Daily Rounds: Stop Texting Now! Mammogram Mixed Messages; Innovation Chief Snapshot; The ADHD Gene; A New Nurturing Planet?

Mass. texting while driving ban begins Thursday - "The new law also prohibits scanning the Internet on a phone or mobile device while driving and bans anyone under 18 from talking on a cell phone while driving. Violators will face fines ranging from $100 for a first offense and up to $500 for repeat offenses. The ban still applies when drivers are at a stoplight." (

Mammogram Benefit Is Seen for Women in Their 40s - "The study’s conclusions contrast with those of a report last year by the United States Preventive Services Task Force, an independent group that issues guidelines on cancer screening, questioning the benefit of screening women younger than 50." (The New York Times)

New 'Innovation' Chief Comes From 'Model' Health Care System - Kaiser Health News Dr. Richard Gilfillan was just appointed the new acting director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. "It is one of the most important positions in HHS because almost all of the reform of the delivery system potential hinges on this innovation center. It is as key a position as there is," said Gail Wilensky, who ran the Health Care Financing Administration — now CMS — from 1990 to 1992." (

Kids with ADHD more likely to have missing DNA - "Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are twice as likely to have missing or extra chromosomes than other children — the first evidence that the disorder is genetic, a new study says." (Boston Globe)

New Planet May Be Able to Nurture Organisms - It might be a place that only a lichen or pond scum could love, but astronomers said Wednesday that they had found a very distant planet capable of harboring water on its surface, thus potentially making it a home for plant or animal life." (The New York Times)

This program aired on September 30, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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