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2010-05-28 18:10:28

More than half a million women in the United States undergo a hysterectomy each year and approximately half of those surgeries include removal of the ovaries. Researchers know that removing a woman's ovaries is associated with a reduction in the risk of developing breast cancer, but it has not been clear whether those cancers that do arise in these women differ from breast cancers in the general population. Now, investigators at Fox Chase Cancer Center report that women who have had a...

2010-04-19 08:00:00

LOS ANGELES, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a synthetic menopause treatment method available to women suffering from symptoms of menopause. While this treatment is effective, it has been linked to serious diseases such as breast cancer. Because of that, many women have chosen not to risk their health with HRT treatments. The risks associated with HRT are simply too great for many women. In the past, women have resigned themselves to suffering menopause...

2010-04-12 14:19:56

Most women scheduled for gynecologic surgery to address noncancerous symptoms said in a recently published survey that they were not worried about the effects of the procedure on their sex lives. However, a surprising 37 percent of women planning to be sterilized did express concern in this study that they might have less sexual desire after the operation "“ even though that surgery does not affect hormone levels. Among those in the study who were having reproductive organs surgically...

2010-03-09 15:26:15

Removal of the ovaries (bilateral oophorectomy) while performing a hysterectomy is common practice to prevent the subsequent development of ovarian cancer. This prophylactic procedure is performed in 55% of all U.S. women having a hysterectomy, or approximately 300,000 times each year. An article in the March/April issue of The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology suggests that this procedure may do more harm than good. William H. Parker, MD, John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John's...

2010-02-23 08:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The onset of menopause signals the natural end of a woman's reproductive life. One of the first signs of menopause is a disruption in the menstrual cycle. Women may begin to notice that their menstrual cycle is unusually irregular. Their cycle may begin to occur once every few months, and the duration and flow may be different than that with which they are familiar. Eventually, the woman will experience a complete cessation of her menstrual cycle. When...

2010-02-09 08:44:47

Women who have recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or who are at a high risk for developing the disease may benefit from having their ovaries removed, said a gynecologic oncologist at Baylor College of Medicine. "For patients with a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer, surgery significantly impacts their survival," said Dr. Concepcion Diaz-Arrastia, director of gynecologic oncology and an assistant professor at BCM. "For high-risk women "“ women who have previously had breast cancer...

2010-02-08 06:54:18

Postmenopausal hormone therapy and asthma onset in the E3N cohort Estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may increase the risk of developing asthma after the menopause, suggests a large scale study published ahead of print in the journal Thorax. The authors base their findings on 57,664 women, who were quizzed about their use of HRT and development of asthma symptoms every two years between 1990 and 2002. All the women were taking part in the French E3N study, which includes almost...

2009-11-24 16:02:36

A menopause-cardiology consensus statement has called for direct action to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) in menopausal women. The statement also concludes that there is little evidence of increased CVD risk in taking HRT. The International Menopause Society consensus statement was developed at a Workshop** between menopause specialists and cardiologists. The Task Force on Gender of the European Society of Cardiology participated in the Workshop. The statement was published in current...

2009-11-04 09:58:21

For estrogen replacement to provide stroke protection, it likely must be given soon after levels drop because of menopause or surgical removal of the ovaries, scientists report in the Journal of Neuroscience. Animal studies indicate a "critical period" for estrogen replacement and that when therapy is delayed, estrogen receptors on brain cells are significantly diminished along with the neuroprotection estrogen typically conveys, according to scientists from the Medical College of Georgia,...

2009-08-06 12:58:27

Forty percent of women who have a high risk of breast cancer had risk-reducing mastectomies and 45 percent had ovaries removed, British researchers said. These surgeries are widely used by carriers of BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations to reduce the risk for breast and ovarian cancer. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are gene mutations that indicate an increased risk for breast cancer. Women have their breasts or ovaries removed based on their risk. It does not always happen immediately after counseling or a...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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