News that Vexes

News that Vexes

It's so tiresome to read 'new studies' that reveal Smoking, Stress or Obesity are Bad for you. Yet these studies appear all the time. It's time to take back the newswire from so-called Scientists!

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Yahoo! News - False-Positive Cancer Screening Results Costly:

"Screening for cancer quite often produces a false-positive result, and this can lead to costly -- and ultimately unnecessary -- follow-up testing, according to a new report."
Hmm, where to begin with this story? I mean come on, a false-positive can lead to unnecessary follow-up testing? Uh, that's like the definition of false-positive....

Another rich bit: individuals with false-positive results had significantly higher medical expenditures than those without such results, the researchers note. "the researchers note". I wish they had qualified the word 'researchers' with "rocket-scientist" or "brainiac".

I guess what bugs me the most is the lack of regard for the mental well being of the patient who's just been [falsely] diagnosed with cancer! No, instead the researchers find that it's costly!


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