Study Confirms Trending Inclination To Skip Or Delay Surgery For Men With Prostate Cancer
“Surgery did not reduce mortality in men with localized prostate cancer,” said Dr. Timothy Wilt, who led the study.
Los Angeles Times:
Surgery For Early-Stage Prostate Cancer Does Not Lead To Longer Lives, Study Finds
A long-term study of men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer has confirmed that patients who forgo immediate surgery have the same odds of living another decade or two as patients who have their tumors surgically removed. The results, published in Thursday’s edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, show that while each approach offers a different mix of benefits and risks, neither is likely to result in death due to prostate cancer. (Abed, 7/12)
In other public health news —
This ‘Smart Glove’ Can Translate Sign Language
UC San Diego researchers have designed a "smart glove" that can turn sign language into text that can be wirelessly transmitted to mobile devices, all for less than $100. The glove is outfitted with cheaply printed sensors that stretch over the user's knuckles, detecting the different gestures that represent letters of the American Sign Language alphabet. (Wagner, 7/12)