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What are the lung cancer screening recommendations?

What are the lung cancer screening recommendations?  Recently the ACCP (The American College of Chest Physicians) published their new lung cancer screening guidelines. Who should get an ANNUAL lung cancer screening? Adults aged 55 to 77 years of age who … Continue reading

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Should you as an ex-smoker have a CT scan to rule out lung cancer?

Should you as an ex-smoker have a CT scan to rule out lung cancer?  This is a great question. A few years ago the National Lung Screening Trial found a reduction in disease-specific and all-cause mortality with lung cancer screening.  … Continue reading

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Want to live longer? Here are easy things to incorporate

Many of these are common-sense suggestions… with research behind them. 1.  Get a colonoscopy.  This is suggested for everyone at age 50, unless you have a family history or GI symptoms necessitating one sooner.  The worst part, by far, is drinking … Continue reading

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Salina, Kansas hospital putting some teeth into non-smoking rule

Hospitals have had no smoking in the hospital rules for years.  (This is in humorous contrast to when my father was smoking in the physician lounge in the 1960s.) A Salina, Kansas hospital has a way to get patient to … Continue reading

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More maternal guilt. . .

If you smoke and are considering a pregnancy, stop smoking! There is evidence emerging that smoking during pregnancy (and how many cigarettes smoked per day) is correlated with developmental outcomes after the children are born.  The children of smokers were … Continue reading

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Four lifestyle changes decrease death risk by 80%!

Johns Hopkins study ( of over 6200 patients) found that four lifestyle chances reduce the chance of death from ALL CAUSES by 80 % over an eight-year period over those with none of the healthy behaviors. Drum roll please……. Mediterranean … Continue reading

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Want to start smoking again after a stroke?

Patients who started smoking again after an ischemic (not-enough-blood-getting-to-the-brain) stroke raise their risk of dying by nearly threefold within one year.  The risk of dying increases the sooner the smoking relapse occurs.  Patients who start smoking within 10 days of … Continue reading

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