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‘Smart bra’ detects breast cancer years earlier than mammograms

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A new “smart bra” currently undergoing clinical trials can detect cell mutations in the breasts up to six years earlier than traditional mammograms, according to the company that made the device.

The so-called “First Warning System” likely saved the life of Nedra Lindsay, a nurse who discovered she had breast cancer nearly 20 years ago, at the age of 24, after she tried out an early prototype of the device before it was in bra-form. Lindsay was featured Monday in a report by CBS Boston, saying the sensors that are now in the bra showed “proof positive that I had cancer.”

It works by repeatedly measuring heat patterns and the shape of a breast over the course of a day, using detailed readings to track tiny changes in temperature caused by the growth of blood vessels. The computer in the bra can then compare thousands of data points picked up with its sensors to bioinformatic profiles of cancerous tissues, which the company says enables them to deliver a detection alert with up to 90 percent accuracy.

Because it is so sensitive, the bra can actually detect a breast tumor after it has spent just a few years developing. That’s compared to mammography, usually recommended for women over 40, which usually does not detect such young tumors, leaving doctors to stare at an image of a white mass in search of white spots that could represent dense tissue.

While the company has not yet released its clinical trial data, First Warning Systems hopes to have its bra approved by the Food & Drug Administration and on the market within a year. It will likely require a doctor’s prescription.

This video is from CBS Boston, aired Monday, March 18, 2013.

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Republican lawmakers ask judge to destroy smoking gun documents proving GOP’s white supremacy

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Republicans on Monday sought a court order to block damning documents from being used against them in a lawsuit.

"North Carolina Republican lawmakers on Monday asked a court to make sure the files of the now-deceased GOP strategist Tom Hofeller are destroyed, or at least kept secret, instead of being used in a high-profile gerrymandering lawsuit," the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

"The filing comes after the groups behind the lawsuit, including Common Cause, accused Republican lawmakers of making false statements in court in a previous gerrymandering case, when the state’s 2011 maps were ruled unconstitutional," the newspaper noted. "That blockbuster accusation made national headlines and was, it said, based on Hofeller’s files which had been secret until recently."

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Trump angrily demands newspaper reveal unnamed sources behind bombshell report on his Russia policy

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President Donald Trump on Monday evening again lashed out at The New York Times for reporting on his Russia policy.

"The story in The New York Times about the U.S. escalating attacks on Russia’s power grid is fake news, and the failing New York Times knows it," Trump argued in a tweet sent after 10 p.m.

"They should immediately release their sources which, if they exist at all, which I doubt, are phony," he continued.

"Times must be held fully accountable," he demanded.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1140804748423118848

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Trump seethes and calls Fox ‘fake news’ after seeing a story that made him mad

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Trouble appears to be brewing between President Donald Trump and the cable news station he loves: Fox News.

In a tweet Monday night, the president lashed out at the network over its polling and called it “fake news’ — an epithet he usually reserves for mainstream outlets:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1140768516288782336?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Media Matters for America Senior Fellow Matthew Gertz, who has previously noted that Trump appears to record news segments and watch them a few hours later, suggested that the president appeared to be reacting to an earlier segment from Special Report with Bret Baier. The segment showed that, even according to Fox News’ polling, Trump trails every single leading candidate in the Democratic field in head-to-head matchups.

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