Medical Monday: ACOG weekly news

Today I'm going to do Medical Monday like a good old fashioned news cast. I am going to take the weekly news items of most importance to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and summarize them for you. What's  important to ACOG is important to us. Let me know if you like this format. 


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Medicare, which is for those over 65 or who are officially disabled, "will now pay for women to get a joint Pap smear and Human papilloma virus test every 5 years to screen for cervical cancer. " Never mind that ACOG and The American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) state they should be done this way every 3 years. 

A Yale study found that the cost of a delivery varies from $1200 to $12,000 depending on the hospital. Unpacking this revealed that birth was costlier at poorer facilites that served higher percentages of Medicaid moms. They also found higher complication rates in those same higher cost hospitals. CBS news reported on this, and opined that this contradicts the notion that more spending leads to better outcomes. Never mind that poorer patients have been less well served in their lives, are unhealthier and have higher risk pregnancies on average. Maybe the complications come before the high cost but what do I know. 

The European Journal of Preventive Cardiology published the obvious in saying that women who smoked and had preterm deliveries went on to have higher risk of heart disease. Had they not yet heard that smoking is associated independently with both preterm birth and with heart disease ? 

Of importance, the FDA nows states that use of NSAIDS like ibuprofen and Aleve are associated with increased risks of heart attack and stroke. Discuss this with your doctor and buy stock in Tylenol's parent company. 

The Salt Lake Tribune, right in the heart of the conservative Mormon heartland, featured an editorial, which among other things, advised that the best way to reduce abortions was to provide contraceptive choice ! Well done Salt Lake. 

Stay tuned until next week.