• Regularly attending screening mammography reduces breast cancer mortality risk

    1 month ago - By Healio

    Undergoing mammography for 2 consecutive years before a breast cancer diagnosis conferred a significant reduction in mortality compared with skipping one or both screenings, according to prospective study results published in Radiology.
    The reduction in risk lessened for women who missed even one of the previous two examinations, according to the researchers.
    “Our previous work showed a benefit of screening participation when defined as participation in the most recent screen only. We therefore wanted to know the benefit of regular screening compared with irregular screening,”
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  • Only 41% of Medicaid patients with lupus receive hydroxychloroquine 2 years post diagnosis

    1 month ago - By Healio

    Just 41% of Medicaid beneficiaries with systemic lupus erythematosus receive hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine within 2 years of diagnosis, according to data published in Arthritis Care & Research.
    Meanwhile, factors associated with higher rates of initial treatment with the drug include greater outpatient and preventative care, the researchers noted.
    “Medicaid beneficiaries are a vulnerable population and experience a disproportionate burden of lupus and adverse outcomes,” Katherine P. Pryor, MD, MS, of Brigham and Women's Hospital told Healio Rheumatology. “Although
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