Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy without hurting their odds of beating the disease - good news from a major study that shows the value of a gene-activity test to gauge each patient's risk.
As the U.S. Congress on Tuesday moved toward passing a short-term funding bill to avert government shutdowns this week, House Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility of tackling major fiscal measures in October, including raising the nation's borrowing limit. When asked by a reporter whether he would advance a debt limit bill before resigning from Congress on Oct. 30, Boehner said: "We'll have to see. There are a number of issues that we're going to try to deal with over the coming month." Difficult fiscal issues - from increasing a debt limit that is forecast to be breached before year's end to settling on spending priorities through September 2016 - confront a Congress that has been rocked by Republican disarray that resulted in Boehner's retirement announcement last Friday.
In Planned Parenthood's first congressional appearance since being embarrassed by surreptitiously recorded videos, a House committee chairman insisted Tuesday that the organization does not need federal money and spends much of it on political activities.
U.S. baby boomers have been on the planet for nearly 70 years, long enough to reshape almost every aspect of American life. Now in their retirement years, boomers are putting their final stamp on the landscape even further out of town in age-restricted communities epitomized by The Villages, a massive master-planned retirement development in Florida. At 34 square miles (88 square kilometers) and still expanding, The Villages is already bigger than Manhattan and approaching the size of central Paris, which is 40 square miles.