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Medical Minute 3-7-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

March 7, 2012 - An internet treatment for teens with chronic fatigue syndrome is proving to be much more effective than traditional therapy. New research finds nearly two thirds of adolescents in the Netherlands who used the web-based therapy said they had recovered within six months. That's almost eight times as many as those given standard care. Both online and traditional treatments rely on cognitive behavioral therapy... but researchers say the advantages of the computer-based model is that it's more accessible and flexible.

Also, some elderly lung cancer patients may be getting unnecessary radiation treatments. A new study shows that radiation therapy after surgery does not improve the chance of survival for patients with stage three lung cancer which has spread to nearby lymph nods. Researchers say some patients are subjected to radiation side effects without any benefit.


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