Any classroom in which the children’s ages span 12 months is likely to have a wide range of normal behavior, the researchers stress.
Less than 1 in 5 women know that the benefits of routine mammograms are often overstated, while the risks — overdiagnosis and overtreatment — are downplayed.
The campaign’s purpose is to help all of us make more rational, evidence-based and, ultimately, safer decisions about our health care.
In the United States, more than 250,000 adults aged 65 and older are admitted to hospitals for hip fractures each year, the CDC says.
“Transformation is what’s needed, not just reform, and the first step is gathering people who are prepared to imagine a better system,” writes Shannon Brownlee.
This finding adds support to those who say we need to revamp our pay-for-service model of delivering health care if we want to keep costs under control.
Factors in the global spread of ADHD diagnoses and treatment include drug-marketing efforts and the Internet.
The number of thyroidectomies being done in the U.S. has also climbed dramatically — by 60 percent between 1996 and 2006.
The study also estimates that the radiation exposure associated with inappropriate cardiac stress testing with imaging leads each year to almost 500 future cases of cancer.
“Pre-diabetes is an artificial category with virtually zero clinical relevance,” says Dr. John Yudkin.
The scans can “glow just as brightly in someone with a normal brain as in someone with dementia,” says a leading expert in nuclear imaging.
Dr. Allen Frances, professor emeritus at Duke University, takes the entire medical community to task for overtesting, overdiagnosing and overtreating.