Breast Cancer Screening: Controversial Recommendations and Personal Decisions

This week, the American Cancer Society (ACS) published new guidelines for breast cancer screening, which recommend that women who are at average risk of breast cancer should begin annual mammography screenings at age 45 – rather than at age 40, as previous ACS guidelines had recommended. The ACS also recommends that these annual screenings should continue through age 54, and that women aged 55 and older should then transition to biennial screening, while still having the opportunity to continue screening annually. The recommendations advise women to continue with screening mammography for as long as their overall health is good and […]

See What You Missed at the September Medical Conferences

In the last month, MDLinx editors covered a number of interesting and cutting edge conferences in a number of specialties, including cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, oncology, pulmonology, and several others. At the 16th World Conference on Lung Cancer, which took place in Denver, CO, there were a number of interesting presentations, including one on drug regulatory delays, presented by David Stewart, MD, FRCPC, from the University of Ottawa/The Ottawa Hospital in Ottawa, Canada, that looked at how the regulatory process slows progress by increasing drug development costs and produces hindrances that delay approval of useful drugs. Another presentation, by Eric Lim, […]

Implementing the WHO’s new HIV/AIDS guidelines: A challenge for our time

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released new global guidelines on HIV treatment and prophylaxis. These guidelines state that all infected individuals should receive access to antiretroviral treatment (ART), not just particular categories of infected patients. Moreover, the WHO recommends that particular at-risk populations – such as serodiscordant couples, men and transgender women who have sex with men, and injection drug users – should receive daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with ART, given that such preventive measures have been shown to dramatically reduce rates of HIV transmission. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has applauded these new […]