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A new report from the Food and Drug Administration concludes that some medical tests are doing more harm than good.

A number of unreliable tests are reporting false positives with disastrous results. Many women have had their ovaries unnecessarily removed as a result of a flawed test for ovarian cancer. Tests have reported nonexistent fetal abnormalities that have led other women to have abortions. An unproven test that claims to identify a link between a certain genetic variant and heart disease has likely led to many people being prescribed drugs to lower cholesterol.

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