Bloomberg Businessweek, February 21, 2013

A group of medical societies have identified 90 procedures that are "commonly ordered, but which are not always necessary" and are sometimes harmful, according to the announcement from the ABIM Foundation. Among their suggestions: Kids under age 4 shouldn't get cough or cold medicine, doctors shouldn't induce labor for pregnant women before 39 weeks, and patients with advanced dementia should get oral assistance eating rather than feeding tubes. The new guidelines follow 45 other procedures already highlighted last year.
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