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Is This Test Really Necessary?

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The Star Tribune newspaper finally – 10 days after I submitted it – published my op-ed piece countering a feature story entitled, How To Be A Screen Queen. I give the paper credit for publishing my response, although they edited my submission and did not share with me in advance what the final published version would be. This is more than a little troubling to me – since what was published was not what I submitted.

One thing they left out was the broader context of such media advocacy pieces crusading for screening tests in the absence of the best evidence, something I reported on in a piece entitled, “Unhealthy Advocacy: Journalists & Health Screening Tests.”

I’m going to continue to track news coverage of health screening tests and will continue to report on the results on this blog and in whatever venue I can find.

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