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One blood test to diagnose diabetes? HealthDay doesn’t address harms of overdiagnosis and overtreatment
For help understanding medical tests such as these, see our primer: Understanding medical tests: sensitivity, specificity, and positive predictive value.
One Blood Test Might Be Enough to Diagnose Diabetes
A study that may help reduce overtreatment of breast cancer gets solid write-up by Bloomberg
The story also makes clear that this finding is not robust enough to change treatment guidelines yet and that other outcomes, such as quality of life improvement are still being analyzed.
Study Finds More Isn't Better for Roche Breast Cancer Drug
Will a major medical journal’s PR statement contribute to the overtreatment of back pain?
The Annals of Internal Medicine issued a “tip sheet” for journalists last week that a patient advocate for lower back pain believes contributes to medicalization, and may ultimately lead to overtreatment with costly and unproven therapies. The tip sheet came in advance of a study published in this week’s issue of the highly respected journal. The controlled […]2
NIH SPRINT study sparks questions about overtreatment of mild hypertension
Last week the National Institutes of Health (NIH) took the unusual step of announcing the early conclusion of a “landmark” study on managing hypertension. What makes it unusual is that when the NIH made the bold announcement that intensive intervention with a combo of three drugs to reach a new target systolic blood pressure of […]
Five-Star Friday: statins, funeral home death, devices, overtreatment, scorecards
This is our continuing look at excellence in writing about health care. The Five-Star Friday feature won’t appear every Friday, but whenever we can, and whenever we’ve collected enough gems to shine a light on. . -0- Fresh today, we published a criteria-driven 5-star review of a New York Times story, “2 Studies Back Guidelines for […]3 7/29/2013
Cautions on cancer screening, overdiagnosis and overtreatment
Several noteworthy articles in journals today. In JAMA, a breast cancer specialist, a prostate cancer specialist, and an esophogeal cancer specialist co-authored a Viewpoint article, “Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment in Cancer: An Opportunity for Improvement.” Excerpt: “In March 2012, the National Cancer Institute convened a meeting to evaluate the problem of “overdiagnosis,” which occurs when tumors […]5/28/2013
Journal editors decry the paradox of mental health: overtreatment and under-recognition
The editors of the journal PLoS Medicine today published an editorial, “The Paradox of Mental Health: Over-Treatment and Under-Recognition.” Excerpts: “On the one hand is over-treatment and over-medicalization of mental health issues, often fueled by a pharmaceutical industry interested in the broadening of the boundaries of “illness” and in the creation of more and wider […]5/28/2013
Waste & Harm in the Treatment of Mild Hypertension: overtreatment, industry influence
Dr. Iona Heath, a retired general practitioner and member of the UK’s Royal College of General Practitioners, writes in JAMA Internal Medicine‘s “Less Is More” column about “Waste and Harm in the Treatment of Mild Hypertension.” (subscription required for access to full text) This is a topic that receives very little attention. After all, who […]
BMJ special reports on overtreatment
BMJ editor Fiona Godlee published an editor’s note, “Overtreatment, over here,” kicking off a discussion in her journal. She begins: “How much of what we offer to patients is unnecessary? Worse still, how much harm do we do to individuals and society through overtreatment? In the 30 years since Ivan Illich wrote his seminal and, […]4/10/2012
Overview wraps on overtesting, overtreatment, and undercooked nutrition news
The Naked Doctor, aka Justin Coleman, has a mega-wrap of recent news on excessive testing and treatment on the Croakey blog. And on the Columbia Journalism Review blog, “The Observatory,” Curtis Brainard offers a wrap view of “Nutrition Coverage Under Fire: From red meat to white rice, not enough skepticism of observational studies.” His […]2 2/16/2012
Key quotes from Reuters story on overtreatment
Nothing new, just good perspective in a Reuters piece, “Stemming the tide of overtreatment in U.S. healthcare.” And some great quotes. Examples: “I don’t trust professional societies to (set clinical guidelines) because that’s how they make money – by doing tests and procedures,” said MIT healthcare economist Dr. Jonathan Gruber; “When hospitals buy robots they […]1/19/2012
The Naked Doctor: profiling overdiagnosis and overtreatment
We’ve long been admirers of the Croakey blog, run by Melissa Sweet in Australia. Now Croakey has a new project called The Naked Doctor. The site says: Naked Doctor aims to encourage discussion and awareness of the opportunities to do more for health by doing less. It is a compilation of articles, books and other […]4/1/2011
New prostate CA screening study: “the risk for overdetection and overtreatment is considerable”
Here’s the study in the BMJ and an AP story on it. Summary in a BMJ news release: “Analysis did not show significantly longer survival or overall survival for men with prostate cancer in the screened group compared with the control group. And while screening and treating men with detected tumours might reduce deaths specifically […]4 7/26/2010
New data raising concerns over overdiagnosis & overtreatment of prostate cancer
What’s known about the characteristics of men being treated aggressively for prostate cancer? Up to now, not much. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine describes “the first large-scale US population-based study to document the risk profiles and treatment patterns among men with PSA levels of 4.0 ng/mL or lower who were diagnosed […]6/28/2010
AP overtreatment series turns to last 6 months of life
From today’s latest addition to this excellent series: “Americans increasingly are treated to death, spending more time in hospitals in their final days, trying last-ditch treatments that often buy only weeks of time, and racking up bills that have made medical care a leading cause of bankruptcies. More than 80 percent of people who die […]