Can screenings be too much of a good thing?

Medicare reimburses for cancer and other screenings as part of routine care for older adults. Of course, the goal is to catch diseases in their earliest, most treatable stages. But can preventive care become too much of a good thing? For years, evidence has grown about wasted Medicare dollars on needless screenings. The Center for […]

Mark Cuban’s bad health advice shows importance of explaining screenings to public

If you’ve missed the bizarre Twitter debate between billionaire businessman and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban versus all the health and medical experts online who cared to engage, it’s worth catching up. Cuban’s comments are key to understanding one of the most important paradigm shifts going on in American health care: the use of data to […]

Task force makes recommendations on cognitive screenings

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued recommendations on Tuesday on the value of routine cognitive screening for older adults, concluding “the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for cognitive impairment.” The task force said there was inadequate direct evidence on the benefits, and that several drug […]

Cover the science behind screenings, preventive health recommendations

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force often finds itself in the news when determining what works and doesn’t work in screenings and preventive care. It told healthy women not to bother with calcium and vitamin D pills, said many women could wait on mammograms until age 50 and recently clarified who might benefit from regular lung cancer […]

Covering news about screenings, preventive health recommendations

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force just released a recommendation that pregnant women be screened for gestational diabetes, even if they have not been previously diagnosed with type 1 or 2 diabetes. The task force often finds itself in the news when determining what works and doesn’t work in screenings and preventive care. Previously, it told healthy women not to […]

Hockey, theater tickets for prostate screenings

Gary Schwitzer, professor at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication and publisher of HealthNewsReview.org, writes about the Roswell Park Cancer Institute‘s promotion of its “Prostate Club for Men,” complete with prizes for men who discuss screening. As Schwitzer points out, there is no mention of the potential harms of prostate cancer […]