Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #515
Since a major focus of the GPBA's mission is "promoting the well-being of those who live and work here," we thought the following would be of interest.  
The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) is a membership organization for people age 50 and over, "dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as they age." The AARP Bulletin recently published an article "10 Medical Tests to Avoid" in its March issue. 
March 2014

Doctors say: Skip These Tests!  
10 Medical Tests to Avoid 
You may not need these common health exams as often as you think 
Doctors are warning that some of the common medical tests routinely taken by Americans do more harm than good, waste billions of health care dollars annually and could endanger your health or even your life.  
Among the tests targeted by prestigious panels of doctors as overused were annual Pap smears, regular PSA tests, regular EKGs and even routine yearly physicals. Overuse of such tests leads to dangerous side effects, pain, radiation exposure, unnecessary surgery - even death, the doctors said. 
The tests include:
  1. Nuclear stress tests, and other imaging tests, after heart procedures
  2. Yearly electrocardiogram or exercise stress test
  3. PSA to screen for prostate cancer
  4. PET scan to diagnose Alzheimer's disease
  5. X-ray, CT scan or MRI for lower back pain
  6. Yearly Pap tests
  7. Bone density scan for women before age 65 and men before age 70
  8. Follow-up ultrasounds for small ovarian cysts
  9. Colonoscopy after age 75
  10. Yearly physicals
If you have not already joined the GPBA for 2014, 
we invite you to join now.

We are the voice of this historic neighborhood. Your membership shows support for the work we do. The more members we have, the louder our voice, the greater our impact.