News Briefs: Oprah’s New Beginning; Pap Tests Not Needed Before 21; Venezuela & Colombia Tension; Women vs. Men in Workplace

Harpo Productions announced yesterday that the Oprah Winfrey Show will officially be a wrap in 2011. But of course this is all just the beginning of a new chapter for Ms. Oprah Winfrey. Just as she closes one door, she opens another–with the launch of her upcoming network OWN. I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of excited about this. [New York Times]

Accoring to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, women should have their first Pap test no sooner than age 21, regardless of when they become sexually active. Apparently, earlier screening for cervical cancer may lead to unnecessary and possibly harmful treatments for an increasingly rare cancer. After age 21, women should have a Pap test every two years, instead of every year. At age 30, if a woman has no history of cervical cancer and has had three normal Pap tests in a row, she can be screened every three years. Who knows what to believe anymore. It figure it never hurts to make sure that everything’s running smoothly once a year. [CNN]

Venezuela has blown up two pedestrian bridges on its border with Colombia in the latest sign of deteriorating relations between the two countries. [Guardian]

An Australian business executive says women are too modest about their achievements in the workplace, saying: “people whose confidence exceeds their ability are more likely to be men and those whose capabilities exceed their confidence are more likely to be female.” Pretty valid point, I’d say. [Jezebel]

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