Womans Health

Ovarian Cancer has Genetic Risk Factor

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(Best Syndication News) - Scientists have found genetic patterns in five areas of the genome that are associated with a risk for developing ovarian cancer in women. There was two separate studies that found the genetic association and the scientists from US, Europe, Canada and Australia have reported their results in Sunday's online edition of Nature Genetics.

The researched compared 10,283 women that had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer with 13,185 women that did not have it for genetic DNA patterns for the cancer. The scientists found that chromosome 9 had a stretch of DNA with the letter variation of SNP that was related to ovarian cancer risk. In addition to this the scientists found more stretches of DNA on chromosomes 2, 3, 8, 17, and 19. Four of the five newly discovered DNA variations were found most often in women that developed the aggressive form of the ovarian cancer.

Menopause Hot Flash Treatment Evamist Spray should not come in Contact with Children or Pets

Menopause Hot Flash Treatment Evamist Spray should not come in Contact with Children or Pets

FDA's Evamist Spray Pets and Children PDF Advisory Notice

(Best Syndication News) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice to consumers that they should be extremely careful when using the Evamist spray which is a menopause hot flash treatment that is applied to the skin. The FDA is saying that women who use Evamist should not have children or pets come in contact with the skin where the Evamist was applied.

The reason for concern is that the menopause hot flash treatment contains the estrogen hormone estradiol. Evamist is applied on the inside of the forearm between the elbow and the wrist. The FDA is currently reviewing reports they have of adverse events of children and pets that may have become exposed to the Evamist estrogen spray. Some of the complaints of children that may have been exposed that were received by the FDA include premature puberty, nipple swelling and breast development in girls and breast enlargement in boys. The pet exposure complaints received by the FDA said that the animals had mammary/nipple enlargement and vulvar swelling.

Losing Weight can ease Hot Flashes in Menopausal Women

Losing Weight can ease Hot Flashes in Menopausal Women

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(Best Syndication News) - A study published in the July 12th issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine found that obese and overweight women had lessened hot flashes when they lost weight and exercise. Another name for hot flashes are hot flushes.

Hot flashes happen to women for five or more years during menopause. It is a common problem that as many as a third of all menopausal women have complained about. The researchers noticed that the higher the women's body mass index (BMI) the more frequent and severe the hot flashes were compared to those women that had the lower BMI numbers.

The researchers from the University of California, San Francisco conducted a six-month randomized controlled trial. They had 338 women with an average age of 53 that were overweight or obese and had urinary incontinence. They assigned 226 of these women to an intensive weight loss program and the other 112 women were assigned to a control group. Around half of the women had said they had experienced hot flashes at some point before the study began.

Community Program to Prevent Weight Gain was helpful for Australian Women

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(Best Syndication News) - A study conducted by the Australian Women's Health Organisation found that women that attended the HeLP-her Community Lifestyle Program prevented weight gain compared to the control group that did not get the behavior intervention. The study was published today at the online edition of the British Medical Journal, bmj.com.

Australia is facing the same obesity epidemic and is the fourth biggest nation of people that are either overweight or obese. There are 60 percent of the Australian population that is considered over their normal healthy weight. Young women in Australia have been gaining weight at a more rapid pace than any other age range for women. The study wanted to determine if a community run intervention program was beneficial at stopping the weight gain for these women.

Daily Multi-Vitamin intake increased Breast Cancer Risk for Women

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A Swedish study found that women who regulary take multivitamins on a daily basis had an increased risk for developing breast cancer. Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm investigated 35,000 women from the age of 49 and 83 during a 10-year period comparing their multivitamin intake with breast cancer diagnosis. The researchers saw a 20 percent increased risk of developing breast cancer for those taking multivitamins on a daily basis.

One possible cause for the increase suggests the researchers is the increased amount of folic acid which might be possible to speed up tumor growth. Most multivitamins contain folic acid.

The researchers do point out that more study would be necessary to determine if multivitamins are safe or not.

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