Medical Monday: ACOG Weekly News

The President of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ACOG, has stated it would be " irresponsible" to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood provides an array of essential heath services beyond reproductive health. i.e breast and cervical cancer screenings. They also provide birth control to a large number of men and women in our country. He has stated "defunding Planned Parenthood will only represent a step back in the nations effort to improve women's health and avoid unintended pregnancy."

In the bad news department, the Center for Environmental Health reports that e-cigarettes produce varying amounts of the cancer causing chemicals formaldehye and acetaldehyde which have been linked to genetic damage birth defects and reduced fertility. 

Back to the good news department. A strong bipartisan slate of women legislators, 2 democrats and 2 republicans are working to provide full coverage for mammograms for women in the 40s. The controversial and according to ACOG, flawed recommendation of the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPTF) about the cost benefit ratio of these mammograms is the driving force behind not covering the mammograms for women in their 40s. ACOG is not alone in their position recommending mammograms the 40s. This position is shared by the American Cancer Society and the American College of Breast Surgeons, to name a few. 

Not surprising: An Australian study has shown that many women do not get adequate treatment of severe menopausal symptoms. 

And in the " Your mom was right" department: Those who sleep less than 6 hours per night are four times more likely to get a cold. 

Finally in the fascinating and cool department: MS ( Multiple sclerosis ) patients who breastfeed exclusively for at least two months have a lower risk of relapse of their MS. It will be interesting to see more research on this. It is interesting to speculate whether nursing for the recommended year would help even more.