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Health briefs. PSA tests can be alarming

Men who undergo a biopsy that rules out prostate cancer might still experience severe anxiety because the procedure can result in pain or bleeding, researchers have found. The findings add to growing criticism of prostate cancer screening using the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. Critics say the test is unnecessary and potentially harmful, given that many men with the cancer will have a slow-growing form of the disease that may never prove fatal. The results of a PSA test often are followed by biopsy. In the new study, even those men who received a negative biopsy report often felt alarm or worry due to pain at the incision site or blood in their urine, stool or ejaculate, the British researchers reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.


Smokers are most likely to think about kicking their habit on Mondays, according to a new study, and this finding may help boost the effectiveness of anti-smoking campaigns. For the study, the investigators monitored online searches about quitting smoking that were conducted in English, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish worldwide between 2008 and 2012. The results showed that people searched about quitting smoking more often early in the week. The number of searches on Mondays was 25 percent higher than the combined average number of searches on Tuesday through Sunday, according to the study, which was published last week in journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

-- HealthDay