nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Monday, November 1, 2010

Govt Medical Task Force Cancels Scheduled Meeting On Eve Of Election

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) cancelled their scheduled meeting for today, where they planned to vote against prostate cancer screening, due to unspecified "scheduling conflicts."

Testing for prostate specific antigen (PSA) has been somewhat controversial for twenty years.  The task force was going to put the test into the "not recommended for any age" category.  It currently is in the "not recommended for over age 75, but inconclusive benefit for under 75,"

One physician on the task force has announced he will resign, because "politics trumped science." (see WSJ Health Blog, 1 Nov)

Why would he say that?

Consider the following two things:
1.  Remember all the hoopla over the USPSTF's announcement to re-consider mammography, potentially recommending against screening in the 40-50 age group?  All the "death panel" allegations, stories of women whose cancer was detected in their 40's, etc.?
2.  There's a mid-term election tomorrow that doesn't bode well for the Obama administration.

Coincidence? Maybe...But, the USPSTF has no comment, or clarification, about what the scheduling conflict was.

So, let's wait for more facts.

Doc D

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