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AP overtreatment series leads to the ER
The Associated Press looks at fears of lawsuits leading to overtesting in the latest of its series. Excerpt: “Fast decisions on life-and-death cases are the bread and butter of hospital emergency rooms. Nowhere do doctors face greater pressures to overtest and overtreat.” The AP now offers a multimedia interactive that allows you to scroll over […]6/8/2010
Part 2 in AP series on overtreatment: back pain
AP’s six-part series on overtreatment in U.S. health care turns to back pain and spine surgery with a great lead line, “Why did they cut on you?” It was a question a spine surgeon asked a man who came to him still in severe pain after an earlier back operation. Except: “Even though only a […]6/7/2010
AP: Overtreatment – more medical care isn't always better
The Associated Press, which sometimes may be viewed as only reacting to breaking news of the day, today published a timely and timeless feature explaining: “Anywhere from one-fifth to nearly one-third of the tests and treatments we get are estimated to be unnecessary, and avoidable care is costly in more ways than the bill: It […]3/12/2010
A week of news on overtesting, overtreatment, need for informed patients
I was struck by the recurring themes in this week’s health news and planned to blog about it today. But Lindsey Tanner of AP beat me to it with her story, “Experts say US doctors overtesting, overtreating.” She begins: “Too much cancer screening, too many heart tests, too many cesarean sections. A spate of recent […]
Suffering sciatica! How 2 stories on same study reported with different emphases
This week we were presented with another opportunity to see how the framing of stories about medical studies matters. Are results reported almost unquestioningly, with an emphasis on potential benefits but with few or no caveats or limitations? Or is the potential benefit of the results presented right alongside potential limitations – with caveats and […]
A machine-versus-doctors fixation masks important questions about artificial intelligence
Next time you go to the doctor, remember to bring your genome card. What, you don’t have one? Of course you don’t. Wallet-sized cards containing a person’s genetic code don’t exist. Yet they were envisioned in a 1996 Los Angeles Times article, which predicted that by 2020 the makeup of a person’s genome would drive […]
Breast center marketing pitch via reporter’s live-streamed mammogram was a bad idea
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over for another year. But it’s not too late to reflect on, and learn from, one of the most troublesome breast center marketing ideas in recent memory. As described in stories all over the globe, including in the Washington Post, the NBC Today Show website, People magazine, Adweek, and Fox News, a […]
Men’s Health Month is a medical marketing marvel
As a kid, I remember the song, “June is bustin’ out all over” from the musical Carousel. These days, June is Men’s Health Month, and with it comes some helpful reminders. But Twitter is bustin’ out all over with balderdash, baloney and BS on many men’s health topics. If you visit the #MensHealthMonth hashtag on […]
Props to NPR for highlighting the need for balanced decision-making around statins
This story could have provided a bit more on costs, alternatives, and how this study was performed.
Before Starting A Statin, Talk It Over With Your Doctor
Podcast: The polluted stream of health care information
As health care information flows from its source to the general public there are several opportunities for contamination. Who is doing this? And how?
News release touts universal blood test for cancer, but what about overdiagnosis?
It’s important to keep in mind that all cancer screening tests carry risks.
'Universal' blood test for earlier diagnosis of cancer moves closer to market
AP offers strong reporting about the evidence for a drug treatment for moderate bone loss
This story did a good job of explaining the findings and the quality of evidence.
Study suggests more older women may benefit from bone drugs
What did journalists overlook about the Apple Watch ‘heart monitor’ feature?
If you were lucky and spent last week on a secluded beach with no internet access (a girl can dream), you might have missed the news that the new Apple Watch Series 4 includes an FDA-cleared heart monitor function with an electrocardiogram (ECG). Otherwise, you probably didn’t miss it. Dozens upon dozens upon dozens of […]
Screening: How overdiagnosis and other harms can undermine the benefits
“Screening saves lives.” We’ve all seen that seductive message. The idea behind screening — catching disease early when it’s easiest to treat — sounds good, but it can be misleading. Screening means testing people who don’t have signs or symptoms of the disease. It might save some people from a fate such as dying of […]4
Too Much Medicine: A small medical conference with a big impact
The Too Much Medicine (TMM) conference is small, but has a potentially huge impact. We cover plenty of medical conferences about heart disease, cancer, and dementia (to name a few) that trigger tsunamis of media coverage because they –quite obviously and understandably — affect millions of people and involve grave outcomes. But the TMM conference, wrapping […]