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Appendix Removal Linked to Lower Future Parkinson's Risk

Two new epidemiologic studies have suggested an important role for the appendix in the origin of Parkinson's disease.

One large study, which involved the whole population of Sweden and had a 50-year follow-up, found that individuals whose appendix had been removed in early life had a 20% lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease later in life.

'Shared Decision-Making': Real or Just a Feel-Good Buzzword?

"Henry" had seen his new university-based family doctor, whom he referred to as Doogie Howser, simply to refill a prescription for hypertension medications and found himself referred to the lab for some blood tests. In short order, he had a report show a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level of 5 ng/mL from a test he didn't know he had taken, and orders to report for a prostate biopsy.

Most Physicians Disenchanted With Their Profession: Survey

Seven out of 10 physicians would not recommend their profession to their children or other family members, and more than half are thinking about retiring within the next 5 years, including one-third of those under the age of 50, according to a new national survey by The Doctors Company, a physician-owned medical malpractice insurer.