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U.S. Fails To Reach Women's Health Targets

U.S. Fails To Reach Women's Health Targets

A new study has revealed that the U.S. is falling critically short in women's health, achieving only three of the 26 previously established measures of good health for women.

The report, based mainly on an examination of federal health objectives set for 2010 and carried out by the National Women's Law Center and Oregon Health Sciences University, shows that more women are obese and suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes and Chlamydia. The report also notes that fewer women are receiving cervical cancer-screening pap smears and that binge drinking rates are rising among women.

As far as targets being met, more women are getting mammograms, colorectal cancer screenings and annual dental visits. Progress has also been made in reducing deaths from heart disease, strokes, and both breast and lung cancer.

No state received a satisfactory grade in the report.

Michelle Berlin, M.D., M.P.H., Vice Chair and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, OHSU School of Medicine, said: "It is shocking that there is not a single state in this country where women enjoy overall satisfactory health status."

by RTT Staff Writer

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