Physician recommendations vary on when to start and stop mammograms for breast cancer screening — and how often to screen patients in between, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.

Why it matters: Doctor recommendations are one of the most important factors determining whether and when patients get screened for breast cancer. Breast cancer can be detected — and then treated — earlier with mammograms, but there is a risk of false positives and unnecessarily treating the disease. The study "suggests a large proportion of primary care physicians recommend screening mammography for women who are more likely to experience harms than benefits from the examination," per researchers not involved in the study.

Researchers found 81 percent of doctors surveyed recommended women between the ages of 40 and 44 receive mammograms and 88 percent suggested screening to patients aged 45 to 49. That advice counters guidelines from the U.S Preventive Services Task Force that suggests mammography for women should begin at age 50 and should occur every two years.

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Commission releases topics for first presidential debate

Moderator Chris Wallace. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace has selected what topics he'll cover while moderating the first presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden next week.

What to watch: Topics for the Sept. 29 debate will include Trump and Biden's records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, economic policy, racism and the integrity of the election, the Commission for Presidential Debates announced on Tuesday. Each topic will receive 15 minutes of conversation and will be presented in no particular order.

Fed chair warns economy will feel the weight of expired stimulus

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday that the expiration of Congress' coronavirus stimulus will weigh on the U.S. economy.

Why it matters: Powell warned that the effects of dried-up benefits are a looming risk to the economy, even if the consequences aren't yet visible.

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Beijing draws Chinese companies even closer

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Chinese Communist Party Secretary Xi Jinping announced last week that the party must strengthen its leadership over private companies, and that entrepreneurs must meet the party's needs. 

Why it matters: Xi's new announcement will increase fears that Chinese businesses may serve as a Trojan horse for the CCP.

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