The Jolie Effect: More Women Consider Cancer Gene Test

Sometimes all it takes is one celebrity’s simple, powerful story to help women realize the health options they have. A new Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey estimates that about 6 million women nationwide said they would seek medical advice on having preventive surgery to lower their cancer risk thanks to movie star Angelina Jolie’s announcement in May that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy. Jolie, 38, said that she also planned to have her ovaries removed after a test revealed that …

Alzheimer’s: Detection Gets Better, But Not Treatment

Some recent breakthroughs on the Alzheimer’s detection front: First, it was announced last week that researchers have discovered a gene mutation that could triple a person’s risk of getting the disease. Then, the New York Times reported on new brain-scan technology – on the market since June and growing in popularity – that can clearly show whether the insidious clumps of brain plaque related to Alzheimer’s are present. While researchers and those who sell scan equipment may be excited about …