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Research: Common Knee Surgery May Not be Necessary


New research shows one of the most common forms of knee surgery may not be necessary.

More than 700,000 arthroscopic surgeries to repair torn knee cartilage are done in the U.S. every year, but researchers say this new study shows physical therapy may be just as effective.

They split knee patients into two groups: half had the surgery, and half did not, but were told they did.

After a year of healing and physical therapy, both groups said their knee pain was about the same.

Experts say this shows doctors need to be more selective about who actually needs the surgery.

The research was published in New England Journal of Medicine.

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A government panel has reaffirmed its recommendation that only women at high risk of breast cancer be genetically screened for the disease.


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said in 2005 and again this week that only a limited number of women with  family history of breast cancer should be tested for the mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

Some--but not all of those mutations can increase their cancer risk.

Experts say the problem is there are many mutations of those two genes, and genetic testing can often lead to more questions than answers, causing undue stress for women.

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