FROM Robert A. Smith
New Guidelines Create Confusion about Mammograms Breast cancer kills 41,000 American women every year, but hundreds of thousands survive — largely because of early diagnosis. One big question is, how early? Mammograms can save lives, but can also generate "false positives" that lead to further tests and treatments that could be unnecessary. Now, after years of recommending annual mammograms starting at age 40, the American Cancer Society says 45 . But other agencies disagree, leaving questions of life or death up to individual women and their doctors.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.