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Annual checkups overrated

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The Chicago Tribune today has a good story about how annual medical checkups are overrated. As the story explains:

That’s because there is scant scientific evidence showing that yearly checkups help prevent disease, death or disability for adults with no symptoms. Many tests and procedures performed during the visits have questionable value, experts say.

When many journalists continue to push checkups and screening tests in the absence of good evidence, it is refreshing to see an evidence-based story like this.

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