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False Positive Mammograms Raise Health Care Use

By Suzanne Rostler

Thursday April 19, 2001

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Screening mammograms that indicate cancer but turn out to be untrue upon followup can lead to an increase in women's use of medical services in the year following the test, study findings suggest.

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More Women in Studies, But Data Still Lacking

April 19, 2001

WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - More women may be participating in clinical trials, but there is still little gender-specific information coming out of those studies, consumer advocates complained to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials on Wednesday.
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Out of the frying pan...

From New Scientist magazine

April 21, 2001

by Nicola Jones

GENDER-BENDING chemicals that mimic the effect of oestrogen are common in sunscreens, warns a team of Swiss researchers who have found that they trigger developmental abnormalities in rats. "We need to do more tests to see how they might be affecting people," says Margaret Schlumpf from the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

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Enzyme Activity Explains Why Women Get Drunk Faster

Friday April 20, 2001

Enzyme Activity Explains Why Women Get Drunk Faster

By Suzanne Rostler

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study sheds light on why a couple of martinis can inspire an otherwise reserved women to become the life of the party while her male counterpart sits soberly in the corner sipping his fourth drink.

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Breastfeeding is good for Mom, too; health benefits extend beyond baby

By Leah J. Simmons
Lifestyles Editor

April 19, 2001

Most people know that breastmilk is a baby's most perfect food. It provides just the right nutrients that a baby needs and is always available.

But many may not realize breastfeeding has benefits for Mom, as well, and its positive properties extend even beyond Mom and Baby.

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Breastfeeding is good for Mom, too; health benefits extend beyond baby

By Leah J. Simmons

Lifestyles Editor

April 19, 2001

Most people know that breastmilk is a baby's most perfect food. It provides just the right nutrients that a baby needs and is always available.

But many may not realize breastfeeding has benefits for Mom, as well, and its positive properties extend even beyond Mom and Baby.

Crystal Stearns, director of Mercy Memorial Health Center's Healthy Start Breastfeeding and Education Resource Center, said breastfeeding a child makes a mom less susceptible to certain diseases.

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Nutritional Supplementation For Cancer, Part 1

Stephen Byrnes, PhD, RNCP

April 19, 2001

Unfortunately, there is no magic supplement regime you can embark on to either prevent or treat cancer. However, there is sufficient evidence that certain nutrients, phytochemicals, fatty acids, hormones, and enzymes can play a major role.

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Alzheimer's May Be Linked to Body Shape

Alzheimer's May Be Linked to Body Shape

October 25, 2001 By Emma Hitt, PhD

ATLANTA (Reuters Health) - Alzheimer's disease may be more common among people with a relatively small waist but sizable hips than among people with the opposite proportions, researchers suggest.

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Cement Injections Ease Pain of Fractured Vertebrae

Cement Injections Ease Pain of Fractured Vertebrae

October 26, 2001 By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Spinal injections of acrylic cement can reduce the pain of fractured vertebrae without surgery, according to the results of a study.

The study's authors suggest that it may be possible to stave off some fractures by injecting the cement into damaged vertebrae that have not yet collapsed.