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think4yourself October 26th, 2014 6:41pm

This company has developed a device that analyzes a drop of blood for any foreign DNA and determines if it is a known disease. The idea is for people to be able to monitor their own blood regularly without having to visit a doctor to do so.Good idea?

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FarmerManE djent
10/27/14 6:40 am

I don't see how it could be a bad idea.

10/26/14 6:44 pm

That sounds amazing for a hypochondriac such as myself haha

Handstand .
10/27/14 9:17 am

These are the people who will buy it, EB!!

10/26/14 5:22 pm

Good idea for someone who knows what they are doing

EarlyBird Portland
10/26/14 5:09 pm

I don't have a problem with it but I'm not sure who would actually buy it.

think4yourself Not a safe space
10/26/14 5:49 pm

Anyone that wants to catch a disease early before major symptoms show up and regularly monitor their health. It could eliminate a tremendous amount of healthcare costs and would screen for most things in one analysis instead of having separate tests

EarlyBird Portland
10/26/14 5:51 pm

Yes I understand but who is that market?
I'm not, are you?

think4yourself Not a safe space
10/26/14 6:03 pm

Anyone that wants to get their blood tested could get one and avoid the hassle and costs of going to a doctor and paying for a variety of tests when one drop at home will give you the results you need and then only go to dr if you test positive.

think4yourself Not a safe space
10/26/14 6:09 pm

Here is an article that helps explain why it would revolutionize healthcare.

think4yourself Not a safe space
10/26/14 6:40 pm

Yes. If it becomes cost effective to do so. Say the machine costs $500 and it would provide at least $500 in prescreening that you would have to pay a doctor and lab to do the same prescreening then it would pay for itself the first use.

10/26/14 3:57 pm

Good idea in the hands of a trained professional. Not a layperson.

Injectable Trump Killed Babbitt
10/26/14 3:51 pm

Sounds like a great way to make a quick buck off of hypochondriacs.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/26/14 1:48 pm

Haven't we already got lymphatic and immune system systems, white blood cells and so on, doing that and more for us already? Sounds like a thing without a thing to do.

think4yourself Not a safe space
10/26/14 2:03 pm

Seeing people die from disease everyday it is not doing the full job on its own.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/26/14 2:23 pm

I don't see anything to indicate this new thing will reduce the incidence of illness, or treat anything it "finds" (long after the low-grade fever, sore joints, and swollen glands, no doubt).

DonWichita Kansas
10/26/14 2:45 pm

I see its value in earlier warnings and an aid for the Dr. if something does show up. Of course the Dr. will run his own tests as he sees fit.

TigerShark47 Missouri
10/26/14 1:30 pm

I like the idea, but most people don't understand enough about science/healthcare to be able to make an informed decision about what to do about the test results

think4yourself Not a safe space
10/26/14 2:50 pm

Actually preliminary self exams are encouraged by healthcare professionals and has had a lot of success in catching disease early. For example, self breast exams, testicle exams, skin cancer checking, hiv home testing kits, just to name a few.

TigerShark47 Missouri
10/26/14 6:41 pm

As I said, it is an interesting idea. I just worry that people would choose not to go to the doctor at all, and then lose out on valuable information about what their test results actually mean.

think4yourself Not a safe space
10/26/14 6:49 pm

I would guess most people who tested positive for something would see a doctor. Essentially this would cut healthcare costs tremendously as well as provide more accurate results in some cases than current methods.

TigerShark47 Missouri
10/26/14 7:13 pm

I could also see a lot of people just googling what to do, and not getting accurate information, instead of going to the doctor. I think it is a great idea as long as people follow up with their doctor.

stickman46 NJ
10/26/14 12:16 pm

Self diagnoses is for fools similar to a defendant representing himself.

think4yourself Not a safe space
10/26/14 12:23 pm

The machine diagnosis's for you, such as if you have HIV in your blood it would alert you. Any results can be taken to a doctor for treatment options.Countries like Africa could slow the spread of HIV because this would give inexpensive quick results

10/26/14 1:33 pm

Consider this, a person uses the device, finding he/she has HIV (or any disease) and keeps it to themselves, risking infecting others (by free will). As apposed to a Dr. Diagnosing, which is reported to disease control.

10/26/14 1:35 pm

I understand the pro's of early detection, but understanding the con's is equally important

think4yourself Not a safe space
10/26/14 2:53 pm

HIV home tests kits are encouraged already and have theoretically slowed the spread of HIV because if someone knows they have it they are more likely to take precautions to spread it.

10/26/14 3:29 pm

I voted in favor, was just giving an example of a risk.

think4yourself Not a safe space
10/26/14 4:05 pm

I agree that with any progress there will be people who will not use it correctly and they should take steps to minimize that.

think4yourself Not a safe space
10/26/14 11:45 am

The founder of the company wants to get away from the outdated healthcare model of healthcare being centralized around doctors and hospitals to people having the tools to be able to have more control of their own healthcare and use hospitals....

think4yourself Not a safe space
10/26/14 11:47 am

...and doctors only when needed which could make people healthier by detecting disease early and freeing up hospitals and doctors to spend more time treating disease by reducing unnecessary visits.