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2010-02-10 13:23:01

Officials at the American Psychiatric Association are proposing major changes to its diagnostic bible, the manual that doctors, insurers and scientists use in deciding what is officially a mental disorder and what symptoms to treat, The Associated Press reported. The APA is also asking for feedback via the Internet from both psychiatrists and the general public about whether the changes will be helpful before making them official. Several new diagnoses are being suggested in the manual. As...

2009-12-04 16:51:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A simple, inexpensive computer tool that measures volume changes in the size of suspicious nodules in the lungs picked up by a CT scanner can rule out non-cancerous ones with almost perfect accuracy and enable doctors to diagnose true cancers with fewer, less expensive and less invasive tests. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081016/LCALOGO) The new diagnostic guidelines are described in a paper published yesterday in the New...

2009-09-17 13:04:23

More conservative treatment, or watchful waiting of localized prostate cancer may be why outcomes have improved, U.S researchers said. Grace L. Lu-Yao of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, N.J., and colleagues said the study was based on data from a population-based study that included 14,516 men who were not treated with surgery or radiation for six months after their Stage 1, or...

2009-09-16 07:50:32

A comparison of outcomes of different eras of conservative treatment for localized prostate cancer indicates that overall and prostate cancer-specific survival rates are higher for men diagnosed from 1992 through 2002 compared to men diagnosed in the 1970s and 1980s, according to a study in the September 16 issue of JAMA. "Among men, prostate cancer is the most common nonskin cancer and the second most common cause of cancer death in the United States. When diagnosed, prostate cancer is...

2009-08-11 16:20:15

A public survey conducted in Europe found that the vast majority of people overestimate the life-saving benefits of breast and prostate cancer screening, according to a new study published online August 12 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.Gerd Gigerenzer, of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, and colleagues conducted a survey of over 10,200 people from nine European countries to assess perceptions of cancer-specific mortality reduction associated with...

2009-06-29 11:30:00

Literature review of relationship between testosterone and risk of prostate cancer also included The July issue of European Urology, the official journal of the European Association of Urology, features an editorial by Lars Holmberg comparing the results from the European Randomised Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer (ERSPC) with the results from the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial (PLCO) In the editorial, Professor Holmberg writes that "The studies...

2009-06-29 08:34:16

The recent release of two large randomized trials suggests that if there is a benefit of screening, it is, at best, small, says a new report in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Authored by Otis W. Brawley, M.D. of the American Cancer Society and Donna Ankerst, Ph.D. and Ian M. Thompson, M.D. of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the review says because prostate cancer is virtually ubiquitous in men as they age, it is clear that a goal of "finding more cancers"...

2009-05-29 15:39:00

WASHINGTON, May 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) said that the American Cancer Society's claim of "progress in cancer fight" earlier this week was based on "selective culling of statistics and ignores the dismal truth that we have made very little progress on the most lethal cancers, including lung cancer, which causes one in every two cancer deaths, or in metastatic cancer of any kind." (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081016/LCALOGO) LCA President &...

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2009-04-27 11:33:40

The debate continues as an influential group of doctors relax the call for annual prostate cancer screening for men over the age of 50. While each man's risk should certainly be assessed, Dr. Peter Carroll, who directed the panel that penned the American Urological Association's new guidelines insists, "Many men do not need yearly screening." The new guidelines are being issued Monday at the group's yearly meeting in Chicago. Other experts have been maintaining for a while that annual...

2009-04-16 06:10:00

ARNHEM, The Netherlands, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The European Association of Urology (EAU) has taken into consideration the recent scientific information on randomised screening studies on prostate cancer (Schröder et al, NEJM 2009). Based on the results of the European Randomised Study for Screening of Prostate Cancer (ERSPC), the EAU has formulated a position statement regarding prostate cancer screening in Europe, and the subsequent...


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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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