Daily Rounds: Gates Vs. Polio; Dietary Guidelines Today; Hormone Therapy And Cancer

Judge may escalate battle over healthcare reform | Reuters "A Florida judge could on Monday become the second judge to declare President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law unconstitutional, in the biggest legal challenge yet to federal authority to enact the law." (Reuters)

Bill Gates sets goal of wiping out polio - "Half a century after the March of Dimes put the 20th century's most feared childhood disease on the road to eradication, Bill Gates on Monday will declare polio his top priority and challenge world leaders to finish the job before the disease roars back."(

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are to be released by the USDA and Department of Health and Human Services - "As to what they will contain: I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that the guidelines will tell us to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, possibly in a rainbow of colors. I will further wager that they will recommend we choose whole grains, that they will urge us try to get our sodium intake down and to eat fewer added sugars." (Los Angeles Times)

Hormones Early in Menopause Are Linked to Higher Breast Cancer Risk - "Now, information from a huge study in Britain suggests that the women thought to be at the lowest risk from hormones may actually be at the highest risk, at least when it comes to breast cancer. The study found that women with the greatest risk of breast cancer from hormones were those who took them earliest — before or soon after menopause began." (

Doctor Challenges Cause Of MS And Treatment : NPR "It's been thought that multiple sclerosis is caused by a misguided immune system that attacks the nerves of the brain and spinal cord and can lead to muscle weakness, paralysis and death. However, Zamboni suggests that the disease instead is the result of blocked blood veins — leading to inflammation, which, in turn, causes the immune system to attack nerves in the brain and spinal cord." (

This program aired on January 31, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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