3443810757_d4f8b67ebfAfter discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

When it comes to your health, it’s a good idea to be cautious, especially considering this tidbit of delightful research: 1 out of 14 patients are never given their “bad” test results for minor problems like, you know, cancer.

It might not be apocalyptic so much as fairly unnerving. But the California HealthCare Foundation’s study only serves to confirm our underlying conviction that doctors don’t always know what they’re talking about–if they’re even talking at all. Although in this case it’s seemingly more the fault of bureaucracy, which we’re always more than willing to criticize.

Oh, and even if you do manage to get your hands on that unfortunate diagnosis, you might lose your health insurance on the cusp of major surgery anyway if you failed to properly chronicle your entire medical history.

Bleck, blah and also, blurgh.

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Study: Bad test results often don’t reach patients [NPR]
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