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  •  apparently, one of the reasons was because a (2+ / 0-)
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    false test causes "anxiety."  Well, as Gail Collins said, "We can handle anxiety."  

    This really gets to me; it feels like the bad old days.  

    •  Was there a similar (2+ / 0-)
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      study about regular prostate exams?

      Or should guys just risk prostate cancer because screening might make them "anxious"?

      I mean, it's vital to develop little blue pills, but covering stuff like birth control, mammograms, pap smears, well, we need to save money now, don't we?

      Depends on the type of plumbing you have, I guess.

      "Balance" does not mean giving the same weight to a lie as you do to the truth.

      by delphine on Fri Nov 20, 2009 at 08:54:45 AM PST

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      •  Actually yes. I think you can find your own links (3+ / 0-)
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        but a very similar finding came out. Yes, the PSA test is now being disparaged.

        Please see my post on this page about why I distrust all these findings. I don't distrust the science, I just think the (very real) negative consequences are inflated by our lousy health-care system, and recommendations to mitigate the avoidable negatives should be included in every one of these recommendations as well.

    •  The news media (1+ / 0-)
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      really played up the anxiety angle. In the actual recommendations, anxiety was a minor afterthought. Reminds me of a study about 15 years ago on the relationship between people's occupations and how honest they were perceived as. The finding the researchers were most interested in and found most remarkable was that low-paid workers were generally perceived as dishonest and high-paid workers were perceived as honest. The media, OTOH, completely perseverated on the minor (and totally expected) finding that people didn't admire criminals: "Crime doesn't pay, says study."

      There is nothing so practical as a good theory—Kurt Lewin

      by ebohlman on Fri Nov 20, 2009 at 09:55:28 AM PST

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    •  I can't handle it (0+ / 0-)

      Honest, I can't describe how stressful my false positive was. You might not react that way. It affected me for a long time.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Fri Nov 20, 2009 at 01:30:41 PM PST

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