WASHINGTON — Women can delay having their first Pap test for cervical cancer until they turn 21 and many can wait longer to go back for follow-up screenings, according to new guidelines released today by a major medical group.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists recommended the change after concluding that more frequent testing did not catch significantly more cancers and often resulted in girls and young women experiencing unnecessary stress, anxiety and sometimes harmful treatments because of suspicious growths that would not cause problems.
Charges filed in theft from service for deaf
WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced criminal charges against more than two dozen people accused of stealing tens of millions of dollars from a telephone service for the deaf.
Authorities said owners and employees at seven companies schemed to create bogus calls to a video service that allows the deaf to converse over phone lines to hearing people. Together, the companies represent about 15 percent of the market for such services, according to Justice Department officials.
A fund pays about $6 a minute to companies that provide the service, and the indictments charge the suspect firms struck deals with call centers around the country to make long calls to the service for about $2 a minute.