For Women Only

The rules for checkups have changed. Guidelines now call for more tests and new questions

Recently, during one of our regular Sunday dinners, my mother complained of some aches and pains. She asked me my opinion, and like any good doctor, I replied, "When did you have your last complete physical and blood tests?" The time it took for her to remember was answer enough. Not only had it been too long, but she hadn't been given basic blood tests that most women should have on a periodic basis. So when the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists revised its screening recommendations for women two weeks ago, I immediately sent a copy to my mom.


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