Alex Berezow’s Articles in Scientific American

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Replace Annual Physicals with Real-Time Biomarker Monitoring
October 28, 2016

The annual physical exam is under fire. Increasingly, physicians believe that the yearly ritual of having our bodies poked and prodded is completely useless, save for the fraction of patients who have a chronic illness or predisposition to disease. Worse, the annual physical is estimated to cost our healthcare system approximately $8 billion for arguably little benefit.