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#healthcare #LungCancer #screening #PretermBirth

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

>> Another option in healthcare

>> Lung cancer screening uptake is low

>> The pattern of preterm birth in the U.S.

The Med & Mic™ 11.15.22

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Amazon Launches Virtual Clinic

In 32 states, Amazon has launched Amazon Clinic, a virtual platform where people can get help for common ailments like allergies and skin conditions. Customers will be connected to healthcare providers and pricing will vary depending on providers. This adds to the company’s presence in healthcare. It already introduced Amazon Pharmacy, which lets users buy non-prescription drugs via Prime memberships. (Source: Reuters, 11.15.22)

Lung Cancer Screening's Slow Uptake

Only 5.8% of people eligible for lung cancer screening get it. The process involves a CT scan and does not require a prep. Studies show early detection leads to a 20% reduction in death from lung cancer. Free screening has been recommended by the government since 2014. It’s available to people 50 to 80 who currently smoke or smoked within the past 15 years at a heavy level by number of cigarettes per day or years of smoking. Because of the complicated criteria and the sense of shame, getting screened for lung cancer has been slower to catch on than for colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer. (Source: USA Today, K. Weintraub, 11.15.22)

Preterm Births on the Rise

In The March of Dimes’ annual report card, the preterm birth rate was 10.5% of live births in 2021, a 4% increase from 2020, and the highest rate since 2007. The preterm birth rate increased in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Vermont had the lowest rate, between 7.7% and 8.1%. Factors that contribute to premature birth include young or advanced age of the mother, whether she has certain medical conditions, pregnancies with multiples, and previous preterm births. The report also points to social factors, such as lack of prenatal care and inadequate housing, food, and transportation. Infant mortality, on the other hand, is down slightly in 30 states: 5.6 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2019 to 5.4 per 1,000 in 2020. (Source: NPR, R. Treisman, 11.15.22)

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