NO RUSH After a positive biopsy for prostate cancer, surgical removal of the prostate does not need to be performed immediately, according to a report in the journal BJU International.

"Most surgeons prefer to wait a minimum of two months after the biopsy before surgery to allow the post-biopsy inflammation to resolve," said James A. Eastham of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. "Such a wait does not influence outcomes."

Eastham and associates examined data on nearly 4,000 consecutive patients who had a radical prostatectomy within a year of diagnosis. They found that time between biopsy and surgery did not affect recurrence.

"Take time to gather the information needed to make an informed decision" based on the patient's age, health and preferences, Eastham advised. "Taking the time to gather this information will not have a negative impact on outcomes."

UNSURPRISING FINDINGS, CONT'D People offered large meals will eat them day after day -- except for the vegetables, says a study released at an obesity meeting.

Experts have pointed to large food portions, such as "supersized" fast-food meals, as a culprit in the U.S. obesity epidemic.

"I think it's quite obvious we need innovative strategies to limit the impact of portion size on intake," said author Barbara Rolls of Pennsylvania State University.

The study tracked the eating of about two dozen men and women for 11 days. They consistently ate more when offered large meals, veggies excepted.

"As someone who had been pushing fruits and vegetables for weight reduction, I find this quite discouraging," Rolls said.

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