Kaiser Health News: Despite Prevention Guidelines, Few Smokers Seek CT Scans To Check For Lung Cancer
Lung cancer screening rates have barely budged in recent years, according to a new study, even though under the health law many people don’t have to pay anything out-of-pocket for them because the test is recommended by a panel of prevention experts. In 2010, just 3.3 percent of eligible smokers surveyed said they had received a low-dose computed tomography scan in the past year to check for lung cancer. In 2015, the percentage had inched up to 3.9 percent, or 262,700 people out of 6.8 million who were eligible. (Andrews 2/10).
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If you have osteoarthritis and feel the disease is wearing you down physically, emotionally, and mentally, you may want to talk to your doctor about getting a joint replaced.
The most important factor in choosing to have a knee or hip replaced is how much it hurts and how much it is affecting your life. Here are six signals that it’s time to have a knee or hip replaced, according to Harvard Medical School HEALTHbeat:
- You can no longer complete routine daily tasks without help.
- You have significant pain, like pain that keeps you awake at night despite the use of medications, pain that keeps you from being able to walk or bend over, pain that isn’t relieved by rest, or pain that isn’t helped by non-surgical approaches.
- Your doctor says that less-complicated surgical procedures are unlikely to help.
- You have osteoarthritis and feel the disease is wearing you down physically, emotionally, and mentally.
- You are suffering severe side effects from the medications for your painful knee or hip.
- Tests show advanced arthritis or significant joint damage.
Finding the right surgeon and hospital can make a big difference to the success of your operation. In general, you’re likely to have a better result and fewer complications if your surgeon performs the operation at least 100 times a year and operates in a hospital where replacements are routinely done.
If it’s clear that joint replacement is a good choice, the questions below can help you decide whether a particular surgeon is right for you:
- Are you board-certified in orthopedic surgery?
- Are you fellowship trained?
- How often do you perform this surgery?
- What kind of results would you expect for someone in my condition?
- May I speak with any of your patients who have had this surgery?
- What complications occur most frequently, and how do you deal with them?
- Do you usually work with a particular physical therapist or rehabilitation center?
Courtesy Harvard Medical School HEALTHbeat
Take this quiz to discover how many Americans today have HIV and don’t know it yet.
Despite significant successes in addressing HIV/AIDS around the world, including in the United States, many challenges remain—there are more people living with HIV than ever before and millions of new infections each year, and not everyone has access to the care and treatment they need. At the same time, there have been many successes and new directions ahead.
Click here to test your knowledge of HIV/AIDS, courtesy of Kaiser Family Foundation.