Archive for January, 2010

ASK DR. H: New technique helps study masses

Q: I recently underwent a needle biopsy of my left breast because of a mass that the doctors thought could be cancer. Do you know if there is a better way to tell if a mass is cancer without having to go through a biopsy procedure? 
— A.S., Philadelphia

A: The gold standard for the initial diagnosis of a breast abnormality is still the needle biopsy. That said, there is a new technique known as “elastography” that, when added to a breast ultrasound study, can help distinguish between cancer and benign breast lesions.

Elastography improves upon traditional ultrasonography by measuring the compressibility and mechanical properties of a breast mass. Since malignant breast masses tend to be stiffer than surrounding healthy tissue or cysts, a more compressible mass on elastography is less likely to be cancerous.

As part of an ongoing seven-year study conducted at the Charing Cross Hospital Breast Unit in London, 179 patients underwent breast ultrasound and elastography. …

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HEALTHY EATING: Get diet off to fresh start

By Carolyn O’Neil, for the AJC

Every season brings timely temptations, from Super Bowl Sunday’s snacks to Fourth of July’s fried chicken and ribs. So why not resolve to recognize these waist-widening challenges and learn to apply some slimming strategies when the landscape is fat with indulgent food choices? Research shows that the most successful dieters — those who lose weight and keep it off for the long haul — practice healthy eating and exercise habits all year long.

There’s no time like the present to make a fresh start and begin new healthier eating habits. Here are some FRESH start diet rules to help you lose weight and improve your health in the new year.

Craving pasta? Give it a healthy spin by ordering a small or appetizer portion of whole wheat pasta, along with a salad. Becky Stein/AJC SPECIAL

Craving pasta? Give it a healthy spin by ordering a small or appetizer portion of whole wheat pasta, along with a salad. Becky Stein/AJC SPECIAL

F — Freshen up your food life: Keep fresh fruit and other healthful snacks such as whole-grain crackers, nuts and fresh veggies on hand at home. A handful of …

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