Author: <span class="vcard">Deborah Baker</span>

nsa_screens001_16x9The National Security Agency’s Surveillance programs were alienated until now by presidential candidates, but the scenario is quickly changing now. The ISIS attack on Paris has given a new dimension to national security and electronic privacy. The former Florida governor Jeb Bush sought a restoration of the metadata program as it expires in a few months that is a part of the Patriot Act. He added that it is a safety tool. The NSA program stores hundreds of thousands of phone records and Obama passed a law that will now remove data from the government’s clutches that will happen later this month.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida had a different view. Calling it a mistake he said to the Wall Street Journal forum that the key issue is voting and informed that two of his colleagues especially Senator Cruz voted against US intelligence programs. Rubio added that such an act will only make America vulnerable. Ted Cruz’s role in the debate on metadata changes was crucial. During the debate, he said that the constitution lays privacy rights in the Fourth Amendment and as far as national security is concerned important tools are maintained. Moreover, it is not a surprise that domestic surveillance has become a hot campaign topic says Vladeck editor of National Security blog.

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42-26585348The debate continues on how often men screen for prostate cancer. Since 2012, the US Preventive Services Task Force has recommended doctors and patients against the regular screening of prostate cancer. This was welcome by few doctors who feel that it can reduce false alarms and unwanted treatment for men. On the other hand, it is feared that would cause more number of deaths due to prostate cancer. The reason being the tumor would be unfound until the disease has progressed. In such cases, no one is aware of the result.

Two studies were released on Tuesday that highlights the effects of not undergoing screening. In both these studies, there is a sharp drop in prostate cancer testing and there is also a fall in men diagnosed with the disease. Commenting on the recommendation Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at American Cancer Society informs that people did not take the recommendations of the USPSTK seriously. The test for prostate cancer called prostate specific antigen that test for the tumor. The protein level in the blood can indicate the tumor. Though, it can be high due to urinary tract infection as well.

According to the recommendations of Task Force, the testing does not reduce death due to prostate cancer and it causes unnecessary discomfort. The reason indicated is that men get treated tumors through radiation, biopsies, and surgery that actually it is not life threatening. In most cases, the treating leaves men incontinent and impotent. In some cases, it can cause life threatening consequences.

The recent research that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association informs that PSA screening fell by 18 percent in men above 50 years in comparison with 2013 when it was 31 percent and 2010 when it was 38 percent. David Penson of Vanderbilt University fears that the recommendation against screening can increase deaths due to prostate cancer.

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