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January 4, 1995

AMA's Science Reporters Conference Features Good and Bad Medical News

JAMA. 1995;273(1):5-10. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520250019004

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JOURNALISTS WHO gathered for the American Medical Association's 13th Annual Science Reporters Conference, held in Seattle, Wash, received both good and bad news about the health of the nation.

The conference, which was cosponsored by the University of Washington School of Medicine, featured a diverse range of topics ranging from the new field of ecogenetics to sleep research in women at midlife to the noncontraceptive health benefits of oral contraceptives to acne's emotional toll on teenagers.

The good news included reports of declining incidence rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and marked improvements in the safety of the nation's blood supply. Not so good were reports that physical activity levels among US high school students are declining and the cost of hospitalizing schizophrenic patients who discontinue their medication is soaring.

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