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Errors in Breast Cancer Tests, Mosquito Dangers, and Too Much Milk

Posted Jul 22 2010 11:25am

Here's what we're reading this week:

Early Breast Cancer Diagnoses Prone to Error
As mammograms and other imaging technologies get better at spotting anomalies under the skin, pathologists are having more trouble distinguishing benign cells from malignant cells, according to a New York Times investigation. The result: Some women are undergoing painful biopsies, chemotherapy and even prophylactic mastectomies without clear evidence of cancerous cells .


Got (Too Much) Milk?
What could be more nutritious than a glass of milk? Despite the U.S. Department of Agriculture's three-glass-a-day recommendation, the science on drinking milk is mixed. Here's a great overview from the LA Times .

The Pesky And Deadly Mosquito
Next time you scratch a mosquito bite, breathe a sigh of relief and say a brief thanks to public officials and scientists. For the last 60 years, Americans haven't had to worry about malaria, a disease which infects up to half a billion people a year outside the United States. Here's why the 500,000-year-old malaria bug won't die .

Spicing Up Quinoa
Looking for something healthy to take on your next picnic? Quinoa is a great low-cal, low-fat source of protein, and this spicy quinoa salad recipe from the New York Times is a great option to take along the next time you dine alfresco.

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