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Using the contraceptive pill may contribute to living longer

Oral contraceptive use is not associated with increased long-term mortality rates and, in fact, there is a modest but measurable reduction in risk of death in the long term, according to the results of a large, prospective UK cohort study reported in the March 11, 2010 issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ). More...


An effective anti-aging skin preparation that on the way?

Virtually all products in the marketplace with a claimed anti-aging skin benefit have no scientific basis and the claims are at best dubious and at worst patently false. A new moisturizing cream containing turmeric extract, an ingredient found in curry, significantly improves the appearance of facial spots, fine lines, and wrinkles, according to results from two split-face studies  presented at the American Academy of Dermatology 68th Annual Meeting in Miami. More...

Pregnant women at much higher risk of life threatening swine flu illness

Pregnancy may increase the risk for critical illness related to swine flu (H1N1 influenza), according to the results of a population-based cohort study reported in the March 18, 2010 online edition of the British Medical Journal. More...


Sugary drinks and cancer risk

The February 2010 issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention reports results of a study which shows that  people who drink two or more sweetened soft drinks a week have a much higher risk of pancreatic cancer, an uncommon but deadly cancer, researchers reported. More...


HPV test for cervical screening showing promise

A large study published in January 2010  has results showing that, for women aged 35 or older, human papillomavirus (HPV)-based screening is more effective in detecting high-grade cervical lesions and preventing invasive cervical cancer than cytology. More...


Internal womb contractions monitoring not for routine use

Monitoring uterine contractions with an internal uterine pressure catheter (internal tocodynamometry) during induced labour should not be done on a routine basis, a view that to some extent contradicts existing some professional society recommendations, according to new study published in the 28th of January 2010 issue of the respected New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). More...


Antiretroviral medication in pregnancy appears to be safe

In women with HIV, antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy does not appear to cause increased risk of congenital abnormalities, a recently published Latin American study suggests. More...


Apart from contraception, the Pill has other health benefits

A practise bulletin issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and published in the January 2010 issue of the medical journal Obstetrics & Gynecology aims to remind women and medical practitioners that benefits of the pill and other forms of hormonal contraception extend beyond the primary purpose of pregnancy prevention. More...


Statins for Polycystic Ovaries?

Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) struggle with a variety of problems to varying degrees. The most common are obesity, erratic periods, increased body hair (hirsutism), intractable acne and fertility problems. There is a lot of research activity on this area of medicine. Now, a new study carried out in Poland and just published in the December 2009 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism reports some new interesting results. More...


More evidence of the mother’s benefits from breast feeding

The fact that breast feeding is good for both mother and baby is no longer a matter of debate. Now, there is even more reason for those who breast feed or are planning to do so to stick to their decision. More evidence that breast-feeding likely has long-term health benefits for the mother as well as the child has emerged from a new US study, the results of which appear in the January 2010 issue of the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. More...


CT Scan excessive use and possible cancer risk increase

Computed tomography (CT) scans are widely used and are an invaluable tool for medical imaging. However, the possible overuse of CT scans and the variability in radiation doses might subsequently lead to thousands of cases of cancer, according to findings from two new studies published in the 14/18 December 2009 issue of the medical journal Archives of Internal Medicine. More...


Reversing female sterilisation

Robotically assisted laparoscopic microsurgery allows successful tubal re-anastomosis, investigators from Belgium reported in an online publication of the journal Fertility and Sterility on December 29, 2009. More...


TENS machine ineffective for chronic low back pain?

A new evidence-based review from the American Academy of Neurology concludes that transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) is not recommended for use in treating chronic low-back pain but adds that TENS should be considered to treat diabetic neuropathy. More...



Predicting a successful pregnancy outcome

A study  presented at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)  57th Annual Clinical Meeting in Chicago, USA on the 13th of May 2009 reports findings of an up to 94% accurate prediction of a pregnancy outcome when a transvaginal scan is performed between Day 33 and Day 36 post-conception.  More...


At last: Something positive about alcohol: The operative word is ‘moderation’

It is certainly uncommon to have a positive health report attached to alcohol consumption but it appears we have that rare exception here. According to the results of a study reported in the April 2009 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Moderate consumption of alcohol may increase bone mineral density (BMD) in men as well as postmenopausal women. More..



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