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Breast-Feeding Linked to Lower Endometriosis Risk

Posted 8 Sep 2017 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 – Women who breast-fed at least one child appear to have a lower risk for developing endometriosis, new research suggests. Endometriosis is a chronic and often painful condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus grows outside of the reproductive organ on the fallopian tubes, ovaries or another area. "We found that women who breast-fed for a greater duration were less likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis," said study author Leslie Farland. She is a research scientist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "Given the chronic nature of endometriosis and that very few modifiable risk factors are currently known, breast-feeding may be an important modifiable behavior to reduce the risk of endometriosis among women after pregnancy," Farland said in a hospital news release. The study involved thousands of women who participated in the Nurses' Health ... Read more

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'Menstrual Cycle in a Dish' Explores Intricacies of Female Body

Posted 30 Mar 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 – Scientists say they have created a palm-size model of the female reproductive system that even has a period. Dubbed a menstrual cycle in a dish, the miniature 3-D replica includes human and rodent tissue and models of ovaries, fallopian tubes, the uterus, cervix, vagina and liver. The technology could lead to improvements in treating diseases in women's reproductive organs, including cancer and infertility, the model's creators said. "This is nothing short of a revolutionary technology," lead investigator Teresa Woodruff said. Woodruff is a reproductive scientist and director of the Women's Health Research Institute at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. EVATAR, as it's called, resembles a small cube. A special fluid pumping through all of the organ models performs the function of blood. Hormones and other secreted substances ... Read more

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Endometriosis Linked to Heart Disease in Study

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 – Women who have endometriosis, the abnormal growth of uterine tissue outside the uterus, may face a 60 percent higher risk of developing heart disease than women without the disorder, a new study suggests. The potential risk was especially high for women who were 40 or younger: they were three times more likely to have heart disease than women in the same age range without the gynecological condition, the researchers found. That finding could be partly explained by the endometriosis treatments themselves. These treatments, such as removal of the uterus and ovaries, have been linked in other studies to potential heart disease risk, the study authors said. "Women with endometriosis should be thinking about lifestyle changes and discussion with their doctor about steps they can take to prevent heart disease," said Stacey Missmer, the study's senior author. Missmer ... Read more

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Many U.S. Women Live Far From Gynecologic Cancer Care

Posted 15 Jun 2015 by

MONDAY, June 15, 2015 – Millions of American women have poor access to gynecologic cancer care, a new study finds. The analysis showed that 36 percent of counties in the United States are more than 50 miles from the nearest doctor specializing in ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer. About 10 percent of American women – nearly 15 million – live in those counties, researchers found. "This is the first national study to identify specific regions of the United States where residents may be at an increased risk for poor clinical outcomes – including misdiagnoses and late detection – as a result of limited access to specialized gynecologic cancer care," said study author Dr. David Shalowitz, a fellow in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's division of gynecologic oncology, in Philadelphia. "Based on our estimates, it's likely that more than 7,000 women with gynecologic ... Read more

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Two Pesticides Tied to Higher Risk of Gynecological Disorder

Posted 5 Nov 2013 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 5 – Two pesticides are associated with an increased risk of endometriosis, a common health problem that occurs in up to 10 percent of reproductive-age women, according to a new study. In endometriosis, tissue that lines the uterus grows outside the womb, leading to pain and infertility in some cases. The condition affects 5 million women in the United States. Researchers compared 248 women newly diagnosed with endometriosis and 538 women without the condition and found that those with higher exposure to two pesticides classified as "organochlorines" had a 30 percent to 70 percent higher risk of endometriosis. The two pesticides are beta-hexachlorocyclohexane and mirex, according to the study published online Nov. 4 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. "Since endometriosis is an estrogen-driven condition, we were interested in investigating the role of ... Read more

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Health Tip: Am I at Risk for Endometriosis?

Posted 18 Oct 2012 by

-- Endometriosis occurs in women when endometrial tissue that lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus. Pelvic pain during menstruation is a common symptom. The website says risk factors for endometriosis include: Never having had a child. Having a menstrual period of longer than seven days. Having a menstrual cycle of fewer than 27 days. Having a close family member who has had endometriosis. Having a health condition affecting the normal flow of menstrual blood. Having had an infection that damaged cells in the pelvis. Read more

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Early Study Hints at Link Between Certain Sunscreens, Endometriosis

Posted 17 May 2012 by

THURSDAY, May 17 – A preliminary study links chemicals found in certain sunscreens to a higher risk of endometriosis, but it's too soon to say whether there's any reason for women to change their habits. "This is way too early for prime time," said Warren Foster, a professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, who studies how chemicals affect people. In endometriosis, tissue that lines the uterus grows outside the womb, leading to pain and infertility in some cases. Foster said the causes of this common condition are fuzzy, and "nothing is proven as far as chemicals are concerned." Even if the chemicals do boost the risk of endometriosis, the findings don't specify how many more women might get the disease. Dermatologists consider sunscreen crucial in the prevention of skin cancer. Still, the study authors write that their ... Read more

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Endometriosis Could Raise Risk of 3 Ovarian Cancers

Posted 22 Feb 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22 – Women with a history of endometriosis have a significantly increased risk of developing three types of ovarian cancer, according to a new study. Endometriosis is a disorder in which cells from the lining of the uterus grow in other areas of the body. It affects about 10 percent of women of reproductive age. Researchers analyzed data from more than 23,000 women in 13 studies and found that those with a history of endometriosis had a more than threefold increased risk of clear-cell ovarian cancers, a more than two-fold increased risk of endometrioid tumors, and a twofold increased risk of low-grade serous ovarian cancers. There was no link between endometriosis and increased risk for high-grade serous, mucinous, serous borderline, or mucinous borderline ovarian cancers. The study is published online Feb. 22 in The Lancet Oncology. "This breakthrough could lead to ... Read more

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Caffeine May Alter Women's Estrogen Levels

Posted 26 Jan 2012 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 26 – Caffeine changes women's estrogen levels and has different effects in Asian and white women, a new study says. More than 250 women, ages 18 to 44, took part in the study between 2005 and 2007. On average, they consumed 90 milligrams of caffeine a day, about the equivalent of one cup of caffeinated coffee. Estrogen is the reproductive hormone produced by the ovaries. Asian women who consumed an average of 200 milligrams or more of caffeine a day (equivalent to about two cups of coffee) had elevated estrogen levels compared to women who consumed less. But white women who consumed the same amount of caffeine had slightly lower estrogen levels than women who consumed less. Black women who consumed 200 or more milligrams of caffeine daily had elevated estrogen levels, but this finding was not statistically significant, said the U.S. National Institutes of Health ... Read more

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Endometriosis Tied to Higher Risk of Crohn's, Colitis

Posted 19 Dec 2011 by

MONDAY, Dec. 19 – Women with endometriosis may be up to 80 percent more likely to develop inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis compared to women without the uterine disorder, according to a new long-term study. Endometriosis occurs when the uterine lining – the endometrium – grows outside of the uterus. Symptoms include abdominal pain, heavy menstrual periods and infertility. Exactly why the conditions may be linked is not fully understood. They may share common causes or perhaps the birth control pills used to treat endometriosis may increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease. The new findings appear online Dec. 19 in the journal Gut. The study included nearly 38,000 Danish women who were hospitalized for endometriosis from 1997 to 2007. After 13 years of follow-up, 320 of these women developed inflammatory bowel disease, including 228 cases ... Read more

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Health Tip: Does My Pain Mean Endometriosis?

Posted 14 Oct 2011 by

-- Endometriosis occurs when uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus, commonly in the ovaries or fallopian tubes. The website mentions these typical symptoms of endometriosis: Abdominal, lower back, or pelvic pain during menstruation or prior to it. Bleeding or spotting between periods. Pain in the intestines, bloating, constipation or diarrhea. Pain during or just after sexual intercourse. Pain during a bowel movement. Infertility. Read more

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Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk

Posted 24 Mar 2010 by

WEDNESDAY, March 24 – Women who consume high levels of trans fats have a 48 percent increased risk of endometriosis, while those who eat diets rich in omega-3 oils are 22 percent less likely to develop the condition, a new study finds. In endometriosis, pieces of the womb lining (endometrium) are found outside of the womb. Some women experience no symptoms, but many suffer severe pain. The condition, which can lead to infertility, affects about 10 percent of women. Treatments include pain medication, hormone drugs or surgery. In this study, researchers analyzed dietary and other data from almost 71,000 women enrolled in the U.S. Nurses Health Study. Over 12 years of follow-up, 1,199 participants were diagnosed with endometriosis. The researchers said their results suggest that diet may be an important factor in the development of the condition. The study is published March 24 in the ... Read more

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New Way Found to Diagnose Endometriosis

Posted 12 Jan 2010 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 20 – A new test for endometriosis, the painful gynecologic condition that can impair fertility, requires no surgery and is extremely accurate, two studies show. However, other experts said the accuracy of the new approach, which spots the telltale presence of nerve fibers, needs to be replicated, which the researchers also acknowledged. Until now, a diagnosis of endometriosis – in which the tissue that lines the uterus, called the endometrium, grows outside the uterus – was made by inspection of the pelvis via laparoscopy, a procedure that requires anesthesia. "Laparoscopy is invasive," said Dr. Thomas D'Hooghe, a professor of medicine at Leuven University in Belgium and co-author of one of the studies. "Our test is semi-invasive – office-based, done by a gynecologist, limited discomfort." Both studies were published online Aug. 19 in the journal Human Reproduction. ... Read more

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