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topics. We verified all information for medical accuracy and added new medical
information if available. While medically significant changes are listed here, minor revisions, such as editorial changes, may not be listed.
- Diabetes: Should I Get an Insulin Pump?: Based on ADA 2013 Standards of Medical Care, we updated the information about recommended blood sugar testing for people who have diabetes.
- High Blood Pressure: Should I Take Medicine?: Based on ADA 2013 Standards of Medical Care, we updated the information about when to take medicine for high blood pressure.
- Pap Test: Should I Have Colposcopy if My Pap Test Shows Minor Cell
Changes?: Based on the guidelines from ACOG and USPSTF recommending that Pap tests begin at age 21, we removed the information about teenagers and colposcopy.
- Stroke: Should I Have Carotid Endarterectomy?: In Get the Facts under "Key points to remember," we now say "If you have less than 70% narrowing, taking medicines may work just as well as surgery to prevent a stroke
or TIA, especially if you haven't already had one." Under "Are other treatments available?" we added about stenting that "Carotid artery stenting is not a good choice for people older than age 70. Studies have shown that for people in this age
group, the risk of stroke or death during the procedure is too high. Carotid endarterectomy is safer for people older
- Tonsillitis: Should My Child Have a Tonsillectomy?: We changed the recommendation for tonsillectomy from 5 episodes of sore throat in 1 year to 7 episodes in 1 year, based on updated Clinical Practice Guidelines from the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.
A primary care physician or a specialist in the field reviewed the following topics. No medical revisions were needed.
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