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Popular Antidepressant Linked To Breast Cancer Tumors

Popular Antidepressant Linked To Breast Cancer Tumors

Mar 08, 2014 by

An antidepressant commonly prescribed for women undergoing breast cancer treatment has been shown to promote the development and growth of breast tumors in women. Researchers at the City of Hope Cancer Research Center in Duarte, Calif., screened 446 drugs in wide circulation to identify how they disrupt the balance of sex hormones in humans and influence the development and progress of diseases like breast cancer. They found that paroxetine -- better known by its commercial name Paxil -- has a weak estrogenic effect that could promote the development and growth of breast tumors in women. Paxil was being taken by about a quarter of the depressed cancer patients in City of Hope’s...
The Vitamin And Mineral Combo That Saves Your Heart

The Vitamin And Mineral Combo That Saves Your Heart

Mar 07, 2014 by

Amidst all the controversy over the what taking vitamins can do for your health, researchers working on a project called the Women’s Health Initiative have found that a particular vitamin and mineral combination can improve your heart health. The study shows that taking vitamin D and calcium after menopause can improve women’s cholesterol profiles. In the research, women who took 1,000 mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D3 daily increased their chances of having at least 30 ng/mL of vitamin D in their blood, a normal level, according to standards set by the Institute of Medicine. Taking the supplements also, on average, lowered women’s LDL (bad cholesterol) levels more than...
How To Avoid Kidney Stone Pain

How To Avoid Kidney Stone Pain

Dec 18, 2013 by

Few pains are as torturous as the pain generated by a kidney stone. The good news: Research at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Puget Sound Department of Veterans Affairs shows that a couple of simple lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce your risk for stones. Research now shows that you are more likely to suffer kidney stones if you are very overweight or have diabetes, heart disease or metabolic syndrome. As more and more people suffer kidney stones, especially women, kidney stones have become a serious public health issue. But a study of more than 84,000 postmenopausal women participating in the Women's Health Initiative shows that just exercising a...
Less Cancer Pain Without Taking More Drugs

Less Cancer Pain Without Taking More Drugs

Dec 13, 2013 by

Serious joint pain can be a side effect of cancer treatment. But researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Yale have found a drug-free way to ease the discomfort. The study involved 121 postmenopausal women who were taking drugs called aromatase inhibitors (AIs) for breast cancer. The women rated their joint pain on a standard pain-evaluation questionnaire. When the scientists had some of the women take part in exercise sessions entailing aerobic exercise and light weight lifting, they found that physical activity reduced pain, on average, by 20 percent. "This is one of the first studies to identify an approach -- particularly a non-medical approach -- that can...
The Cancer Drink

The Cancer Drink

Nov 30, 2013 by

If, like many Americans, you sip some of the most popular sweet beverages every day, you may be making yourself more vulnerable to cancer. Research at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in Minneapolis shows that a woman’s choice of drink can exert a significant effect on her chances of endometrial cancer. In this study, postmenopausal women who reported the highest intake of sugar-sweetened beverages (soft drinks and juice drinks) had a 78 percent increased risk for estrogen-dependent type I endometrial cancer, the most common type. The study demonstrated, that the more sugar-sweetened beverages you imbibe, the greater your cancer risk. "Although ours is the...
Hypnosis Hinders Hot Flashes

Hypnosis Hinders Hot Flashes

Oct 26, 2012 by

If you suffer from hot flashes, hypnosis may cut your suffering by up to 74 percent, according to a study at the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory at Baylor University. How hypnosis eases hot flashes isn't clear. The authors of the study speculate that it may be because hypnosis improves the function of the parasympathetic nervous system. This system is popularly called the "rest and digest" system. It slows the sympathetic or "fight or flight" nervous system that controls body functions that ramp up during hot flashes, such as sweating and heart...
Get Rid Of Hot Flashes And Night Sweats

Get Rid Of Hot Flashes And Night Sweats

Jul 13, 2012 by

The discomforts of menopause plague many women as they age. Now, scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland say that by adjusting your diet, you may reduce or eliminate menopausal symptoms. The Women's Health Initiative study of 17,473 women shows that women on a diet low in fat and high in whole grains, fruit and vegetables who have menopausal symptoms who are not taking hormone replacement therapy, and who lose weight (10 or more pounds or 10 or more percent of their baseline body weight) are more likely to reduce or eliminate hot flashes and night sweats after one year. "While the mechanism is not completely understood, hot flashes and night sweats are thought...
Hormones That Boost Women’s Health

Hormones That Boost Women’s Health

May 14, 2012 by

Media reports have trumpeted the fact that hormone replacement with synthetic progestin and oral estrogen poses serious health risks for women. Lost in the commotion: Bio-identical progesterone and topical estrogen are important tools for women’s health. They can help relieve PMS and ease menopause problems while lowering your risk of cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis. Progesterone’s Health Benefits By nature, progesterone is a calming or tranquility hormone. It can even cause you to feel a bit sleepy; that’s one reason why it is taken at night. It makes a woman feel better from the symptoms of PMS such as: Bloating. Irritability. Breast tenderness. Migraine...
Calcium Plus Protein Equals Healthy Weight Loss

Calcium Plus Protein Equals Healthy Weight Loss

Dec 14, 2011 by

A major concern of dieting individuals is getting adequate nutrients while cutting back on calorie intake. Researchers at McMaster University report that a healthy weight-loss eating plan should include protein- and calcium-rich foods.Authors of the study observed a group of overweight or obese premenopausal women who were on diets consisting of high, medium or low intake of dairy products, and differing amounts of protein and carbohydrates.The team reported that volunteers on high-dairy and high-protein diets lost about the same amount of weight as the other participants, but improved their markers of bone density and had less abdominal fat than their counterparts on different eating...
Seniors At Serious Risk From Prescriptions

Seniors At Serious Risk From Prescriptions

Nov 23, 2011 by

Four out of 10 older adults receiving home-healthcare are probably taking one or more prescription drugs that are unsafe or ineffective for someone their age, according to a study published in The Journal of General Internal Medicine. Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College discovered that home-healthcare patients over the age of 65 are prescribed inappropriate medications at triple the rate of people who visit doctors' offices. On average, these seniors are taking 11 medications each, a potentially dangerous situation since combinations of prescription drugs frequently lead to interactions that can cause life-threatening side effects. "Elderly patients receiving home health...

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