Mixed results in news coverage of Texas doc's hopes to screen all US sixth-graders' hearts

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See our review of stories by ABC, CNN, CBS and Houston Chronicle: http://www.healthnewsreview.org/blog/2009/12/failure-to-scrutinize-claims-about-screening-all-us-sixth-graders-hearts.html

What's up with all of the aggressive heart screening programs in Texas? (For example, see this past blog entry: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/schwitz/healthnews/2009/09/texas-law-manda-1.html.)

Don't they have a lot of uninsured they should be thinking about?

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It's clear in all of this that one of the motives of the medical specialties is the search for a steady source of income. Routine screening of any kind—breast, heart, colon, prostate, whatever—means fat paydays for the docs involved, much like required courses in college majors guarantee the faculty in those fields full classes.
Robert Blade, Jacksonville, Fla.

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