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Consumer Reports Survey Shows Some Heart Tests Not Needed

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A survey by Consumer Reports magazine suggests many healthy adults are getting screening tests for heart disease that they don't need.

Forty-four percent of healthy adults surveyed reported that they had received at least one heart screening test, such as an electrocardiogram or exercise stress test, which show limited evidence of effectiveness in low or normal risk patients.

Consumer Reports evaluated whether the benefits of nine common heart screening tests, based on guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, outweigh the potential harms. 

Blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose received the highest ratings for most adults. 

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Women Enjoy Reading Celebrity Gossip

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Reading gossip about celebrities is apparently a weekly habit for more than 50 percent of America's women, according to a new survey.  A survey of 1,281 women ages 18 to 35 reveals that more than 50 percent of respondents read celebrity gossip at least once per week, including seven percent who claim they're addicted.  Just 16 percent of women claim they never read celebrity news.

Additional survey findings:

  • 60 percent of women prefer to read about a celebrity's successful comeback while 40 percent would rather read about their downfall.
  • 46 percent of women enjoy reading about a celebrity's party lifestyle, but 54 percent would rather read about a star's charity work.
  • Gossip magazines and websites are the top two preferred sources of celebrity gossip for women, with 34 percent and 32 percent of women rating them as their primary sources, respectively.
  • Just five percent of women get their celebrity gossip from daily newspapers.
  • Nearly 70 percent of women catch up on celebrity news and gossip in their homes, while 33 percent do so in doctor's offices.
  • Some 27 percent of women polled read celebrity gossip in the workplace, while 23 percent get their celebrity news in beauty salons.  Thirteen percent of women read celebrity news while in an airport or traveling on a plane.

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Majority Willing to Put a Price On Medical Predictions, Survey Says  

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BOSTON) – Researchers at Tufts Medical Center have found in a study that nearly 76 percent of people would be willing to pay to take a hypothetical predictive test to find out if they will develop Alzheimer’s disease, breast or prostate cancer, or arthritis later in life. Depending on the disease and the accuracy of the test, respondents said they would be willing to pay anywhere from $300 to $600 for information on their health.

The study, published in the online journal Health Economics, found that in most cases people would be willing to pay for the “value of knowing” even if the tests were not entirely accurate. The survey examined just fewer than 1,500 people.

"This study brings us a step closer to understanding people's preferences and motivations for wanting a diagnostic test, even if it has no bearing on subsequent medical treatment. While we have to proceed cautiously in this area, given that tests have costs and risks as well as benefits, our study suggests that many people value information — both for its own sake and because they will adjust lifestyle and behavior choices accordingly,” said lead author Peter J. Neumann, ScD, director of the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center.

Neumann’s assertions were validated by the results of the study. Just over half of the individuals surveyed said that if given positive test results, they would spend more time with their loved ones. Arranging finances was a priority for 48 percent of people and traveling was of prime importance for 31 percent of respondents.

The study informed participants that their costs for these tests would not be covered by medical insurance. As the income level of the respondents rose, so did the amount of money they were willing to pay for the evaluations.

"By taking into account all implications of these tests — including the risks, costs, potential cost offsets, and the value they have outside of medical outcomes — we can build better policies and make better decisions about coverage and reimbursement, so that we may more accurately reflect patient preferences and appropriate uses of societal resources," said Neumann.

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New Survey Shows Americans Still Trust Their Doctors

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(PRINCETON, N.J.) -- Despite the volubility of medical advice -- both online and around the world -- Americans still seem to trust their doctors and rarely seek a second opinion after their first diagnosis. The latest results from Gallup's annual Health and Healthcare Survey show that 70 percent of Americans trust their doctor's word and see no need to seek additional information or other opinions.

This information contradicts what Gallup describes as doctors' complaints about their patients not trusting their opinions and spending hours surfing online medical sites. The poll shows that the eldery are especially sure of their doctor's diagnoses and medical advice. It also reveals that patients with college or graduate degrees do not necessarily doubt their doctors more than anyone else.

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