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Health News: The Most Controversial Stories Of 2011

First Posted: 12/10/2011 10:31 am Updated: 12/14/2011 9:49 am

By Amanda MacMillan

If there's one thing you can say about 2011 from a health point of view, it's that it wasn't boring!

From killer vitamins to Charlie Sheen's excesses to scientists flip-flopping on the dangers of cell phones and salt, our heads are spinning as we sort through the headlines.

Here are our picks for the year's most buzz-worthy stories.

Are PSA Screenings For Prostate Cancer Actually Hurting Men?
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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force made waves in October when it recommended that the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer be given a "D" rating and no longer used. The screening has saved few, if any, lives over the years, the task force said, and treatments for slow-growing cancers sometimes uncovered by the tests can result in debilitating side effects. The Prostate Cancer Foundation, however, called the decision a "tremendous mistake."

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