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