Some health screenings may harm more than help

NPR, October 29, 2013
Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield, Va., is unusually busy for a Thursday morning. It's not a typical time for worship, but parishioner Stacy Riggs and her husband have come for something a little different: a medical screening. "I'm getting ready to turn 50 sooner than I'd like to say, and just thought it was a good time to get an overall screening," said Riggs, of Fairfax, Va. She doesn't have any symptoms, but she stopped by the church, which as a service to parishioners is offering a day of testing by the company Life Line Screening. For less than $200, Riggs is getting six different screenings for stroke, heart disease and osteoporosis.

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