ACOG serves as an expert information source about women’s health for women and the media. The organization’s Office of Communications regularly receives media inquiries from newspapers, magazines, websites, radio, and TV broadcast outlets. In many cases, ACOG officers and members talk with the media, working with the Office of Communications. Here are several recent pieces in the media that prominently featured ACOG guidance and experts. We’ve included excerpts and links to the original articles.
MSNBC New laws force doctors to lie to patients about abortion
“Evidence and science must guide the care that patients receive in any area of medicine. When political agendas get in the way of that, patients suffer.” Opinion piece by Dr. John C. Jennings and Dr. Nancy L. Stanwood
Reuters New U.S. mammogram guidelines stick with screening from age 50
Many groups, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the American College of Radiology, recommend annual mammograms start at age 40. The American Cancer Society shares that view, but is reviewing its guidelines.
The health panel's updated recommendations are now "more closely in line with ACOG’s," said Dr. John Jennings, ACOG president. Both groups recognize that the decision to screen women in their 40s is a personal one that reflects potential benefits of detecting cancer early and the harm of receiving a false positive, he said.
Medscape Doctors Applaud SGR Bill's Malpractice Protection
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) also heralded the measure but said it doesn't go far enough to protect doctors from malpractice suits. When asked for a statement, ACOG replied in an email: "ACOG is pleased that a provision in the SGR package was included to address standard of care protection, and continues to support prompt passage of SGR repeal legislation."
"We will continue to seek comprehensive and alternative medical liability reforms, and we hope that Representatives Barr and Bera reintroduce their 'safe harbor' bill soon," ACOG said. "Their legislation, the Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act, would improve quality of care by promoting physician adherence to clinical practice guidelines, and would also help to avoid frivolous lawsuits, lowering overall health care costs and ensuring that physicians can continue to treat their patients."
Contemporary Ob-Gyn Team Up for Women’s Health at ACOG’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco
The theme of ACOG’s 2015 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting is “Teaming Up for Women’s Health.” It will be held May 2-6 in San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center.
The clinical themes are: obstetric emergencies (Saturday); operative gynecology (Sunday); contraception (Monday); menopause (Tuesday); and patient safety and office practice (Wednesday).
US News & World Report CDC: Teens Unfamiliar With Most Effective Form of Birth Control
Dr. Hal Lawrence, CEO and executive vice president for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said in a statement that the organization supports "unhindered and affordable access to all forms of contraception."
"Today's CDC data demonstrate that when contraception is affordable, the impact on the lives of American women is real," he said.
Medscape Guidance Issued for Endometrial Cancer, Hints for Diagnosis
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society of Gynecologic Oncology have issued new guidance for endometrial cancer. The practice bulletin was published in the April issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
"A thorough understanding of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and diagnostic and management strategies for this type of cancer allows the obstetrician–gynecologist to identify women at increased risk, contribute toward risk reduction, and facilitate early diagnosis," the bulletin states.
Detroit Free Press What's that? Pregnancy Terms to Know
Sources: "Your Pregnancy & Birth, Fourth Edition" by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ($14.95, Meredith Books)
Detroit Free Press Baby fat: Why You Shouldn't Eat For 2 During Pregnancy
A too-big baby, known medically as fetal macrosomia, weighs 4,000-4,500 grams at birth — or 8 pounds, 13 ounces-9 pounds, 4 ounces — according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Sacramento Bee Urinary Incontinence Problematic for Many women Over 40, Study Finds
New guidelines on urinary incontinence from the American College of Physicians urge doctors to recommend nonmedicated treatment options for women whenever possible. These include bladder training for those with urge incontinence complemented by Kegel exercises, weight loss, and minimizing bladder irritants such as caffeine, spicy foods, alcohol and citrus fruits.
HealthDay Is Gestational Diabetes Linked to Autism?
Under guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, women are screened for gestational diabetes, usually at 24 to 28 weeks. A woman who has risk factors for gestational diabetes -- such as being overweight, older than 25 or having a history of gestational diabetes -- should consider earlier screening, such as at the first prenatal visit, Xiang said.
Yahoo Parenting How Close in Age Should Siblings Be? The Great Debate
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) suggests waiting at least 12 months to conceive after the birth of a child to reduce the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight. That’s because women’s bodies need time to recover from one pregnancy and delivery in order to enter the next one in optimal health.
The Miami Herald Angelina Jolie is Saving Women’s Lives
According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, all tissue from the ovaries and fallopian tubes should be removed, and a complete, serial sectioning that includes microscopic examination for occult cancer should be conducted.
National Journal The Big Battle Over a Little Device
Throughout the 1980s and '90s, most American medical students never learned to insert an IUD—even as a host of studies from European countries, where IUDs had remained popular, suggested the new models were safe. If doctors did recommend them for women, it was for a narrow category who were "older, married, with several children," says Eve Espey, chair of the Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Work Group at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In part, providers couldn't shake their fear, after the Dalkon Shield, of leaving young women infertile—and of inviting lawsuits as a consequence.