33MD for April 2, 2009

POSTED: Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 6:45pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:58pm

A new report on mammograms is stirring controversy. A new study says women are overestimating the benefits of mammograms. Researchers say fewer than 5% of women whose breast tumors are detected by mammograms actually have their lives saved by the screening. The American Cancer Society disputes these figures, saying the number is actually 15%.

If you’re looking to lose a few pounds, forget watching your plate. Experts say what you drink may be more important than what you eat when you’re on a diet. In a study at Johns Hopkins, doctors found the amount of calories adults consumed from liquids had more of an impact on weight than calories from solid food. They say those who cut out sugar-sweetened drinks lost the most weight. So your best bet, according to the researchers, is to stay away from sodas and juices and get plenty of water.

Today is World Autism Day and there’s an important discover to tell you about. Researchers at Yale University have found a key difference in what grabs the attention of Autistic children compared to other kids. They say kids with Autism only paid attention to this stick figure when it started clapping its hands while playing pat-a-cake. Most other toddlers were fascinated with the figure’s movement, gestures, and facial expressions. Because this difference may be detected during infancy, it could help doctors begin treatment at a much earlier age.