Our health care system in the United States is notorious for providing a lot of unnecessary medical care — something we’ve written about extensively. Doctors may provide that unnecessary care because they perceive that patients are expecting or requesting it. If health care professionals don’t provide the aggressive care that patients believe they require, the thinking goes, patients won’t be satisfied, and the doctor-patient relationship will suffer. Plus, the patient ...

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Talk of the widespread and dangerous flu circulating this year has the public on edge and hungry for quality information about how to protect themselves. ABC’s Good Morning America isn’t helping with this segment featuring chief medical correspondent Jennifer Ashton, MD, titled "3 complementary natural remedies for the flu." It’s a mess of conflicting messages about herbal approaches to managing flu symptoms. And it positions Ashton — an ABC ...

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