(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.
(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.
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.
(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.
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.
(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.
(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.
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.