Breast cancer patients taking the drug tamoxifen can cut their chances of having the disease come back or kill them if they stay on the pills for 10 years instead of five years as doctors recommend now, a major study finds.
The results could change treatment, especially for younger women. The findings are a surprise because earlier research suggested taking the drug for longer than five years didn't help and might even be harmful.
In the new study, researchers found women who took tamoxifen for 10 years lowered their risk of a recurrence by 25 percent and of dying of breast cancer by 29 percent compared to those who took the pills for just five years.
Gunmen loyal to opposite sides in neighboring Syria's civil war battled on Wednesday in the streets of a northern Lebanese city where two days of clashes have killed at least six people and wounded more than 50, officials said.
The Lebanese army fanned out in the city of Tripoli in an attempt to calm the fighting, with soldiers patrolling the streets in armored personnel carriers and manning checkpoints. Authorities closed major roads because of sniper fire.
The fighting comes at a time of deep uncertainty in Syria, with rebels fighting government troops near Assad's seat of power in Damascus.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reiterated concerns that an increasingly desperate Assad regime might turn to chemical weapons or lose control of them to militant groups.
Judges are postponing a preliminary hearing and a separate trial for former Penn State administrators accused of covering up the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
Court orders issued Wednesday mean a preliminary hearing won't be held as planned next week for the school's former president, vice president and athletic director. A January trial for two of them is also on hold.
A district judge in the Harrisburg suburbs decided to put off the preliminary hearing for Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. A county judge in Harrisburg made a similar decision not to start the trial of Curley and Schultz on some of the charges on Jan. 7.
New dates weren't announced.
A Penn State sorority has apologized after a photo of members wearing sombreros and holding offensive signs circulated on the internet.
One of the signs in the photo of Chi Omega sisters says will mow lawn for weed + beer and another reads I don't cut grass I smoke it. The two women holding signs are wearing fake mustaches.
Chapter president Jessica Riccardi tells campus newspaper The Daily Collegian the sisters are sorry for portraying inappropriate and untrue stereotypes.
The Penn State Panhellenic Council is investigating.