Private Practice: Home health-test sales swell

Home health-test sales swell

For years the thermometer was the lone device in most homes for checking a family's health. If a woman thought she was pregnant, she talked to her gynecologist. If a man had chest pains, he consulted a cardiologist. If someone was a diabetic, he visited an internist who could check the sugar content of his blood.

Today, however, health tests designed for home use make it possible to identify and monitor many conditions without seeing the doctor. Uncomplicated do-it-yourself tests can be routinely obtained without prescription in drugstores across the U.S. For diabetics, Miles Laboratories makes the $150 Glucometer, which registers...

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