Show: October 28, 2012:
- Do heart attack victims experience symptoms of PTSD?
- How can exercise expedite stroke recovery?
- What prompted new recommendations for pap smears?
- How do Darwinian principles explain the resilience of cancer cells?
- What does the CDC have to say about the impending zombie uprising?
- How do long years on the job affect a police officer’s physical and mental health?
- How can you and your doctor make the right choices together?
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What prompted new recommendations for pap smears?
Interview: Michelle Berlin, M.D., M.P.H., Indiana’s Health Grade Primary Author of Making the Grade on Women’s Health: A National and State-by-State Report Card; Director of the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at Oregon Health & Sciences University.
For decades, teenage girls and women were urged to have a pap smear annually. The U.S Preventive Task Force and American Cancer Society have revised their recommendations, advising women wait until age 21 for a pap smear and that women age 21 to 65 undergo a pap smear every three years. For women older than 65, the woman and her physician have many elements to consider as to whether or not she has one. Michelle Berlin, M.D., MPH, tells IU health specialist Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, M.D., that the new recommendation is based on years of findings from decades of research. Berlin is the director of the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at Oregon Health and Sciences University.