Friday, June 4, 2010

Medicines and Treatments That Patients Don't Need

Unnecessary testing, unwarranted treatment, excessive prescriptions are some of the ways that medical practice in the US is ruining our lives, says Dr.Joseph Mercola.

A journal published by the American Medical Association is taking a hard look at the perils of extra tests and treatments. Too many tests can often lead to unnecessary treatments or even hurt the patient.

"Less Is More" will become a feature in the Archives of Internal Medicine. It will examine treatments that expanded to the point where the risks of the treatment outweigh benefits.

According to ABC News:

“Studies in the current issue look at potential risks of proton-pump inhibitors, which were originally designed for gastric reflux but now are used for conditions as mild as heartburn.” Read more

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