Breast cancer overdiagnosis costs $4 billion a year to the U.S.

Breast cancer misdiagnoses costs $4 billion/year

The costs from false diagnoses of breast cancer are “much higher” than previously documented, according to a new study published online on April 7, 2015.

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About $4 billion is spent ever year in the United States because of false-positive mammography results and breast cancer overdiagnosis, according to a new study. Betty Ford Breast Care image via Spectrum Health.

2015 Study Abstract

Populationwide mammography screening has been associated with a substantial rise in false-positive mammography findings and breast cancer overdiagnosis. However, there is a lack of current data on the associated costs in the United States. We present costs due to false-positive mammograms and breast cancer overdiagnoses among women ages 40–59, based on expenditure data from a major US health care insurance plan for 702,154 women in the years 2011–13. The average expenditures for each false-positive mammogram, invasive breast cancer, and ductal carcinoma in situ in the twelve months following diagnosis were $852, $51,837 and $12,369, respectively. This translates to a national cost of $4 billion each year. The costs associated with false-positive mammograms and breast cancer overdiagnoses appear to be much higher than previously documented. Screening has the potential to save lives. However, the economic impact of false-positive mammography results and breast cancer overdiagnoses must be considered in the debate about the appropriate populations for screening.

Sources and more information
  • Breast Cancer Overdiagnosis Costs $4 Billion, Says Studymedscape, April 08, 2015
  • National Expenditure For False-Positive Mammograms And Breast Cancer Overdiagnoses Estimated At $4 Billion A Year, Health Affairs, doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2014.1087,  April 2015 vol. 34 no. 4 576-583, April 7, 2015.
  • Breast cancer misdiagnoses cost $4 billion: Study, cnbc, 6 Apr 2015.

Insecticide mon amour, vidéo bande annonce

Film documentaire sur le conséquences des insecticides sur la santé et l’environnement

Une enquête de plus de 2 ans autour du problème des traitements obligatoires aux insecticides contre la flavescence dorée dans le vignoble bourguignon.

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  • Guillaume Bodin est ouvrier viticole en Saône-et-Loire lorsqu’il est victime des traitements obligatoires aux insecticides contre la cicadelle de la flavescence dorée. Comme il est impossible de se faire entendre, le jeune réalisateur de “La Clef des Terroirs” décide alors de quitter son travail pour s’engager dans une enquête de plus de deux ans!  Il part à la rencontre de nombreux acteurs du milieu viticole et scientifique comme Emmanuel Giboulot, ce vigneron ayant refusé de traiter aux insecticides, ou Jean-Marc Bonmatin, chercheur au CNRS et lanceur d’alerte sur les effets catastrophiques de l’utilisation de ce type de pesticides sur l’environnement. Le couple Claude et Lydia Bourguignon lui apporte de nombreuses informations sur l’impact de ces produits chimiques sur l’écosystème des sols. Tout n’est cependant pas si sombre dans cette affaire, car un collectif de vignerons essaye de faire évoluer le dossier vers un plus grand respect de l’environnement. Vidéo publiée le 7.04.015 par Guillaume Bodin.
  • Débattre autour du film Insecticide mon amour sur Facebook.
  • Voir le film sur MontparnasseVOD.
  • Insecticide mon amour, le plaidoyer d’un ouvrier viticole contre les pesticides, bastamag, 24 AVRIL 2015.
  • Regardez cette liste de produits chimiques et pesticides sur notre chaîne YouTube.

Shining Light on the Sunshine Act infographic

Infographic, Center for Business Intellegence, 2012

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Watch @DES_Journal diaporama and health infographics album on Flickr.

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The Full Flower Moon 13th #FullMoonEngageMe #SocialMedia Event on #EmpireAvenue #SocialNetworking

May 1-5 2015, join our free social media event taking place at each Full Moon.

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In May 2015, between the 1st and the 5th, join our free social media event taking place at each Full Moon – via #EAv – and give a boost to your social networking! Full Flower Moon image via ISITE Design © all rights reserved connectivedx.

The Full Flower Moon

In May, abundant blooms give its full moon the name Flower Moon in many cultures.
Other full moon names include the Hare Moon, the Corn Planting Moon (because corn is ready to plant), the Mother’s Moon and the Milk Moon.

13th #FullMoonEngageMe Schedule

Our free event will start on Friday the 1st of May 2015 at +/- 07:00 UTC and will last until Tuesday the 5th at +/- 24:00 in HERE.

Celebrating our 1st Year Anniversary!

Times flies… our 1st #FullMoonEngageMe event launched in May 2014…
This April 2015, Empire Avenue (EA) staff decided to add some extra extravaganza… so keep an eye on EA’s shop for more surprises and stay tuned with EA’s blog!

What is this about?

Grab a unique opportunity to super charge your social networking by meeting and connecting with top social media engagers on Empire Avenue and beyond.

With 505 comments, our last event was “serious buzz” and serious FUN!
Take a look at only twelve highlights from our 12th event:












Confused?

See you soon 😉

How Medical Screening turns Healthy People into Patients

The chasm between what the market says and what science does in modern healthcare

A drug policy researcher for the University of Victoria, Alan Cassels is a known for having a knack for finding and describing the chasm between what the market says and what science does in modern healthcare. Over the past two decades Cassels has spent much of his research energy studying clinical research and the marketing tactics of the pharmaceutical industry, including overdiagnosis and screening, turning some of that research into journalism and books, including an international best-seller

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The Public Face of the Sunshine Act

Infographic, Center for Business Intellegence, 2012

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Watch @DES_Journal diaporama and health infographics album on Flickr.

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Child transgender referrals to the NHS quadrupled in five years

Rise in child transgender referrals

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The number of children referrred to the NHS as a result of transgender feelings and confusion about their gender has quadrupled in five years. 2013 Rally for Transgender Equality image by Ted Eytan.

The number of children aged 10 or under who have been referred to the NHS because of transgender feelings has more than quadrupled in five years, according to new figures.
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust said referrals over the period included 47 children aged five or under, and two children just three years old.
The trust – UK’s only centre specialising in gender issues in under 18s – said that in total, the number of under 11s referred to the unit has risen from 19 in 2009-10 to 77 in 2014-15.
Parents said they had sought help after children became deeply distressed about their gender.

Sources and more information

  • Rise in child transgender referrals, telegraph, 07 Apr 2015.
  • Referrals for young transgender people increase, bbc, 5 February 2015.
  • How to find an NHS gender identity clinic, nhs.
  • Think your child might be transgender?, nhs.

La Base de Données Publique Transparence Santé

Cadeaux et contrats: quand les labos soignent les médecins

Votre médecin reçoit-il des paiements issus de laboratoires pharmaceutiques?
Est-ce de l’argent d’entreprises qui fabriquent les médicaments qu’il vous prescrit?
Vidéo JT France2 au sujet du site transparence.gouv.fr le 6 janvier 2015.

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Know Your Terms Initiative

Raising Awareness about the new full term pregnancy definition

Raising Awareness about the new full term pregnancy definition.

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Antidepressant drugs use during pregnancy : Not safe

Who says antidepressants in pregnancy are safe?

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Prenatal exposure to antidepressant drugs was linked to ADHD In children in a 2014 study.

Four countries have done nine studies on the effects of antidepressants during pregnancy or breast feeding. They found that newer and older antidepressants can cause premature births, and increase the risk of cardiovascular interventions such as heart surgery in early childhood. In addition, newer antidepressants could also cause withdrawal symptoms, respiratory problems, and neurological problems.

Six counties have issued a total of 15 drug regulatory warnings on antidepressants causing severe problems for newborns. They warn of:

  • Newer antidepressants causing seizures,
  • Wellbutrin, Cipralex, Luvox, Remeron, Effexor and Zyban increasing the risk of a life-threatening lung condition in newborns,
  • Zoloft and Celexa causing withdrawal symptoms and increasing the risk of a life-threatening lung condition in newborns,
  • Paxil and Prozac causing withdrawal symptoms and increasing the risk of cardiovascular birth defects and a life-threatening lung condition in newborns

Read Antidepressant Drugs Are Not Safe During Pregnancy—No Matter What the Pharma Shills Say, by CCHR International, November 4, 2010.

In 2014, a study found that antidepressant use in pregnancy was associated with higher risk for ADHD in children, another found a link to ASD and developmental delays in boys  another found that pregnant mothers may be unknowingly predisposing their infants to type 2 diabetes and obesity later in life,.

Watch the video The Truth about Pills and Pregnancy.