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Mammogram decision hinges on patient, doctor talk, ob-gyn group says

Mammogram decision hinges on patient, doctor talk, ob-gyn group says

Health
FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 -- As the debate continues about the best time for mammograms, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, or ACOG, is asking women to add their voice to the discussion.In updated guidelines on breast cancer screening for average-risk women, ACOG emphasized shared decision-making between a woman and her doctor about when to start mammography screening and how often to do it."What is critically important is that the patient's value and preferences are factored into that decision-making process," said Dr. Christopher Zahn, ACOG's vice president of practice activities.The new guidelines, Zahn said, are "empowering women to be involved in that decision."ACOG recommends that women at average risk of breast cancer be offered screening mammography beginning at a...
Group urges tougher limits on chemical in soaps, cosmetics

Group urges tougher limits on chemical in soaps, cosmetics

Health
TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 -- The germ-fighting chemical triclosan has got to go, an international coalition of scientists claims.Triclosan is found in thousands of products ranging from soap and cosmetics to toothpaste and common household items.But evidence has shown that antimicrobials like triclosan not only fall short in killing bacteria, but they may also harm human health, the coalition said in urging much stricter limits on use of the chemical.This follows action last year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban triclosan, triclocarban and 17 other microbial agents from hand soap and body wash sold in the United States because they "are not generally recognized as safe and effective."The FDA's move prompted major manufacturers -- such as Johnson & Johnson and Procter & ...
Blackstone to buy The Office Group for £500m

Blackstone to buy The Office Group for £500m

Business
The world's biggest property investor is buying a British flexible office provider in a deal that will be interpreted as a vote of confidence in the UK economy as Brexit talks get underway.Sky News has learnt that Blackstone, the private equity giant whose activities include managing more than €140bn of real estate assets, will announce on Monday the purchase of a controlling stake in The Office Group.The transaction will value the privately owned landlord of corporate clients such as Facebook and Santander UK at £500m, according to insiders.The timing of the deal, which comes at a time of conflicting signals about the outlook for UK commercial property, will be seen as a sign that global investors remain confident in its prospects.The beginning of formal talks between the UK and the Europ...