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Advancing women's health through scientific mobility
A Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship grant has enabled an ambitious young French researcher to make important advances in identifying a possible genetic association between endometriosis (when tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows outside) and a higher risk of developing melanoma, a skin cancer. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 8, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

Growing Up with a Psychotic Mother
I was ten when my mother had her first psychotic break. It was May. I was looking forward to lazy summer days at the pool, an art camp, a stack of Babysitters Club books, and daydreaming about my first crush, a boy with a splay of freckles and a mop of dark hair. Instead, I was forced to grow up too soon. This meant wearing deodorant and shaving my arm pits. It also meant seeing my mother in a state of complete psychosis, one in which she thought maybe she had killed the postman or the neighbor girl. “I didn’t. Mean. Tokillthepostman.” Her words were all wrong, strung together in a series of hiccups a...
Source: Psych Central - November 6, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Leslie A. Lindsay Tags: Bipolar Depression Essays Family General Personal Stories Psychology Bipolar Disorder delusions hallucinations Hospitalization involuntary hospitalization Manic Depression Manic Episode Psychosis psychotic mania Source Type: news

FDA: Don't Remove Uterine Fibroids With Ultrasonic Aspirators FDA: Don't Remove Uterine Fibroids With Ultrasonic Aspirators
The agency's nonbinding recommendation points to the same risk posed by power morcellators -- the inadvertent dispersion of occult cancer. ACOG disagrees with the new guidance.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - October 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Alert Source Type: news

Living With Cancer: Endometrial cancer
Endometrial cancer? Endometrial cancer begins in the layer of cells that form the lining (endometrium) of the uterus. It?is often detected at an early stage, because it frequently produces abnormal vaginal bleeding, which prompts women to see their health care providers. If endometrial cancer is discovered early, surgically removing the uterus often cures it. Learn [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - October 27, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

‘ Damaged for the rest of my life ’: Woman says surgeons mistakenly removed her breasts and uterus
Elisha Cooke-Moore had been told she had cancer-causing genes. The 36-year-old mother said an obstetrician-gynecologist noted that the results of her genetic testing showed she had a 50 percent chance of getting breast cancer and up to an 80 percent chance of getting uterine cancer, so she underwent a recommended double mastectomy and hysterectomy to try to beat the odds. But Cooke-Moore, […]Related:World leaders rehearse for a pandemic that will come ‘sooner than we expect’Conjoined twins survived one of the world’s rarest surgeries. Now they’re preparing t...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists track ovarian cancers to site of origin: Fallopian tubes
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Some scientists have suspected that the most common form of ovarian cancer may originate in the fallopian tubes, the thin fibrous tunnels that connect the ovaries to the uterus. Now, results of a study of nine women suggest that the genomic roots of many ovarian tumors may indeed arise in the fallopian tubes, potentially providing insights into the origin of ovarian cancer and suggesting new ways for prevention and intervention of this disease (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 23, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Cervical cancer survivor has given birth after surgery
Rachel Bainbridge, 29, from Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, had her cervix removed but uterus left intact after having key-hole surgery, which allowed her to become pregnant and go into remission. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Science Saturday: Microbes may hold key to detecting endometrial cancer
Researchers at Mayo Clinic are studying vaginal microbes directly within the uterine environment to investigate how they might influence the development of endometrial cancer. Results from the researchers' vaginal microbe study?were published?online Nov. 25, 2016, in the journal Genome Medicine. "We set out to discover whether there is a microbiome component in the malignancy of [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - September 30, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Why Hormone Replacement Therapy May Be Safer Than You Think
The pendulum has swung from one extreme to the other when it comes to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat symptoms of menopause. At first, the replacement hormones—mostly a combination of estrogen and progestin to replace what the body stops making after menopause—were seen as a panacea. Doctors thought they could not only relieve hot flashes and night sweats, but also prevent chronic aging diseases like heart problems and weakening bones. But studies then found that the supplement hormones could lead to a higher risk of breast cancer—and that they didn’t protect the heart after all. In the l...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Drugs estrogen Hormone Therapy hormones for menopause hot flashes night sweats progestin Reproductive Health treating menopause Source Type: news

50% Of Men Don't Know Where The Vagina Is, According To UK Study
September is Gynecological Cancer Awareness month, which aims to bring more attention and understanding of five cancers: ovarian, uterine, cervical, vaginal and vulvar. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 3, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

This tissue paper is made from actual organ tissues
[Image from Northwestern University]Northwestern University researchers have created biomaterials made from animal organs and tissues that could potentially support natural hormone production in young cancer patients and aid wound healing. The materials, aptly named tissue papers, are made from structural proteins that are excreted by cells and give organs their forms and structures. The tissue papers are thin and flexible enough that they can be formed into origami birds.` Researchers used ovarian, uterine, kidney, liver, muscle and heart proteins to create different types of tissue papers. The tissues were collected...
Source: Mass Device - August 24, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Regenerative Medicine Research & Development Wound Care MedTech Northwestern University organ tissue Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Ordered To Pay $417 Million In Lawsuit Linking Baby Powder To Cancer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company’s iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. The verdict in the lawsuit brought by the California woman, Eva Echeverria, marks the largest sum awarded in a series of talcum powder lawsuit verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in courts around the U.S. Echeverria alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers about talcum powder’s potential cancer risks. She used...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News baby powder Johnson & Johnson Source Type: news

For post-menopausal women, vaginal estrogens do not raise risk of cancer, other diseases
This study, the first to examine potential adverse health effects in users of vaginal estrogen compared with non-users, suggests that vaginal estrogen therapy is a safe treatment for genitourinary symptoms such as burning, discomfort, and pain during intercourse associated with menopause.AUTHORSThe paper ’s authors are Dr. Carolyn Crandall of UCLA; Kathleen Hovey of the State University of New York at Buffalo; Christopher Andrews of the University of Michigan; Dr. Rowan Chlebowski of City of Hope; Marcia Stefanick of Stanford University; Dr. Dorothy Lane of the State University of New York at Ston y Brook; Dr. Jan Sh...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 16, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Report: Olympus study of next-gen power morcellator draws criticism
Olympus (TYO:7733) is receiving criticism after moving forward with plans to revitalize its powered morcellator devices, with a new 140-patient trial planned, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report. Power morcellators, which use a cutting tip to shred and remove uterine tissue, have been implicated in the spread of a lethal cancer that can masquerade undetected as benign fibroids. The devices designed to be used to remove benign uterine fibroids, but when used on malignant tissue, can spread cancerous cells throughout the abdomen. Olympus won FDA 510(k) clearance for a next-generation laparoscopic PK morcellator,...
Source: Mass Device - August 14, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Oncology Source Type: news

Cancer warning: Eating large amounts of THESE foods could be deadly
CANCER of the endometrium - the lining of the uterus or womb - is one of the most common in women. However eating particular foods, such as mushrooms, liver and shellfish could up your risk, thanks to a metal they contain, cadmium. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Report: MDUFA will relax med device adverse event reporting rules
The newly House-passed medical device FDA user fee agreement could allow medical device makers to delay reporting dangerous malfunctions, according to a New York Times report. While makers would still be required to quickly report injuries or deaths related to their products, they would be given more time to file reports on device malfunctions which have the potential for injuries, according to the report. The draft, which passed the House yesterday, looks to speed medical devices to the market faster than before, and includes a provision which says the FDA should permit companies to report technical errors every months, r...
Source: Mass Device - July 13, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Source Type: news

Report: MDUFA will relax med device malfunction reporting rules
Updated headline from ‘adverse events’ to ‘malfunctions’ after receiving clarity on the wording of the MDUFA agreement from AdvaMed. The newly House-passed medical device FDA user fee agreement could allow medical device makers to delay reporting malfunctions, according to a New York Times report. While makers would still be required to quickly report injuries or deaths related to their products, they would be given more time to file reports on device malfunctions which have the potential for injuries, according to the report. The draft, which passed the House yesterday, looks to speed medical devic...
Source: Mass Device - July 13, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Source Type: news

Profound Medical to pay $6m for Philips ’ Sonalleve MR-HIFU biz
Profound Medical (TSX:PRN) said today that it agreed to put up about $6 million worth of its own shares to acquire the Sonalleve MR-HIFU business from Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG). Toronto-based Profound said the deal calls for it to put up 7.4 million shares at 84.9¢ (C$1.10) apiece, representing a 22% premium over its closing price yesterday. The total deal value is $6.3 million (C$8.1 million) The agreement also has earn-outs pegged to future revenues of 5% to 7% of Sonnalleve sales through 2020, the company said. Philips, which already sells Profound’s Tulsa-Pro prostate ablation system, also pledged t...
Source: Mass Device - June 30, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Imaging Mergers & Acquisitions Wall Street Beat Women's Health Profound Medical Inc. royalphilips Source Type: news

Olympus settles power morcellator suit
An Olympus (TYO:7733) subsidiary agreed to settle a lawsuit filed over the power laparoscopic morcellator used in a gynecological surgery. Plaintiffs Betty and Elvis Dobson alleged that the Olympus KS PlasmaSORD used in Betty’s 2010 hysterectomy spread myxoid leiomyosarcoma cells in her abdomen and pelvis. Power morcellators use small, rotating blades to break up large tissue masses into fragments and are commonly used to remove benign uterine fibroids in women. Although the FDA approved morcellators in 1995, it wasn’t until 2013 that the late Dr. Amy Reed exposed the risk after undergoing a...
Source: Mass Device - June 13, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Legal News Women's Health Olympus Source Type: news

Womb cancer symptoms - five signs YOU could have cancer of the uterus
WOMB cancer - also known as uterine, uterus or endometrial cancer - is the fourth most common cancer in women in the UK. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

10 Facts Women Should Know About Endometrial Cancer
The most common cancer of the reproductive organs in American women is endometrial cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that for the year 2017, around 61,380 new cases of cancer of the body of the uterus will be diagnosed and about 10,920 women will die from cancers of the uterine body. These figures include both endometrial cancers and uterine sarcomas. Since endometrial cancer is a fairly common cancer in women, the more women know the facts about this disease, the greater their chance of knowing what symptoms to be aware of in order to have it diagnosed as early as possible, improving the likelihood of surviva...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lynch Syndrome Mutations and Risk of Breast and Ovarian Cancer Lynch Syndrome Mutations and Risk of Breast and Ovarian Cancer
Although Lynch syndrome is thought to increase the risk of colorectal and/or uterine cancer, certain mutations may confer an increased risk of breast or ovarian cancer, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Constituents plead with Wyden, Bonamici to fight Trump budget cuts
TomiRene Hettman lives in public housing in Portland, depends on food stamps and treated her uterine cancer last year using her Medicaid coverage. “Without Medicaid, I wouldn’t be here now,” Hettman said. “Without my home in public housing, I wouldn’t have had place to recover. Without food stamps, I wouldn’t have been able to afford the food I needed to get healthy again” Now she fears all that may evaporate if the Republican health care plan and President Trump’s proposed budget… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 30, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Doctor who took on medical manufacturers dies
A Boston doctor whose fight against a uterine surgical technique would change medical practice has died from complications from uterine cancer. Dr. Amy Reed, a 44-year old mother of six, spent the last three years of her life in a David-and-Goliath battle against Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Food and Drug Administration, and medical device manufacturers. Her husband, cardiac surgeon Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, said she will be remembere d for her perseverance. “She died a warrior’s death,”… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 26, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Former Boston doctor, whose fight changed how surgeries are done, dies at 44
A former Boston doctor, known for her fight against a uterine surgical technique that would go on to change medical practice, died Wednesday at her home in Philadelphia of complications from uterine cancer. Dr. Amy Reed, a 44-year old mother of six, spent the last three years of her life in a David-and-Goliath battle against Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Food and Drug Administration and medical device manufacturers. Her husband, cardiac surgeon Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, said she will be remembered … (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 26, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Amy Reed, MD, Morcellator Opponent, Dies of Uterine Cancer Amy Reed, MD, Morcellator Opponent, Dies of Uterine Cancer
She and her husband sought to ban the use of power morcellators in laparoscopic hysterectomies as too risky after the device upstaged an occult cancer during her own procedure.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Patient safety pioneer Dr. Amy Reed dies at 44
The physician who helped put an end to the 18-year gap between the FDA’s approval of laparoscopic power morcellators and the safety watchdog learning that the devices can spread malignant cancers in the abdomen, Dr. Amy Reed, died yesterday of leiomyosarcoma, according to news reports. She was 44. Power morcellators use small, rotating blades to break up large tissue masses into fragments and are commonly used to remove benign uterine fibroids in women. But if the device is used on a patient with undetected cancer, it can strew cancerous cells throughout the abdomen. Although the FDA approved morcellat...
Source: Mass Device - May 25, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Women's Health Source Type: news

Does Baby Powder Cause Cancer? Another Jury Says Yes
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson has been hit with a multimillion-dollar jury verdict for the fourth time over whether the talc in its iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. Late Thursday, a St. Louis jury awarded $110.5 million to Lois Slemp, 62, of Wise, Virginia, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. She blames her illness on her use of the company’s talcum powder-containing products for more than 40 years. Besides Slemp’s case, three other jury trials in St. Louis reached similar outcomes last year, awarding the plaintiffs $72 million, ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News baby powder Cancer Source Type: news

Laparoscopic modified radical hysterectomy for cystadenoma – Clare ’ s story
The post Laparoscopic modified radical hysterectomy for cystadenoma – Clare’s story appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. I was referred to a gynaecologist for post menopausal bleeding 3 months ago. He did a vaginal ultrasound and saw a cyst. Removal of the ovary was mentioned as a possibility because of my age (55) but he first ordered a MRI for further information because of the bleeding. This showed a solid area in the cyst which I was told could mean borderline or early ovarian cancer so the decision was taken to do a BSO and hysterectomy within 30 days with the possibility of further surgery to the l...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 20, 2017 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Tags: Your Stories cystadenoma omentum ovarian cyst Source Type: news

Successful and welcoming hysterectomy – Joanna ’ s story
The post Successful and welcoming hysterectomy – Joanna’s story appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. I had a total abdominal hysterectomy just after my 43rd birthday due to 2 very large fibroids making my uterus the equivalent of a 16 week pregnancy. It was the second time the fibroids had re-occurred having already had a myomectomy 9 years ago. From having the initial scan to the surgery (3 months) the fibroids had grown another 3cm making them 10 cm each, it was decided not to give me the drug treatment to try to shrink the fibroids as it was unsuccessful previously. Due to the position and size I had ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 14, 2017 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Tags: Your Stories adhesions fibroids myomectomy Source Type: news

How Time Zones May Affect Cancer Risk
WASHINGTON — Where you live within your time zone could be associated with a slightly increased risk of developing certain cancers that have been linked to disruptions of the biological clock, a new study suggests. People’s biological clocks can become out of whack — which scientists call “circadian disruption” — if they work the night shift, for example. Such disruptions have been linked to an increased cancer risk in shift workers, said Dr. Neil Caporaso, an epidemiologist at the National Cancer Institute and the lead author of the study. But the disruptions that shift workers experien...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TAH hysterctomy, large fibroid – Lisa ’ s story
Conclusion – I do not regret my decision to have a hysterectomy at all. For me, it was the right decision so far. I didn’t think the big lump that was very noticeable in my stomach was an issue as I was used to it but now I cannot feel that or my cervix (which was 2 inches above my belly button) it is lovely. I have, by no means, a flat stomach now but I hope with healthy eating and daily exercise the swelling will go down and I will regain feeling in my lower stomach. I think you have to expect a certain amount of pain and discomfort at the start and I would definitely recommend whatever pain relief you feel y...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 2, 2017 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Tags: Your Stories fibroids total abdominal hysterectomy Source Type: news

Graduate ashamed to get help for heavy periods has cancer
Lydia Brain, from Manchester, ignored her heavy periods for three years before being diagnosed with a rare type of uterus cancer. Now she has been put in an induced menopause. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cancer cells disguise themselves by switching off genes, new research reveals
(Elsevier) Scientists have uncovered how tumor cells in aggressive uterine cancer can switch disguises and spread so quickly to other parts of the body. In a study published in Neoplasia, researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine created a map showing which genes were switched on and off in different parts of the tumor, providing a 'signature' of these switches throughout the genome. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 30, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

My hysterectomy and cancer journey – Anya ’ s story
The post My hysterectomy and cancer journey – Anya’s story appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. I had been suffering from heavy bleeding on and off since the birth of my second child in 2012 , medication and the contraceptive pill did nothing to ease the bleeding and I was referred to a gynaecologist, I initially saw a locum gynaecologist who persuaded me to have a Mirena coil fitted. However that made matters matters worse and some six months later following several appointments with another gynaecologist, a hysteroscopy and scans it was discovered that coil had managed to lodge itself in my uterus and ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 24, 2017 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Tags: Your Stories cancer leiomyosarcoma Source Type: news

How to make ultrasound zap tumors in a moving organ
[Image courtesy of Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing]Researchers led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing think they’ve overcome the challenges standing in the way of using ultrasound to kill cancer tumors in organs that move with breathing. Until now, health practitioners have mostly limited ultrasound to treating prostate cancer, bone metastases and uterine myoma, according to the Fraunhofer Institute (Bremen, Germany). Organs that move when a patient breathes are trickier, with doctors telling patients to hold their breath or putting the patients under anesthesia. The Tr...
Source: Mass Device - March 22, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Chris Newmarker Tags: Imaging Research & Development Ultrasound Cancer Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MedTech Source Type: news

What Causes Someone To Fake Cancer On The Internet?
Belle Gibson, the Australian Instagram star who profited from falsely claiming she had terminal cancer, was found guilty of misleading and deceptive conduct after a two-year investigation. Gibson landed a book deal and an award-winning app before her story unraveled in March 2015 when it was revealed that she had failed to hand over some $300,000 in charitable pledges raised through her app business. Penalties, which could range from personal fines of $220,000 to company fines of $2.2 million, haven’t been determined yet. “No. None of it’s true,“ Gibson told The Australian Women’s Weekly in an...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Uterine Sarcomas: The Latest Approaches for These Rare but Potentially Deadly Tumors
In this review we discuss preoperative diagnosis and the role of pathology, and we summarize the current literature regarding the management of uterine sarcomas. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - March 15, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Jing-Yi Chern, MD, ScM Leslie R. Boyd, MD Stephanie V. Blank, MD Tags: Gynecologic Cancers Oncology Journal Review Article Sarcoma Source Type: news

Genetic analysis better explains how uterine cancers resist treatment
Researchers have charted the complex molecular biology of uterine carcinosarcoma, a rare and aggressive gynecologic cancer, according to a new study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 13, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Genetic analysis better explains how uterine cancers resist treatment
(NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine) Researchers have charted the complex molecular biology of uterine carcinosarcoma, a rare and aggressive gynecologic cancer, according to a study published on March 13 in Cancer Cell. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 13, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Do Women Really Need A Yearly Pelvic Exam?
Experts are still debating whether women need a pelvic exam at their yearly visit to a gynecologist, according to a new report. The report comes from a government-appointed expert panel that reviewed hundreds of studies on pelvic exams and concluded that there isn’t enough evidence to make a recommendation either for or against pelvic exams for women who don’t have symptoms of gynecologic conditions and aren’t pregnant. The panel, known as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), said that more studies are needed to better assess the potential benefits and harms of routine pelvic exams. In the me...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wide range of cancers now linked to being overweight
Conclusion The results of this study provide further evidence for the link between increasing levels of fat and the risk of developing certain cancers. There was strong evidence for nine cancers, with another two – ovarian cancer and stomach cancer – included when comparing obesity with healthy weight. This study is important in showing the significance of fat levels and obesity in cancer risk. But there are some important things to consider: The study doesn't tell us how excess body fat might play a role in the development of certain cancers, just that there's a link. Some studies might have been missed,...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Obesity Source Type: news

I Dream Of Healthy Black Futures
Healthcare is a human right. No one should be denied the opportunity to see a doctor because of how much money is in their pocket or where they live. Our loved ones shouldn’t die from easily curable diseases simply because they can’t afford medicine. Black lives matter. Why are these controversial statements? Why are we living under an administration that thinks it is politically expedient to rip away our access to basic healthcare? Yes, denying people access to healthcare is the perfect way to accomplish your goals if your goals include severely restricting the flow of health resources to marginalized commu...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

PI3K/mTOR inhibitors may be effective against some uterine sarcomas
(American Association for Cancer Research) The protein P-S6S240 may serve as an indicator of poor prognosis for patients with a hard-to-treat type of uterine sarcoma called leiomyosarcoma, and preclinical data suggest that patients whose tumors have this protein may respond to PI3K/mTOR inhibitors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - February 23, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Sudan: Italy, UNFPA Start Project to Prevent Uterine Cervix Cancer in Eastern Sudan
[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -The Italian ambassador and the country representative of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sudan signed an agreement to support "Prevention of Uterine Cervical Cancer in Eastern Sudan" today. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Why the FDA Took 23 Years to Warn About Morcellators Why the FDA Took 23 Years to Warn About Morcellators
Power morcellators can spread occult uterine cancer, but manufacturers, hospitals, and physicians didn't start telling the FDA about such mishaps until an injured patient did so more than 2 decades after the first device was approved.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

GAO flags gaps in FDA ’ s adverse event system in power morcellator report
Limitations in the FDA’s adverse event reporting system for medical devices helped allow the widespread use of laparoscopic power morcellators for years before the risk that they can spread cancer became known, a government watchdog said this week. Medical device manufacturers and importers are required to tell the FDA about any device-related adverse events within 30 days. “FDA officials noted, however, the limitations in the current, passive, medical device reporting system, which relies on people to identify that a harm occurred or a risk is present, recognize that the harm or risk is associat...
Source: Mass Device - February 10, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Wall Street Beat Women's Health Capitol Hill U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Source Type: news