Theranos seeks to quell doubts with new product, scant data

But some experts warn that promoting cheap and convenient tests could backfire, if patients sought to test themselves too often, driving up costs in the health care system and raising the risk of scary false positive results.

Source: Theranos seeks to quell doubts with new product, scant data

Mainstream medicine warns that even non-invasive tests can be dangerous. The reasoning is that they  raise “the risk of scary false positive results”. Why? Because statistics says so.

The paradox of improving observable outcomes by using less information is as silly as any other uncritical application of statistics in medicine (and elsewhere).