Spin Doctors

Why the latest medical advice might sound unhealthy

Mammograms help you live longer. Or wait; they may not. So discuss the issue with your doctor and decide what's best for you--if you can figure out what that is.

In the medical world, this kind of uncertainty is increasingly common as best practices evolve with every new batch of studies. But with so much conflicting advice, how are patients and doctors supposed to know what's right?

Enter the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a panel of independent experts charged by Congress with sifting through all the studies about health procedures that are designed to prevent disease--many of which are...

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