Category: Medicine

Better Tests for Prostate Cancer

MADISON, Wis.—A test in the pipeline could help avoid the confusion surrounding prostate screening. The standard screening test today, the PSA test, may expose too many men to needless procedures that have potential side effects.

Are Doctors Missing Diabetics?

MADISON, Wis.—If you are 45 years and older, overweight and have high-risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, you should ask your doctor for a diabetes test during routine visits, says Dr. Ann Sheehy, a hospitalist at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

Quit Killing Kids

Cigarettes are the means of distribution and consumption of an addictive drug called nicotine and they kill 400,000 people a year. I gained 50 pounds when I stopped smoking, so I can attest that it is hard to give ’em up. If you don’t smoke, then try to understand that kicking the habit is such a heavy load that some of our smartest and strongest neighbors just cannot do it.