"If your blood pressure looks elevated, we may overtreat
it, which could result in unpleasant side effects, such as fainting."
The controversy is so polarised in the medical profession that steps are being taken to combat the current tendency to overdiagnose, over investigate and overtreat
"It's very common for teens to overtreat
their skin," says Dr.
Cardoso added: "So we know that we overtreat
the patients with early breast cancer."
On the other hand, clinicians should not overtreat
women, and should maintain a high suspicion for delivery in patients with preterm labor (a cervix that is at least 3 cm dilated or 75% effaced).
We are very cautious not to overtreat
, especially in thin areas (i.e., the monomeric membranes), to prevent iatrogenic perforations.
For example, he cites studies showing that laboring mothers died at a higher rate in the mid-aughts than they did in the late 1990s as a symptom of how hospitals overtreat
us--in this case with unnecessary C-sections that raise women's mortality risk.
On the other hand, he adds, "We don't want to overtreat
either, because silver is an expensive disinfectant and causes collateral environmental damage." Engineered silver nanoparticles have been detected in water-ways, and laboratory studies have shown they can be toxic to higher organisms including ryegrass, (4) algae, (5) the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, (6) and fathead minnows,7 in addition to their potential effects on native microbial populations.
People with diabetes who tend to overtreat
hypoglycemia may benefit from using products specifically designed to raise blood sugar fast," explains John England, category manager for hypoglycemia at Perrigo Diabetes Care.
"We tend to not only overdiagnose prostate cancer, but also overtreat
it," he says.
Muss said it's possible to overtreat
elderly patients, but that otherwise healthy women in their 70s would likely benefit from chemotherapy.
Warning of the tendency to "overdiagnose, overtreat
, and overpromise", they said the medical profession had created a set of "unrealistic expectations" with regard to the disease.