Are 3-D mammograms really better? US puts scans to the test

WASHINGTON (AP) — A better mammogram? Increasingly women are asked if they want a 3-D mammogram instead of the regular X-ray — and now U.S. health officials are starting a huge study to tell if the newer, sometimes pricier choice really improves screening for breast cancer.

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  • Written by By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

New dinosaur looks like odd mix of duck, croc, ostrich, swan

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a bill like a duck but teeth like a croc's, a swanlike neck and killer claws, a new dinosaur species uncovered by scientists looks like something Dr. Seuss could have dreamed up.

  • Written by BY SETH BORENSTEIN , AP Science Writer

Small risk of breast cancer seen with hormone contraceptives

CHICAGO (AP) — Modern birth control pills that are lower in estrogen have fewer side effects than past oral contraceptives. But a large Danish study suggests that, like older pills, they still modestly raise the risk of breast cancer, especially with long-term use.

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  • Written by By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer