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CRE superbug: Medical experts evaluate the response to and implications of outbreak

An outbreak of an antibiotic resistant bacteria (CRE) occurred at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center infecting almost 180 patients. The culprit was a medical device, an duodenoscope which is like an endoscope and inserted in the throat.

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6 Questions to Ask Before Getting a CT scan or X-ray

I was shocked to learn that 15,000 people are estimated to die each year because of cancers caused by the radiation in CT scans.

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Report: Where You Live Shapes Kids’ Care

New study by the Dartmouth Atlas Project finds that, in the states of northern New England at least, where a child lives influences the kind of care that child receives. And some of the differences are dramatic and contributing to the widespread problem of medical overtreatment.

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North Texas doctor fined over unneeded stent implants

Dallas Morning News reports: The Texas Medical Board has fined a McKinney heart doctor for implanting unnecessary stents into cardiac patients, according to records released by the board.

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Preventing Overdiagnosis: Consumer Reports participates in a groundbreaking conference to address a growing healthcare problem

People immediately understand misdiagnosis, but the concept of overdiagnosis can be harder to grasp, especially when stories of people getting bad or inadequate care dominates headlines. When it comes to healthcare, is there any harm in getting too much?

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Consumer Reports participates in a groundbreaking conference to address a growing healthcare problem

Consumer Reports staff attended the 2013 Preventing Overdiagnosis conference hosted by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, in partnership with the BMJ, Consumer Reports, and Bond University. Learn more about our work to educate consumers on the problem of overdiagnosis and overtreatment in healthcare.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. federal judge lifts ban on public access to Medicare data

Amazing step forward for transparency. Doctors and hospitals that overtreat can be identified publicly now.

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Why Rating Your Doctor Is Bad For Your Health

Kai Falkenberg for Forbes: “Many doctors, in order to get high ratings (and a higher salary), overprescribe and overtest, just to “satisfy” patients, who probably aren’t qualified to judge their care. And there’s a financial cost, as flawed survey methods and the decisions they induce, produce billions more in waste.”

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Prostate Patients Suffer as Money Overwhelms Best Therapy

Bloomberg’s Kevin Thrash reports on some urologists in Monterey County, California, who are being investigated by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for possibly putting profits ahead of patients.

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Video: Harms of Overtreatment

Investigative journalist Jeanne Lenzer with British Medical Journal investigates overtreatment at the heart of healthcare. Overly aggressive treatment is estimated to cause 30 000 deaths among Medicare recipients alone each year. Overall, unnecessary interventions are estimated to account for 10-30% of spending on healthcare in the US.

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