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Hair Care Products for Black Women May Disrupt Hormones

Posted 11 May 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 – Many black women use a plethora of hair care products that contain chemicals that can interfere with their hormones, researchers warn. They noted these chemicals could be a reason why black women have higher rates of certain hormone-related health conditions than other women in the United States. For example, black women begin puberty at younger ages, and they have higher ...

Hair Loss, Fibroids May Have Links in Black Women

Posted 5 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 – Black women with a relatively common form of hair loss may also face a high risk for developing fibroids, a new study suggests. Fibroids are fibrous growths that develop in the lining of the womb. About 80 to 90 percent of black women (and 70 percent of white women) develop fibroids by the time they're 50. In nearly all cases these growths are benign (noncancerous). ...

Many U.S. Women Unaware of Fibroid Treatments: Poll

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – Many American women with uterine fibroids don't know there's a minimally invasive embolization technique that may be an alternative to a hysterectomy, a new poll finds. "Misperceptions about uterine fibroids and the treatments available often lead women to undergo invasive and potentially unnecessary surgery for their fibroids, despite more than 20 years of clinical use ...

Less Invasive Procedure May Treat Fibroids Without Harming Fertility

Posted 13 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 – A simple procedure may help women who are suffering from fibroids without jeopardizing their future fertility, a new study suggests. Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) blocks blood flow to fibroids so they stop growing or shrink. But the technique hasn't been recommended for women who hope to conceive since it was unclear if blood flow might also be blocked to the uterus ...

Health Tip: Watch for Uterine Fibroids

Posted 30 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Uterine fibroids – growths in a woman's uterus – usually aren't cancerous. But they can trigger significant pain and discomfort. The womenshealth.gov website says typical symptoms include: Heavy, painful menstrual periods. A sensation of fullness in the lower abdomen or pelvis. Abdominal swelling. Urinating frequently. Pain during sex. Lower back pain. Reproductive problems.

Less-Invasive Fibroid Treatment May Be 'Under-Used'

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – A minimally invasive procedure for uterine fibroids may be "under-used" in U.S. hospitals, compared with surgery, a new study suggests. The study looked at a national sample of hospitals and found that fewer fibroid patients are undergoing hysterectomy – surgical removal of the uterus. But hysterectomy remains much more common compared with a less-invasive procedure ...

Use of Cancer-Linked Fibroid Device Declines After FDA Warning

Posted 23 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 – The use of power morcellators – cutting tools used in minimally invasive gynecological procedures – has dropped significantly for hysterectomies since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned against their use two years ago, a new study finds. Power morcellators have small blades that rotate rapidly. When used in minimally invasive hysterectomies or for the removal ...

FDA OKs 'Containment' Bag for Certain Uterine Surgeries

Posted 7 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it would permit limited use of a "tissue containment system" in conjunction with laparoscopic power morcellators – devices that grind up tissue in gynecological surgeries. But the FDA still warns against using laparoscopic power morcellators in most women because the procedure can spread undetected cancer cells. ...

Women's Sex Lives Get a Boost After Non-Surgical Fibroid Treatment

Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 4, 2016 – Women with bothersome uterine fibroids saw improvements in their sex lives and significant symptom relief a year after undergoing a type of non-surgical treatment called uterine fibroid embolization, a French study finds. Nearly eight in 10 women who completed surveys a year after treatment reported improved sexual function, a measure that reflects pain, desire, arousal ...

Surgeons Perform First U.S. Uterus Transplant

Posted 26 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 – Cleveland Clinic surgeons this week performed the nation's first uterus transplant, an experimental procedure offering women without a womb the possibility of pregnancy. The transplanted uterus came from a deceased donor, and the 26-year-old recipient was in stable condition following the nine-hour procedure, her doctors said Thursday. "Cleveland Clinic began screening ...

Hormones Tied to Uterine Fibroid Risk in Study

Posted 18 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 – Having high levels of the hormones testosterone and estrogen in mid-life may boost a woman's risk of benign tumors in the uterus called uterine fibroids, a new study suggests. "Our findings are particularly interesting because testosterone was previously unrecognized as a factor in the development of uterine fibroids," study co-author Dr. Jennifer Lee, from Stanford ...

Doctors Rally in Support of Fibroid Device Curbed by FDA

Posted 8 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 – Dozens of gynecologists, cancer doctors and women's health experts are challenging a U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning on a power device used to remove fibroid growths from a woman's uterus. The tool – a laparoscopic power morcellator – grinds up fibroid growths during minimally invasive surgery. The group of experts claim that curbing its use may force patients ...

Black Women Less Likely to Survive Uterine Cancer, Study Finds

Posted 19 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 – Uterine cancer rates are rising in the United States, particularly among black and Asian women, according to a new study that also found black women are more likely to die of the disease. Researchers analyzed more than 120,000 cases of uterine cancer diagnosed in the United States between 2000 and 2011, and found that rates rose among all racial and ethnic groups. But ...

Low Cancer Risk With Device Used to Remove Fibroids, Study Finds

Posted 19 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 – A small power tool that is sometimes used to remove fibroids in the uterus can end up spreading bits of hidden cancerous tumors throughout the abdomen, but a new study suggests the likelihood is low. Researchers called the findings, reported online Feb. 19 in JAMA Oncology, "reassuring." But the device, called a power morcellator, remains under restricted use. Until ...

FDA Adds 'Boxed Warning' to Devices Used to Remove Uterine Fibroids

Posted 24 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced that new "boxed warning" labels will be added to devices called laparoscopic power morcellators, which are used to grind up uterine fibroid growths. The warning labels follow a recommendation issued in July by an FDA advisory panel that stated there's no way to guarantee surgical morcellation wouldn't increase the ...

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