By Nelly Edmondson Gupta

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Should patients keep their extra weight?

Are you urging elderly people and those with lung disease, heart failure, arthritis, and kidney disease to eat less? Maybe you shouldn’t. While obesity, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia are well-known harbingers of poor cardiovascular health and death, “reverse epidemiology” holds that these physiologic states actually increase the chance of survival in many people. That is the…

Are Pap tests in danger of being phased out?

With the prospect of vaccines eliminating most cases of cervical cancer, the status of the Pap smear is uncertain. Two gynecologists address the issue. Ever since women began getting Pap tests more than 50 years ago, the number of cervical-cancer deaths has dropped dramatically. Once the leading cause of cancer mortality among women in the…

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