ACOG in the News: Tattoos Give False Cancer Positive, Miscarriage Mysteries, HIV Testing, and America’s Great Baby Recession

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 articles that prominently featured ACOG guidance and experts. We’ve included excerpts and links to the original articles. 

CBSInk From Woman’s Tattoos Gives False Positive on Body Scan That Cancer Had Spread

A woman with cancer had a major scare after ink from her tattoos caused an imaging test to light up, leading her doctor to believe the disease had spread.

Ramez Eskander, an Orange County surgeon, explains that ink from his patient’s tattoos, which covered her legs and thighs, had lit up her lymph nodes on a body-imaging test called a PET scan.

Eskander published his findings this week in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. He says the patient’s case should serve as a warning to people with body art and their doctors.


WSJSolving the Mystery of Miscarriages

A recent study, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology by Dr. Williams and other researchers, found that the majority of more than 1,000 people surveyed believe miscarriages occur rarely, affecting 5% or less of all pregnancies. In fact, one in four clinically recognized pregnancies in the U.S. ends in a miscarriage, generally in the first trimester experts say.


CNNAmerica Recovers from its Great Baby Recession

The rate of cesarean delivery also dropped 2% from 32.7% in 2013 to 32.2% in 2014. "This is the biggest drop in 20 years," said Dr. Aaron B. Caughey, chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health & Science University. "Ob-gyns have become more conservative about doing cesarean deliveries in the last four or five years because there is a more clear recognition of the risk for the mother both for the current and future pregnancies," said Caughey, who co-authored the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ recommendations on cesarean delivery.


Medscape ACOG Updates Recommendations for Prenatal HIV Testing

New guidelines for HIV testing in pregnancy recognize that early detection and treatment can benefit the mother and her sexual partners, as well as the infant. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published the updated guidelines, which replace a 2008 committee opinion, in the June issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.


MedscapeACOG Recommends Expedited Partner Therapy for STIs

To prevent gonorrhea and chlamydial reinfection when a patient's partners are unable or unwilling to seek medical care, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports the use of expedited partner therapy, according to a committee opinion published in the June issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.


Refinery 29 There's a New Fight about Birth Control (& It's Not About Banning It)

Ayotte has cited statistics from ACOG, but ACOG President Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, has spoken out against her proposal. "By making contraceptives available to women without a co-pay, it has truly increased access to contraception, thereby decreasing unintended pregnancies, and allowing women to better plan their futures,” he said in a statement. “Unfortunately, instead of improving access, this bill would actually make more women have to pay for their birth control, and for some women, the cost would be prohibitive."


The AtlanticCall the Midwife

“There are no significant drawbacks and many benefits to engaging with midwives to join our care teams,” says Mark DeFrancesco, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Collaboration with midwives is becoming a matter of some urgency, he explains, due to the growing national physician shortage. Some areas of the country already lack enough obstetricians to meet demand, and the U.S. will be short an estimated 9,000 obstetricians by 2030. “We need to be able to care for America’s pregnant women, and as long as the number of obstetricians remains plateaued, part of the answer lies in midwives,” says DeFrancesco, who himself works with certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) in his private obstetrics practice in Connecticut.


US News & World ReportDoctors Should Urge Against Pot Use During Pregnancy: Guidelines

"When you look at the evidence, it leads us to use caution in marijuana use during pregnancy," said Dr. Jeffrey Ecker, chair of the AGOG Committee on Obstetric Practice. "For women who are pregnant or thinking about being pregnant, we would encourage them to discontinue using marijuana."

The ingredient in pot that causes intoxication, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), has been shown in animal tests to easily cross the placenta and get into the bloodstream of a developing fetus, the ACOG committee report said.

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