Airport scanner safety hot topic at AMA meeting

June 20, 2011 2:31:35 PM PDT
The nation's largest doctors' group is in Chicago looking to shape policy on current medical issues.

The American Medical Association's annual meeting is under way. On the agenda, some doctors who oppose the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act want the AMA to revoke its support. The group isn't expected to change its stance, but some members say the discussion on health reform is far from over.

Other measures on tap include proposals to support a ban on recreational drugs sometimes called "bath salts".

The group is also looking at backing a ban on the sale of baby bottles containing the chemical BPA.

Another resolution calls for further research into the safety of airport body scanners. The American College of Radiology opposes the idea, saying more studies would be a waste of time and money.

"Our view is, there are plenty of people that looked at it that think it's safe and that in terms of the safety, the public shouldn't be concerned when you put it in context of the dose of the radiation and what is already around you," said Dr. Arl Van Moore, Jr. of the American College of Radiology.

Voting on some issues began Monday afternoon.

While membership in the AMA continues to slide, with the group losing about 12,000 physicians, it's still considered one of the largest in the U.S. and a powerful lobby.

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