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Birth Control Pill For Nuns Would Reduce Cancer Risks
2011-12-08 11:34:18

A strong risk factor for cancer in women is childlessness, and a new study in The Lancet suggests that nuns be prescribed the contraceptive pill in hopes of reducing enhanced death rates of nuns from breast, ovarian and uterine cancer that result from their childlessness. Pregnancy and breastfeeding a baby reduces the number of ovulatory cycles a woman has in her lifetime and an increased number of ovulatory cycles increases cancer risk. Women who begin their periods at an early age and...

2011-12-07 21:59:58

Changing the order in which two drugs are taken significantly extended the lives of women with metastatic breast cancer, a study has found. Women who took the drugs anastrozole and fulvestrant in combination lived more than six months longer than women who took the drugs in sequence, researchers reported Dec. 7 at the 2011 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. "This most likely will change the standard of care for how we treat these patients," said Kathy Albain, MD, of Loyola...

2011-12-07 21:34:36

Researchers have proven the continuing effectiveness of treating patients with estrogen receptor-positive premenopausal breast cancer with adjuvant zoledronic acid in addition to adjuvant endocrine treatment including ovarian function suppression. Data from the Austrian Breast & Colorectal Cancer Study Group (ABCSG-12), reported at the 2011 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held Dec. 6-10, 2011, confirmed and extended data reported at 48 months and 62 months of follow-up....

FDA Considers Blood Clot Warning On Birth Control Pill Yaz
2011-12-07 14:01:11

The Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday that they are leaning towards adding new information about the risk of blood clots to labels of birth control pills. The FDA said there is conflicting evidence about the risk, but the information should still appear in labeling used by doctors and patients. "We believe that, because of the consistency in recent reports for an increased risk, product labeling should reflect that very real possibility," the FDA said. The agency will ask...

Herbicide Spurs Reproductive Problems In Many Animals
2011-11-29 04:19:57

An international team of researchers has reviewed the evidence linking exposure to atrazine — an herbicide widely used in the U.S. and more than 60 other nations — to reproductive problems in animals. The team found consistent patterns of reproductive dysfunction in amphibians, fish, reptiles and mammals exposed to the chemical. Atrazine is the second-most widely used herbicide in the U.S. More than 75 million pounds of it are applied to corn and other crops, and it is the most...

2011-11-16 22:52:28

Many men discontinue treatment, increasing their chances for recurrence About half of male breast cancer patients who take the drug tamoxifen to prevent their disease from returning report side effects such as weight gain and sexual dysfunction, which prompts more than 20 percent of them to discontinue treatment, according to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The study, which is the largest to date of how the estrogen-blocking drug is tolerated in men...

Contraceptive Pill Possibly Linked To Prostate Cancer
2011-11-15 09:18:16

Research published in the online journal, BMJ Open, suggests that use of the contraceptive pill is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer type among males in the developed world, BBC reports. Canadian investigators report that they may have found a possible link between use of the contraceptive pill and prostate cancer rates. However experts are taking pains to point out this is not proof that one causes the other and it could possibly be an...


Word of the Day
holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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