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Mammography is 'terribly imperfect,' though recommended

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For women today, turning 40 often brings birthday cake and candles. But it also brings a question: Should I get a mammogram?

Until two years ago, medical groups largely agreed women should get annual mammograms beginning at age 40. In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a group of doctors who evaluate screening tests, broke ranks by encouraging women to talk to their doctors and make up their own minds.

Yet the debate continues. Though few dispute the facts about mammograms, they often disagree on how women should act on results, says Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society.

Car-safety group: Half of child booster seats pose risks

Car-safety group: Half of child booster seats pose risks

Half of children's car booster seats can't ensure a proper fit with all safety belts, an insurance industry-funded safety group says in a report out today.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said six were so bad that it recommended parents avoid them.

Booster seats, which are recommended for children who have outgrown forward-facing child seats, are designed to raise kids up so adult-size safety belts fit properly.

"Not all boosters are doing that well," says Anne McCartt, the institute's research chief.

Children ages 4-8 in booster seats are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash than those using only seat belts.

Booster seats were rated based on how well they fit the roughly 20 million 4- to 8-year-olds with the lap and shoulder belts in a wide range of vehicles.

IIHS says its ratings are important because it's impossible to tell which booster seats are better just by comparing prices or features.