Saturday, October 22, 2011

Weekend Health Roundup

This morning's, or I suppose the weekend edition of the NY Times has gotten me all riled up!!

The United States Preventative Services Task Force is now recommending that women only have pap smears to screen for cervical cancer every 3 years, AND they're recommending that women under age 21 not be screened at all, and they have the backing of the American Cancer Society...seriously?!  You can read the whole story here.  Just an aside, my cousin almost died of cervical cancer at 19.  A pap smear saved her life...just sayin'

And appropriately...VD is on the rise in women...they better get pap smears!

Three doctors in Brazil have been convicted for killing four patients by removing their organs for black market procurement.

Researchers in Denmark have concluded that there is no link between cell phone usage and brain tumors.

The Institute of Medicine has called for a new "star" rating system for grocery products, as an offensive to decrease the rate of obesity in this county.

The Obama Administration is backpedaling on aspects of healthcare reform that would allow hospitals to fill physician shortages with nurse practitioners and physician assistants (yay-maybe I will be able to find a job when I finish my FNP!!).

Nurses in Thailand are curing cervical cancer with vinegar.

Any other interesting stores you'd like to share?  Send them my way!! courtney (dot) onedayatatime (at) gmail (dot) com.

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