Health Alert 10-2-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

October 2, 2012 - The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released new guidelines that recommend IUD's or implants for sexually active teenagers. An IUD, or intrauterine device, is a small, T-shaped piece of plastic inserted in the uterus that can prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years. An implant is a matchstick-size plastic rod that releases hormones. It is placed under the skin of the upper arm and usually lasts three years. The panel says condoms are not always reliable and many teens use birth control pills incorrectly. Doctors say intra-uterine devices and contraception implants are very effective, with a 99 percent success rate.

Also, the American Academy of Pediatrics is once again telling parents not to let their kids jump on backyard trampolines. A report shows there were 98-thousand trampoline related injuries in one year with kids under five at the greatest risk for serious injury like fractures or dislocations. The Academy says there's no evidence newer trampolines that use netting and padding reduce injuries. Trampoline makers say the pediatricians' statement is based on insufficient current data and fails to acknowledge the valuable health benefits associated with trampoline use.

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