Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Today From the American Council on Science and Health

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From eyeshadow to diabetes? Not so fast.

Much to our disbelief, recent research from the Brigham and Women's Hospital attempts to link the low concentrations of phthalate chemicals, common in everyday cosmetics, to diabetes in women.


Is prevention found in online health records?

A recent study, published in the Annals of Family Medicine, gave primary care patients the opportunity to access their medical reports via electronic records. Researchers found that the patients given access to their records were more inclined to have up-to-date screenings and immunizations than were patients given standard care.


Readers have questions

In a recent Dispatch, we commented on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation to limit PSA testing as the risk of over-diagnosis continues to rise. Yet the recommendation is still triggering strong reactions from many people.



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