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Lancet Series Examines Global Over-, Underuse Of Medicine, Medical Procedures

Reuters: Studies find worrying over- and underuse of medicine worldwide
“Up to 70 percent of hysterectomies in the United States, a quarter of knee replacements in Spain, and more than half the antibiotics prescribed in China are inappropriate, overused health care, researchers said on Monday. Experts who carried out a series of studies across the world found that medicine and health care are routinely both over- and underused, causing avoidable harm and suffering and wasting precious resources. The studies, commissioned by The Lancet journal and conducted by 27 international specialists, also found rates of caesarean section deliveries are soaring — often in women who do not need them — while the simple use of steroids to prevent premature births has lagged for 40 years…” (Kelland, 1/8).

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