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Understanding Test Characteristics
By Aaron E. Carroll MD
Does a positive test mean that you have a disease? Does a negative test mean you’re healthy? Unfortunately, the answer to both these questions isn’t a definitive “yes”. How good a test is depends on many things.


Healthcare Triage: Frequent Lab Testing Isn’t Very Useful

A couple of weeks ago, Mark Cuban got into an interesting debate with much of the health wonk Twitter community (including me) over whether more lab testing is better. It began when he advocated that everyone get quarterly lab testing:

While I’m a fan of Cuban’s Shark Tank, and I respect his business acumen immensely, there are a couple of things wrong with this. It’s worth discussing them in detail. We’re going to do that here today, on Healthcare Triage.


For those of you who want to read more, here you go:


Healthcare Triage: Frequent Lab Testing Isn’t Very Useful



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