What to do about too much medical information?

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  • Updated: December 12, 2013 - 6:49 PM

Incidental findings arise often in testing and research, and we still need a patient-friendly way to handle the sharing of such results.

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luzhishenDec. 12, 1311:22 PM

The problem is the Press, which breathlessly reports every bit of corporate PR as some sort of breakthrough. Check out the last week's coverage of medical devices in this paper for examples. The press needs stories, the companies provide them, and you lap it up.

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davehougDec. 13, 1312:38 PM

What to do with life-altering information comes up more often than expected. I read of a scientist studying genetic defects who could look at a child's face and know there were very high odds the child had this defect. SHOULD he tell the parents (strangers on the street) it would be useful to have their child tested??? If early treatment was helpful, hopeless??? What burden does it place on the parents to be told, for the scientist to bite his tongue???

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WaterBunkerDec. 13, 13 3:39 PM

This is a well written and reasoned article. Obviously there are many complex issues. But when dealing with my health or the health of family members, I do not recall ever having too much information. All of my health decisions should be made by me and how do I make the best decision if someone withholds information? A doctor on the street has no responsibility to advise me, but anyone with a medical relationship with me does.

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