Home Medical Tests; How Important are Grades?

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Home pregnancy tests and blood glucose meters are regularly used forms of do-it-yourself medical testing. They've been joined by a host of other in-home diagnostic tests, including those that screen for colon cancer symptoms and human papilloma virus. Beyond convenience, a new Ohio State University study suggests, home testing can save lives.

In OSU's study, researchers mailed HPV tests to women in Appalachia, where access to healthcare can be difficult. Eighty percent completed the screening, increasing odds of early detection of cervical cancer. And we'll take your questions about do-it-yourself screening.

Later, is the pursuit of the perfect report card worth the stress and anxiety? How much of an emphasis should parents put on their children to get perfect grades?

And we discuss the latest in Columbus with Statehouse Bureau Chief Karen Kasler.


--Dr. Margaret Stager, MD, Division Director of Adolescent Medicine, MetroHealth

--Drew Poppleton, interim director of post-graduate planning and experiential education, Case Western Reserve University

--Margaret Appenheimer, College Counselor, Hathaway Brown School

--Karen Kasler, Statehouse News Bureau Chief, Ohio Public Radio/TV

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