers say because it does not touch the heart like traditional defibrillators, it lowers the risk of infection and scarring.



(CBS) - New data from the CDC shows schools nationwide are making strides on a number of health and wellness policies.

The government report found the number of school districts that ban junk food in vending machines has gone up to 43 percent. The report also found that more than 90 percent of districts require elementary schools to teach physical education.

The percentage of districts that ban tobacco during any school-related activity has increased by nearly half.


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