USPSTF Recommends Annual Lung Screening for High Risk Adults

Adults at high risk of developing lung cancer – especially smokers – should have low-dose CT scans annually, according to new recommendations by the US Preventive Services Task Force. The panel determined that yearly scans “can prevent a substantial number of lung cancer-related deaths,” according to a press release issued today. Smoking causes some 75… Read More USPSTF Recommends Annual Lung Screening for High Risk Adults

Health of Americans Ranks Worst Among High-Income Countries

Well, this sure is depressing. Amid all the news about more Americans gaining health insurance, the to-do over New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s war on super-sized sugary drinks, and efforts to provide healthier school lunches, there’s this: The U.S. ranks at or near the bottom in nine key areas of health: infant mortality and low… Read More Health of Americans Ranks Worst Among High-Income Countries

Conference message to health journalists: be skeptical.

Day One at the Association of Healthcare Journalists conference in Boston and I already feel like a better journalist. Today focused in part on skepticism. This morning, Marshall Allen of ProPublica helped us make more sense of hospital ratings. When an organization or facility pronounces a “tops in…” or “ranked one of the best in…”… Read More Conference message to health journalists: be skeptical.