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How a company you’ve never heard of sends you letters about your medical condition • Gizmodo

Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu:

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In the summer of 2015, Alexandra Franco got a letter in the mail from a company she had never heard of called AcurianHealth. The letter, addressed to Franco personally, invited her to participate in a study of people with psoriasis, a condition that causes dry, itchy patches on the skin.

Franco did not have psoriasis. But the year before, she remembered, she had searched for information…

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