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815 Overdiagnosed

Health-conscious Americans are constantly urged to be vigilant about going in for screening for diseases ranging from prostate cancer to depression to osteoporosis. How helpful is this type of screening? Our guest argues that not all screening should be considered prevention, and suggests that some of this screening is making us sick.
Guest: H. Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH, is Professor of Medicine and Community and Family Medicine and Co-director of the VA Outcomes Group at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.
Dr. Welch is the author of Should I Be Tested for Cancer?: Maybe Not and Here’s Why, and Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health ( with Dr. Lisa Schwartz and Dr. Steven Woloshin).
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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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