” …Tens of thousands of women each year have their ovaries taken out during a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus… Researchers found that women’s risk of ovarian cancer diminished when their ovaries were removed, but their risks of dying from other, more common causes rose… Based on the results, it looks like, if given a choice, you should keep your ovaries, said Leslie Bernstein, a professor at City of Hope cancer center…”
“ I read with interest your letter… This certainly raises the possibility that you have an abnormally shaped womb… This condition is in no way dangerous to your health… It is possible that this abnormality contributed to your recent miscarriage but it is equally possible that the problem was related to some developmental disturbance in the pregnancy itself… Before advising any treatment for this suspected abnormality I think we would need much more concrete evidence that it is contributing to miscarriage… ”
Among menopausal women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT), the risk of cholecystectomy was increased among those using oral estrogen therapy, especially oral regimens without a progestagen.
This is the finding of a prospective cohort study that assessed the use of different regimens of HRT among more than 70 000 menopausal women. Complicated gallstone disease should be added to the list of potential adverse events to be considered when balancing the benefits and risks associated with HRT, say the authors.
Does your dentist avoid dental materials containing bisphenol A?
” … Researchers at New England Research Institutes looked at 534 children who had fillings for at least two cavities, examining their behaviour before and five years after getting the dental treatment… … The findings show kids with a high number of fillings made from the controversial plastics chemical bisphenol-A or BPA had more behavioural problems than children with fewer of the plastic fillings… ”
“ Most people don’t realize that to garner FDA approval, a drug company only has to show the medication is better than nothing and the benefit outweighs harm… …The initial studies are also often conducted over a short period of time – usually six months.”
says Steven Woloshin, MD, professor of medicine at Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.
Mammograms are important, but they’re not the whole story
” … What would have happened if I had simply undergone a mammogram, with no access to a doctor or trained breast nurse? I would have received the all-clear and an invitation for another mammogram in three years time. Although I would have found a lump sooner than that (I hope), the cancer would have been much more advanced and more radical surgery and treatment would have been necessary. I fear this must happen to far too many people… ”