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Diagnostic Test Ordering: 4 Questions to Ask

Giving a blood sample, sliding into a scanner, even lying on the stainless steel bed of an x-ray machine — A diagnostic test, while not anyone’s idea of fun, is not that big a deal, right? Those of us in the medical biz are well aware of the risk of harm associated with surgery or other procedures and the expected and unexpected adverse effects of medicines. We tend to forget, though, that diagnostic tests can also cause harm. It’s not the test itself, that is risky, it’s the results — and what we do with them — that can do… Read more »

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Genetic Screening: Another Way to Worry Healthy People?

Last week the Food and Drug Administration approved the marketing of a 23-and-me, a test previously marketed as a way to trace ancestry, for screening individual’s genetic predisposition to certain medical diseases or conditions.

At first glance it might make sense. Screening to know one’s genetic profile for a disease should be helpful, right?

Not so.…Read More »