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Categories: Screening tests


Kudos for university’s restraint in promoting at-home HPV tests for women


Recap of hip fracture screening study takes balanced approach on a serious health issue


Time to retire the Pap test? Strong study recap explores the trade-offs


Balanced summary of iron deficiency research marred by inaccurate headline


Confusing screening and diagnosis, and over-stating the potential impact of a high-tech device for finding cervical cancer


Even casual readers expect more than broad claims about screening tests. Where’s the data?


Test for opioid abuse risk based on problematic evidence


Medical center needed more balance in messages about lung cancer screening initiative


Mayo touts new blood test to improve cardiovascular risk prediction; doesn’t acknowledge that we’ve been down this road before


Lung cancer test based on “a simple blood draw”? There’s no such thing