Published on October 5, 2013 at 7:10 AM
The Washington Post: Sometimes 'Unnecessary' Medical Tests Save Lives
A few months ago, my 65-year-old mother had "screening" blood tests, which showed inflammation of the liver. She was healthy and had no symptoms of liver disease. The cause of the inflammation was unclear. To investigate, doctors ordered more tests. As a physician, I have seen how excessive testing can lead to worry and more tests. That seemed to be transpiring -; but this time, the patient was my mother (Jason H. Wasfy, 10/3).
The Wall Street Journal: A Sound Bite Can Save A Child's Life
On Monday, hundreds of people with rare diseases will gather with medical researchers, pharmaceutical executives and life-sciences investors in Bethesda, Md., for the annual U.S. Conference on Rare Diseases and Orphan Products. For the patients and their parents-;about two-thirds of those who have rare diseases are children-;it will be a singular opportunity to capture the attention of someone who might be able to make a lifesaving difference (Mary Dunkle, 10/3).
This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.