Science News of 2009
Major science news stories, from the fossil Ardi to new mammogram recommendations
Fossilized Specimans in Human Evolution Discovered, Refuted | The Large Hadron Collider Broke Records | U.S. & World Gripped by the Threat of H1N1 | Water Found on the Moon
Cancer Screening Recommendations Cause Uproar
Wait to Have Mammograms, Researchers Say
Though the architect of the study, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, is sponsored by the government, the Obama administration distanced itself from the new breast cancer screening guidelines. Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Heath and Human Services, announced soon after the guidelines were released that government insurance programs will still cover mammograms for women beginning at age 40.
Fewer Pap Smears Needed
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