This Week: AMA Cheers for Cheerleaders

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By MedPage Today Staff


This week’s coverage of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) June meeting by Sarah Wickline suggested that, like previous AMA confabs, it generated at least as much heat as light.


In particular, the AMA’s declaration that cheerleading is a sport drew both scorn and praise from MedPage Today readers, in unequal measures, as did the group’s consideration (without passage) of a resolution favoring stricter gun regulations.


Also this week, Michael Smith reported on government survey results that, among other findings, showed that American teenagers are smoking less and watching less TV — although new bad habits may have taken their place.


And, reported Crystal Phend, a clinical trial confirmed that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) was more effective than supplemental oxygen in improving cardiovascular risk factors in patients with sleep apnea.



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