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Cancer Establishment Admits We're Getting Overtested and Overtreated

I've complained in previous columns about excessive medical testing, which leads to unnecessary treatment and drives up health care costs. Overtesting helps explain why health-care costs for Americans are much higher than in any other nation, whereas our health ranking is low, roughly equivalent to that of Cubans.The medical establishment is gradually acknowledging these hard facts, as indicated by a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association : "Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment in Cancer: An Opportunity for Improvement." The article was written by a working group formed by the American Cancer Institute last year "to develop a strategy to improve the current approach to cancer screening and prevention."The three authors state: "Over the past 30 years, awareness and screening have led to an emphasis on early diagnosis of cancer...

August 5, 2013 — John Horgan

Cultured Beef: Do We Really Need a $380,000 Burger Grown in Petri Dishes?

For the first time, the public has been treated to the spectacle of lab-grown meat cooked and eaten via live Webcast. Backed by Google billionaire Sergey Brin, Dutch tissue engineer Mark Post unveiled his “cultured beef” at a press event on August 5, answering the question posed by a 2011 Scientific American feature: “When Will [...]..

August 5, 2013 — David Biello

Fuel for Thought: Travels in Tanzania

Mambo from Tanzania! We’ve been living and working in northern Tanzania for a little over a month now, building a kiln, getting quite muddy, experimenting with traditional Tanzanian cooking, and filling ourselves with Swahili...

August 5, 2013 — Rachel Margolese

Khalil’s Picks (2 August 2013)

This week in awesome: – Viewpoint: Plug ‘leaky pipeline’ for women in science by Suzi Gage On Tuesday 16 July, about 100 people with an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (also known as Stem) gathered in a boardroom in central London, armed with coffee and pastries...

STAFFAugust 2, 2013 — Khalil A. Cassimally

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