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#anxiety #screening #adolescents #womenshealth #maternalhealth #pregnancy #obstetrics

#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?

>> New group to be screened for anxiety

>> Does your county have baby-delivering care?

The Med & Mic™ 10.12.22

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Anxiety screening for children and adolescents

The U.S. The Preventive Services Task Force says that children ages 8 to 18 should be screened for anxiety. The recommendations come after the 2018-19 National Survey of Children’s Health showed nearly 8% of kids ages 3 to 17 had a current anxiety disorder. Researchers believe the numbers have worsened during the pandemic. Untreated anxiety can lead to suicidal behaviors and substance abuse. The American Academy of Pediatrics goes further already, recommending screening for behavioral, social, and emotional problems, including anxiety, from birth to 21 years. (Source: STAT News, U. Lee McFarling, 10.11.22)

Lack of OB Care for One in Three Counties

A March of Dimes report says that 36% of counties in the U.S. are maternity care deserts, counties without a hospital or birth center offering obstetric care and without any obstetric providers. Most are in rural areas. These areas of limited or no access to maternity health services affect 7 million women. Those who live in maternity care deserts are more likely to be financially challenged, have asthma or high blood pressure, or be in a state that restricts abortion. Compounding the issue is the closure of rural hospitals. Since 2005, 180 rural hospitals across the country have closed. (Source: STAT News, T. Gaffney, 10.11.22)

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