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Study: Hormone replacement therapy increases ovarian cancer risk

Bloomberg News (7/15 Ostrow) reports Women who had hormone therapy for menopause symptoms were more likely to develop ovarian cancer regardless of the length formulation or type of treatment they received according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers noted that the finding suggests that no type of hormone seems safe regarding the risk of ovarian cancer. Furthermore if a woman has a special predisposition for ovarian cancer she should consider not taking hormones.

Vitamins fail to impress in another cancer prevention trial

Prostate cancer remains one of the most frequent malignancies in older U.S. men with about 186 000 new cases and 29 000 deaths predictable for 2008. Many people look to vitamin pills for prevention of chronic diseases like cancer though benefits have been few and far between. Several earlier studies suggest that vitamin E may reduce or delay the risk of prostate cancer. The most persuasive data sustaining a role of vitamin E in the prevention of prostate cancer have come from the Finnish ATBC (Alpha-Tocopherol Beta Carotene) Cancer Prevention Trial.

Common Supplement Ginkgo biloba Found to have no effect on Preventing dementia

Dementia is a condition which affects “higher” mental functions like memory attention language and problem solving skills.   It is reported that 1% of adults of 60 years of age are affected with dementia. Ginkgo is extensively used as an herbal medicine for treating dementia in Europe and the United States. It is widely believed though not proven that Ginkgo generally treats circulatory disorders and enhances memory. Just like other medicinal herbs ginkgo leaves are used in the form of a concentrated standardized ginkgo biloba extract (GBE).

Study: Lung drugs linked with cardiac problems

Spiriva Atrovent and other inhaled anticholinergic agents are among those most commonly used for COPD. Dr. Sonal Singh assistant professor of internal medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem N.C reports that "We found a 58 percent increased risk of cardiac death heart attack or stroke " in people taking these drugs. In absolute terms what it means is that if you were to use these drugs for a year your...

Management Strategies For Unstable Angina / NSTEMI

A meta-analysis conducted by Michelle O'Donoghue MD and colleagues and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reccomends that men and women with high-risk unstable angina/non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (UA/NSTEMI) should have an invasive management strategy as part of their treatment. It goes on to posit however that low-risk women should be treated with a greater degree of conservatism. The analysis is based on randomized trials eight in total.

Incontinence Risks For Older And Overweight Women

The September 17th issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) contains a study claiming that approximately one quarter of women and more than a third of older women reported at least one pelvic floor disorder in a survey carried out recently. The study also finds that disorders of the Pelvic Floor for example urinary and fecal incontinence and pelvic organ shifting are more common as women get older and their weight increases. Pelvic floor disorders are an important component in the issues surrounding women's health.

Seeds Nuts and Popcorn Do Not Appear to Increase Risk of Diverticulitis

Diverticular disease a common disorder whereby an out-pouching of the colon occurs can bring with it diverticulitis (an inflammation of those pouches) or bleeding. Typically even though the reasons for the inflammation were not known those who were affected by diverticular disease were warned against eating tree nuts popcorn or seeds and in some cases even corn. A new study challenges the accuracy of that long standing traditional directive: reported results now indicate that these foods do not in fact associate with diverticular  disease.

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