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Making Sure Cancer Patients Get the Information They Need

Cancer patients’ information needs seem to differ depending on the type of cancer they have, and clinicians caring for survivors may need to understand those individual needs to better address survivors’ concerns about cancer recurrence, late effects, and family members’ risks.

Don't Be Misled by "Latex-Free" Claims

If you’re allergic to natural rubber latex, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has good news for you: in the future, you are less likely to be misinformed about the absence of this allergen in such products as medical devices. To avoid false assurances about this hazard to your health, FDA is recommending to manufacturers to stop using the labels “latex-free” or “does not contain latex”.

Trying to Be Perfect Can Cause Anxiety

No one is “perfect.” Yet many people struggle to be, which can trigger a cascade of anxieties.

Perfectionism may be a strong suit or a stumbling block, depending on how it’s channeled, as clinical psychologist Jeff Szymanski explains. Dr. Szymanski is the associate instructor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and executive director of the International OCD Foundation.

Who Needs a Knee Replacement?

Knee replacement is an operation that involves removing parts of one’s natural knee joint and replacing them with artificial ones. Knee replacement is the most common joint replacement surgery.

The main reason to have knee replacement surgery is to ease pain and disability caused by arthritis or other joint problems, while preserving movement. Less commonly, it is used to correct some kinds of knee deformity. Here, from the National Institute for Senior Health, is everything you need to know about knee replacements:

Fee-for-Service Health Care Jeopardizes Robotic Prostate Surgery Patients

A "perverse disincentive" for hospitals that have invested in expensive technology for robotic surgery may be jeopardizing prostate cancer patients who seek out the procedure, according to a study led by Henry Ford Hospital researchers in Detroit and presented at the 2015 American Urological Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

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