Medical Minute 3-13-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

March 13, 2012 - The American College of Physicians is releasing new colorectal cancer screening guidelines. The group says doctors should perform a risk assessment for colon cancer in all adults. They recommend patients at average risk start screening at age 50, while high risk adults should start at 40 or ten years younger than the age their youngest relative was diagnosed with colon cancer.

Also, the youngest kids in class could be over diagnosed with attention-deficit hyper activity disorder or ADHD. A new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal looked at nearly one-million kids and found children were 39 percent more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD if they were born in December, compared to children born in January. The younger kids were also 48 percent more likely to be treated with medication for ADHD.


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