One aspect of the downfall of Theranos is the blood-testing company’s leveraging of the Do-It-Yourself ethos to promote its product. Theranos provides consumers with a menu of more than 200 low-cost diagnostic blood tests for an array of drugs, ailments, deficiencies and diseases. It’s legal to order blood tests without consulting a doctor in about two dozen states. But should you?

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Six part health issue focusing on cancer. Part One: The Improvisational Oncologist, In an era of rapidly proliferating, precisely targeted treatments, every cancer case has to be played by ear

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About 380,000 babies are born too soon every year in the United States, a preterm birth rate that’s far higher than most high-income, developed countries. Even with so many families facing the realities of a premature child, predicting the long-term health of a baby is difficult, and doctors have an even tougher time talking about those predictions with parents

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The quest for firm answers is not what medicine is all about

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A devil beset by details.
Angelina Jolie’s openness about her preventative mastectomy highlights the need for more accessible genetic testing and counseling

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Reluctance to return results has less to do with questioning people’s ability to understand uncertain risk than the irresponsibility of giving out info that doctors and researchers don’t fully understand themselves

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