Top stories in health and medicine this morning, June 4, 2012

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1. ‘Breastfeed Only’ Goal Missed by Many New Moms. Nearly all new mothers in a prospective study said they intended to exclusively breastfeed their infants for at least 3 months, but only about a third actually did so.

2. Paclitaxel Bests New Drugs in Breast Cancer. Patients with metastatic breast cancer did just as well — and maybe better — with paclitaxel-based chemotherapy compared with two newer, more expensive agents.

3. Income Predicts if Patients Will Join Trials. Cancer patients with lower incomes are markedly less likely to say they’re willing to take part in a clinical trial.

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  • lauramitchellrn

    Regarding breastfeeding goals: Since many hospitals accept free formula and society is still hostile to breastfeeding mothers, we’re never going to reach these goals. And what kind of a message are we sending to these mothers when our mouths encourage breastfeeding while we wear an ID badge lanyard that says Enfamil or Similac?