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Medical Tests: The Illusion of Reassurance

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

Tests are increasingly common, visits are increasingly short, and doctors now commonly forego thorough physical examination. Put bluntly, in the exam room we are already doing less talking and touching, and more testing.

When More Medicine Isn't Better

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 10.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Not surprisingly, doctors end up not tolerating uncertainty. In our high-tech era, this means more is done. A patient has seemingly vague symptoms, so the doctor orders some laboratory tests "just to get a baseline."

4 Medical Tests You May Not Need

Posted 06.27.2013 | OWN

By Jessica Girdwain "Is this test really necessary?" That's the question every woman should ask at her next doctor's visit. According to a report...

Study Finds Medicare Recipients Given Too Many Unnecessary Tests

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.20.2012 | Fifty

When is too much of a good thing not so good? A study by Dartmouth College and just published by the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that certa...

To Sleep, Perchance to Snore

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 09.22.2012 | Fifty
Judy Bolton-Fasman

This wasn't the first night I've slept on the floor of a hotel bathroom.

Normal Medical Lab Results Not So Normal

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 06.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

The medical field continues to define health as the absence of disease, an impoverished conceptualization that underlies the most fundamental problems in our health care system.

Study: Malpractice Worries Help Drive Health Costs

AP | STEPHANIE NANO | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK — A substantial number of heart doctors – about one in four – say they order medical tests that might not be needed out of ...

9 In 10 Docs Blame Lawsuit Fears For Overtesting

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO — Ninety percent of physicians surveyed said doctors overtest and overtreat to protect themselves from malpractice lawsuits. That senti...

Tips From A Cancer Survivor To Help Ease Your Fear About Medical Tests

beliefnet.com | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

It's that time of year again for me. Testing time. Ye Annual CAT Scanne. Like the Olde Time Ice Cream Shoppe. But with doctors and isotope-laced Cryst...

Medical Scans Lead To High Doses Of Radiation For Some Patients, Study Finds

nytimes.com | ALEX BERENSON | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

At least four million Americans under age 65 are exposed to high doses of radiation each year from medical imaging tests, according to a new study in ...

A Christmas Present from Israel: A Bloodless Medical Exam

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Karin Kloosterman

Thanks to new research, unnecessary and uncomfortable medical and psychological tests can now be replaced with a pencil and paper -- and can provide a much more accurate forecast.