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Americans in their early 50s and younger are experiencing significant increases in colorectal cancer incidence

CRC Incidence on the Rise Among Younger Americans

Rates of rectal cancer have been rising longer and faster than colon cancer
Young children should be screened at least once for amblyopia before they turn 5 years old

Task Force Recommends Vision Screening in Children 3 to 5

Children should be screened for amblyopia before the age of 5
There is doubt as to whether diazepam provides benefit in the treatment of low back pain in the emergency department environment

Diazepam Not Beneficial for Acute Low Back Pain in ER

No better than placebo when added to naproxen, research suggests
Digital imaging has improved diagnostic capability of mammograms but the percentage of false-positives is up

Both Detection, False-Positives Up With Digital Mammograms

Digital technology leads to increased abnormal interpretation and cancer detection rates
Steps should be taken to protect medical practices

Strategies Suggested to Protect Practices From Hackers

Small practices are a target, especially as larger organizations improve their security
DNA-based biomarkers in the nasal passages may be able to reveal whether a lung lesion is cancerous or not

Biomarker in Nasal Passages May ID Lung Cancer in Smokers

Simple technique is based on cancer DNA and seems accurate for use after chest CT scan, researchers say
While there's little evidence that herbal medications are safe or effective to treat cardiovascular conditions

Doctors Need to Discuss Herbal Medication Use With CVD Patients

While popular among patients, they haven't been proven safe or effective in clinical trials
Doctors' offices capably shouldered the burden of millions of new Medicaid patients gaining access to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act

Access to Primary Care Not Affected by Medicaid Expansion

Concerns about long waits, primary care shortage appear unfounded, researchers say
Use of appropriate use criteria is likely to increase with the anticipated implementation of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act

Use of Appropriate Use Criteria for Imaging Set to Increase

Implementation of Protecting Access to Medicare Act will ensure physicians consult AUC
Higher dietary potassium seems to be associated with reduced blood pressure

Higher Dietary Potassium to Sodium Ratio Can Lower CVD Risk

Research supports public health efforts for increasing consumption of natural potassium rich foods