The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a new guideline stating that women should begin having yearly mammograms at the age of 50. The new guideline updates a 2009 suggestion that says women should begin having mammograms every other year starting at the age of 50. This change, in fact, marks the third shift in thinking about mammograms in the last decade.
New research suggests that breast cancer rates in the U.S. may rise by 50 percent by 2030. A new study by the National Cancer Institute on cancer projections found that breast cancer rates would increase to an estimated 441,000 in 2030 (compared to 283,000 in 2011), with rates of estrogen-receptor positive cancers that had not spread to other parts of the body.
More U.S. teens are opting to use long-term forms of birth control, according to a new report. For the study, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers analyzed information from more than 7.5 million teens who sought contraception from family planning centers funded by a federal grant program known as Title X.
A new review shows that taking iron supplements doesn't necessary improve health outcomes for pregnant mothers and their babies. The review, conducted by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), looked at data from 11 trials on pregnant women who took iron supplements.
Acetaminophen does not appear to help ease lower back pain and offers little relief for the most common form of arthritis, according to a new report. The report, published in the journal BMJ, analyzed data from 13 studies; 10 that examined the use of acetaminophen to treat osteoarthritis of the hip or knee, and three that assessed the use of the painkiller for lower back pain.
Those who live in areas with higher degrees of smog in the air could be more likely to suffer from anxiety, according to a new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland. For the study the researchers examined health records from 70,000 women across the U.S. Women who lived in the most air-polluted urban centers in the country were more likely to suffer anxiety.
Many acne patients routinely fail to take prescribed medications for the condition, according to a new study from researchers at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. For the study the researchers examined the prescription usage of 143 acne patients. They found that 27 percent of the patients failed to obtain the medications that were prescribed as acne treatments.
France's government is likely to back a bill that will ban super-skinny fashion models on its catwalks, joining countries including Spain and Israel who have already passed similar legislation. The bill would require any potential model to undergo regular weight checks and maintain a body mass index of at least 18 (in which a 5-foot-7 woman would have to weigh at least 121 pounds).
Scientists have revealed that being lonely can lead to premature death and other health issues. For the study, researchers at Brigham Young University collected data from 70 different studies conducted between 1980 and 2014 on over three million subjects and considered age, socio-economic status, and health conditions.
Scientists are questioning the accuracy of breast biopsies in making correct diagnoses in cases of cancer or tissue abnormalities. In a new study, researchers examined the work of 115 pathologists and 240 breast biopsy specimens. They found that abnormal, precancerous cells were only identified half the time.