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2:17am

Tue April 14, 2015
Shots - Health News

Big Bills A Hidden Side Effect Of Cancer Treatment

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 12:13 pm

Anne Koller closes her eyes as an oncology nurse attaches a line for chemotherapy to a port in her chest. Koller typically spends three to six hours getting each treatment.
Sarah Jane Tribble WCPN

Anne Koller was diagnosed with late-stage colon cancer in 2011 and has been fighting it since.

But it's not just the cancer she's fighting. It's the bills.

"Think of those old horror flicks," she says. "The swamp creature ... comes out and is kind of oozy, and it oozes over everything."

When she was able to work, Koller, who just turned 65, was in the corporate world and safely middle-class, with health insurance and plenty of savings.

At first, she was too sick to deal with the bills. They piled up.

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9:52am

Mon April 13, 2015
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I Learned The Hard Way That Concussion Isn't Just For The Young

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 12:11 pm

Lorenzo Gritti for NPR

I think I knew what was happening even before my head bounced off the hard kitchen counter on its way to the even harder stone floor. I was rapidly losing my connection with reality. My wife, Tabitha, later estimated that I was out for 10 minutes. When I emerged from unconsciousness I heard the sirens on the street in front of the house. It seemed as if half of Tucson's fire department was streaming through the front door.

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1:30am

Mon April 13, 2015
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Why Some Doctors Hesitate To Screen Smokers For Lung Cancer

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 8:39 pm

This spiral CT image of the chest shows a large malignant mass (purple) in one lung. A conventional chest X-ray could have missed this tumor, radiologists say.
Medical Body Scans Science Source

In February, Medicare announced that it would pay for an annual lung cancer screening test for certain long-term smokers. Medicare recipients between the ages of 55 and 77 who have smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years are now eligible for the annual test, known as a spiral CT scan.

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1:27am

Mon April 13, 2015
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The Hidden Cost Of Mammograms: More Testing And Overtreatment

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 6:00 am

There's no question mammograms can save lives by detecting breast cancer early. But they can also result in unnecessary testing and treatment that can be alarming and costly.

In fact, each year the U.S. spends $4 billion on follow-up tests and treatments that result from inaccurate mammograms, scientists report in the current issue of Health Affairs.

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6:03am

Sun April 12, 2015
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What Could Go Wrong When Doctors Treat Their Own Kids?

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 3:55 pm

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Famed doctor and medical educator William Osler once said, "A physician who treats himself has a fool for a patient."

What, I wonder, does that say about us doctors who treat our own kids?

This past winter, my daughter got the flu. She was miserable: daily fevers, achiness, sore throat, stuffy head and nausea with a total loss of appetite.

We didn't run a flu test on her, which you can do with a quick nasal swab at a doctor's office. Since my wife and I are both docs, we were comfortable that her symptoms fit the diagnosis.

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