U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Older, Heavy Smokers Need Annual Lung Scan

Posted on 12/31/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you are age 55 to 80 and either a current or former heavy smoker, getting an annual lung CT scan could cut your risk of death from the nation’s leading cancer killer, according to final guidelines issued this week by a federally appointed panel of experts. Lung cancer kills 160,000 Americans a year, more than the total number of deaths from breast, prostate and colon cancer combined. Catching the cancer early by detecting it on a CT scan could …

I Can’t Believe What I’m Hearing: New Guidelines For Older Ears

Posted on 08/20/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt just seems like common sense: Screening older adults for hearing loss is a cheap, effective, harmless way to determine if their hearing ability has worsened and might be helped with a hearing aid. And yet the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force won’t recommend routine hearing exams for those 50 and older. They won’t even commit to recommending that doctors ask about any hearing problems in older adults. Does this make sense? The task force is a panel of medical …