Dr. Mark Mewissen, MD

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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Emergency Medicine:

    TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly all emergency room doctors surveyed order pricey MRIs or CT scans their patients may not need, mainly because they fear malpractice lawsuits, according to a new report.

    Of 435 ER physicians who completed the survey, 97 percent admitted to...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have developed a new scoring system to help identify seniors who are at high risk for memory and thinking problems that might lead to dementia.

    "Our goal is to identify memory issues at the earliest possible stages," wrote...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Orthopedics:

    TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most current guidelines suggest that when seniors report new back pain to their primary care physician they should quickly be sent for diagnostic imaging, such as CT scans or MRIs.

    But a new study suggests that early imaging may actually be a wa...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As many as one of every four breast tissue biopsies tested for cancer may have been incorrectly diagnosed by pathologists taking part in a study to test their skills.

    The pathologists did well at identifying invasive breast cancer, but they stru...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    SUNDAY, March 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that CT scans may help doctors do a better job of diagnosing heart disease in patients with chest pain, compared to standard tests.

    A Scottish team found that CT scans seemed to spot more heart problems and allowed doctors ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    SATURDAY, March 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In the first head-to-head study of its kind, researchers say that CT scans may offer some advantages over traditional "functional stress tests" for people with symptoms of heart disease.

    As explained in a news release from the American College ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The overuse of expensive medical imaging such as MRI and CT scans is an ongoing cause of concern. Now, a study finds that if you're an American with low-risk prostate or breast cancer, your odds for getting an unnecessary scan vary based on where you

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Radiology:

    THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Boosting older adults' colon cancer screening rates to 80 percent by 2018 would lead to 21,000 fewer deaths from the cancer each year in the United States by 2030, a new study suggests.

    Colon cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in the Uni...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Radiology:

    WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary research in mice raises the possibility that an ultrasound-based treatment might help eliminate plaque buildup in the brain that's associated with Alzheimer's disease.

    Scientists don't know whether the approach is feasible for hum...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- British researchers say they've identified the area of the brain linked to pain intensity.

    The University of Oxford team used a new imaging technique to observe how different levels of pain affected the brains of 17 volunteers. Activity in only on...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    MONDAY, March 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Brain plaque buildup, long linked to the onset of Alzheimer's disease, has been identified in the brains of men and women as young as 20, researchers say.

    "One thing this means is that the resource, the machinery, for ma...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The area of the colon where a cancer develops may play a role in a patient's survival, a new study suggests.

    Researchers report that people with colon cancer that started in the left colon may be more likely to survive than those whose disease or...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Survival rates are improving for many people with cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, liver and colon or rectum, especially for those diagnosed at younger ages, a new study reports.

    Cancer is still a leading cause of death in the United State...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Addiction Medicine:

    MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Disturbing images on cigarette warning labels have a significant effect on smokers' brains, according to a new study.

    "You want warning messages to be memorable," study co-author Daniel Romer, associate director of the A...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The eye's optic nerve may provide clues to a stroke patient's survival, a new study indicates.

    The research focuses on the sheath surrounding the optic nerve, which connects the eye and the brain. Using ultrasound to measure the thickness of t...Full Article