2 pieces on overdiagnosis – including self-diagnosis

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I’m in my element, among 600 or so attendees at the Association of Health Care Journalists’ annual conference in Atlanta.  But, as a result, I only have time today to point you to a couple of interesting pieces:

A Reuters special report on how an aggressive campaign for esophageal cancer screening feeds overdiagnosis debate.

On the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, “How WebMD convinces us we’re dying.”

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Greg Pawelski

April 20, 2012 at 11:37 am

Online hypochondria is not that much different than imaging studies, which are ladened with CYA impressions/interpretations. If patients take each and every one of them literally, they’d find out they are more doomed than they actually are. If you look long and hard enough for anything, you’ll eventually fine something! They call them American Pickers.

Greg Pawelski

April 20, 2012 at 11:37 am

Online hypochondria is not that much different than imaging studies, which are ladened with CYA impressions/interpretations. If patients take each and every one of them literally, they’d find out they are more doomed than they actually are. If you look long and hard enough for anything, you’ll eventually fine something! They call them American Pickers.