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AMA Adopts New Policies at Annual Meeting
Date:6/17/2008

CHICAGO, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation's largest physician group, voted today at its Annual Meeting to adopt the following new policies.

APPROPRIATE ASPIRIN USE FOR PREVENTION OF HEART DISEASE AND STROKE: Six trials, involving more than 95,000 adult men and women, have shown aspirin may be effective in reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. The AMA today passed policy to increase education among physicians on the importance of appropriate aspirin counseling for the prevention of heart disease and stroke.

"Heart disease continues to be the number one cause of death in the United States, and the treatment of cardiovascular disease costs the health care system $403 billion a year," said AMA Board Member William Hazel, M.D. "Encouraging physicians to incorporate aspirin counseling into patient care when appropriate, may help reduce the prevalence of heart disease and stroke among Americans."

CANCER AND HEALTH CARE DISPARITIES AMONG MINORITY WOMEN: According to the National Cancer Institute, minority women have a significantly higher cancer mortality rate than Caucasian women. In an effort to combat this troubling fact, the AMA adopted new policy urging more research and funding to address the racial and ethnic disparities in cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment among minority women.

"There continues to be great disparities in the detection and treatment of cancer among minority women," said AMA Board Member Samantha Rosman, M.D. "Physicians must work to promote cancer education to their minority patients in a way that is understandable and culturally sensitive."

RACIAL AND ETHNIC DISPARITIES IN MATERNAL MORTALITY:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that maternal mortality rates in the U.S. are at the highest in decades, with the maternal mortality rate among African American women being especially high. Today the AMA voted to support i
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