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Annual cervical cancer screening bad idea: Panel
Oct 20, 10:17AM by Ryan Jaslow Topics News , Research
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(CBS/AP) Should women get annual screenings for cervical cancer?
Not according to a new guidelines issued Wednesday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The guidelines suggest that getting a Pap test every year may do more harm than good. Instead, the task force said women should get a Pap smear once every three years.
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Do poor neighborhoods promote obesity, diabetes?
Oct 20, 10:08AM by Ryan Jaslow Topics News , Women , Research
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(CBS/AP) Is robust health a matter of real estate? New research shows that women who move to affluent areas are a lot less likely to become obese or develop diabetes than those living in poor neighborhoods.
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The study kicked off in the 1990s, when federal officials offered thousands of poor women in city public housing a chance to live in affluent neighborhoods. Cut to 10 years later, and the relocated women had lower rates of diabetes and extreme obesity.
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Breast cancer study shows radiation cuts recurrence, ups survival
Oct 20, 9:57AM by David W Freeman Topics News , Cancer , Research
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(CBS) Does radiation really benefit breast cancer patients? New research shows that women who receive radiation after undergoing lumpectomy live longer and are less likely to experience a recurrence of cancer.
PICTURES: 25 breast cancer myths busted
Researchers analyzed the results of several studies involving nearly 11,000 breast cancer patients who had undergone "breast-conserving" surgery (rather than mastectomy) and found that post-operative radiation reduced the risk for recurrence over the next decade from 35 percent to 19 percent.
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Has America gone crazy for antidepressants?
Oct 20, 9:04AM by Ryan Jaslow Topics News , Research
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(CBS) Antidepressant use is skyrocketing. A new CDC report shows that over a 10-year period the use of the pills has risen a staggering 400 percent.
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The report - based on surveys and screenings of 12,000 Americans from 2005 to 2008 shows that 11 percent of Americans aged 12 and over are taking an antidepressant.
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Listeria outbreak tied to water, dirty equipment
Oct 19, 1:23PM by David W Freeman Topics News , Food and Drink
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(CBS/AP) What caused the Listeria outbreak that so far has killed 25 and sickened scores? Government health officials are eyeing pools of water on the floor and dirty equipment at a Colorado farm's cantaloupe packing facility.
PICTURES: 15 deadliest food myths
Investigators found Listeria on equipment in the Jensen Farms facility and on fruit that had been held there.
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Health-care study shows Americans get raw deal
Oct 19, 10:23AM by David W Freeman Topics Health Care , News , Research
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(CBS) How healthy is U.S. health-care system? Not very. In a comprehensive new assessment of the system that covers 42 measures of health-care delivery, the U.S. scored 64 out of 100.
"Costs were up sharply, access to care deteriorated, health system efficiency remains low, disparities persisted, and health outcomes failure to keep pace with benchmarks," concluded the authors of the 2011 National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance.
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What Facebook friends mean for brain size
Oct 19, 10:09AM by Ryan Jaslow Topics News , Research
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(CBS) Having lots of Facebook friends might mean more than lots of birthday wishes. A new study suggests the more Facebook friends you have, the more gray matter you'll have in your brain.
What's gray matter? It's the brain tissue that gathers and processes sensory information, and is linked to intelligence and memory.
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Heart failure hospitalizations drop 30 percent
Oct 19, 9:44AM by Monica DyBuncio Topics Health Care , News , Women , Heart , Disease
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(CBS/AP) The nation has a new reason to take heart. Over the past decade, hospital stays for heart failure dropped 30 percent in Medicare patients.
The drop is forceful evidence that the U.S. is making headway in reducing the billion-dollar burden of a common condition - and America's #1 killer.
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Pediatricians call TV a no-no for kids under two
Oct 18, 5:38PM by David W Freeman Topics News , Mental Health
(CBS) TV for kids under age two is a big no-no. So says the nation's largest pediatricians group, which on Tuesday issued a new policy statement saying there's no evidence that toddlers benefit from television and some evidence suggesting that it interferes with normal development.
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The statement - which reaffirms a similar one issued by the academy in 1999 - says that 90 percent of parents permit their children under age two to watch TV or other electronic media  - even though research suggests that kids that young are incapable of following sequential screen shots or dialog. By age three, almost one in three children have a TV in their bedroom.
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Nev. man seeks surgery for 100-pound scrotum
Oct 18, 5:31PM by Ryan Jaslow Topics News , Men , Strange
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(CBS) For people who complain about carrying a big burden, the strange plight of Wesley Warren Jr. offers a dose of perspective.
The 47-year-old Las Vegas man has a huge, painful, and disabling scrotum, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
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