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Are Doctors Ordering The Right Diagnostic Tests?

In many cases, no. Pathologist Brian Jackson brings up some good points on unnecessary testing. He cites PSA test screening for prostate cancer. By itself, the test is $20, but false positives can lead to an unnecessary $1,000 prostate biopsy or $10,000 prostatectomy.

Currently, both financial and legal incentives propel doctors to order more tests, whether they are needed or not. Removing both these drivers will be the most effective way to clamp down on unnecessary testing.

Reported by Kevin M.D. Medical blog.

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Forty Percent of Bottled Water Is Tap Water

Millions of Americans seem to think that bottled water is healthier than the tap, but as Thalia Assuras reports, tap water is regulated more strictly and may be better for you. Also the research shows that 40 percent of the bottled water actually comes out of taps, including Aquafina, Dasani and Pure LIfe.

Consumers think bottled water is safe, but it's actually the opposite. The accompanying material says that it's a scam. Tap water has to be tested more often than the bottled water. The companies don't test the water once it's bottled and you really don't know what you are getting.

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