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Too Much Screening?

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Medical societies recommend screening for cervical cancer and human papillomavirus, which causes cervical cancer, every three to five years. Many women, though, appear to be screening far more often, which comes with the consequence of increased psychological distress and increased health care costs.

A study of nearly 2.3 million women ages 30 to 65 screened in 2013 and 2014 found that after the initial screening, nearly 18% had another screening by the end of one year, with 50% screened again by year two and 65% screened again by year three.

Younger women were more likely to be screened repeatedly.

Burning Curiosity

New research finds that curiosity and marketing are the two primary reasons why young people take up smoking. A survey of 9,000 adolescents ages 12-17 who didn't smoke but expressed curiosity said they would try a cigarette if their best friend offered one or would try one soon. Surveyed again five years later, these adolescents were more likely to have taken up the smoking habit.

Similarly, future smokers said they were drawn to tobacco-related content on social media, had a coupon or discount from a tobacco company or got a free sample.

 

Get Me That, Stat!

Pharmacy deserts -- neighborhoods or communities lacking a sufficient number of pharmacies to meet local needs -- are more common in Black and Hispanic areas, according to a new analysis of the 30 most populous U.S. cities.

In White-majority neighborhoods, there were 1.15 pharmacies per census area compared to 0.85 pharmacies in majority-Black and 0.97 pharmacies in majority-Hispanic neighborhoods. Mixed-race neighborhoods fared best with an average of 1.23 pharmacies per census area.

The cities with the most pharmacy disparities among neighborhoods included Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Albuquerque.

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