Daily Rounds: Rethinking Prostate Screening; Medicare Advantage Axed; Urotrauma Emerges; Segway Owner Dies In Fall; POM Deception

Simplifying the Decision for a Prostate Screening - "The findings also suggest that at least half of men who are now screened after age 60 don’t need to be." (

Harvard Pilgrim cancels Medicare Advantage plan - The Boston Globe "The decision by Wellesley-based Harvard Pilgrim, the state’s second-largest health insurer, was prompted by a freeze in federal reimbursements and a new requirement that insurers offering the kind of product sold by Harvard Pilgrim — a Medicare Advantage private fee for service plan — form a contracted network of doctors who agree to participate for a negotiated amount of money. Under current rules, patients can seek care from any doctor." (Boston Globe)

Congress asked for study of urological war wounds - Health - Some soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan "are surviving with serious, debilitating injuries to the genitals or urinary system, according to the American Urological Association. The group is concerned that medical personnel may not be properly trained to handle such injuries — known collectively as urotrauma. It wants a national commission to investigate the injuries, find better treatments and design better body armor to protect against roadside bombs." (MSNBC)

Segway owner dies after falling off river cliff - "The body of 62-year-old Jimi Heselden and a Segway personal transporter were found in the River Wharfe and he was pronounced dead at the scene, West Yorkshire Police said." (Boston Globe)

Regulators Call Health Claims in Pom Juice Ads Deceptive - "The F.T.C. charged Pom Wonderful, which markets the juice, and the company’s owners, billionaire philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick of Los Angeles, with making false and unsubstantiated claims about the power of their pomegranate elixir." (The New York Times)

This program aired on September 28, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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