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Dental patients told to get HIV test

Patients of a Cairns dental clinic are being urged by Queensland health authorities to undergo testing for infectious diseases such as hepatitis and HIV. Problems with infection control practices were identified at private dental clinic Essential Dental for Life, following assessments by the Tropical Public Health Unit and the Office of the Health Ombudsman. “Although… Read More »

Even the most seasoned patients are no match for the Medical Insurance Industrial Complex

“Does my insurance cover this?” I cannot calculate how often a patient poses this inquiry to me assuming wrongly that I have expertise in the insurance and reimbursement aspects of medicine. If I — a gastroenterologist — do not even know how much a colonoscopy costs, it is unlikely that I can speak with authority… Read More »

High-dose vitamin D shows benefit in patients with advanced colorectal cancer

Results of a small clinical trial suggest that supplementing chemotherapy with high doses of vitamin D may benefit patients with metastatic colorectal cancer by delaying progression of the disease, say scientists from Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Prompted by the “very encouraging” results of the Sunshine clinical trial, the potential benefits of vitamin D supplementation in metastatic… Read More »