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2020

Surgery Could Boost Survival for Women With Advanced Breast Cancers: Study

Surgery Could Boost Survival for Women With Advanced Breast Cancers: StudyWEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Women with advanced breast cancer who undergo surgery to remove the tumor after chemotherapy or another type of systemic treatment may live longer than those who don't have surgery, a new study suggests.The findings challenge a long-held belief that surgery confers little benefit for women with stage 4 breast cancer unless the cancer is causing pain, bleeding or other symptoms. Stage 4 is the point at which the cancer has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other parts of the body."As our systemic therapies to treat breast cancer get better and better, we have to always rethink the paradigms that we have lived by, and we may have been very right to say that surgery added very little for these patients a decade ago, but it's...

Pandemic May Be Tougher on Women's Mental Health Than Men's

30 December 2020
Pandemic May Be Tougher on Women`s Mental Health Than Men`sWEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The COVID-19 pandemic may be taking a bigger toll on women's mental health than on men's, new research suggests.For the study, researchers examined the results of an online survey of 112 men and 459 women in Canada. The survey took place between March 23 and June 7, 2020.During that time, schools and many businesses were closed, and people were told to stay home as much as possible to reduce coronavirus transmission.More than 66% of the survey participants reported poor sleep quality and more than 39% reported worsening insomnia. All said they had increased anxiety and distress.Sleep problems, depression and anxiety symptoms were more common in women than in men, according to the report published online recently in the journal Frontiers in...

ADHD Raises Adult Suicide Risk, Especially for Women

29 December 2020
ADHD Raises Adult Suicide Risk, Especially for WomenTUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a strikingly high prevalence of attempted suicide, with women being at particular risk, researchers say.The study of nearly 22,000 Canadian adults found that 14% of those with ADHD had attempted suicide. That was roughly five times the rate of adults without ADHD, at 2.7%.The findings among women were particularly worrisome, the researchers said. Almost one-quarter of those with ADHD said they had attempted suicide."To see these numbers is devastating," said lead researcher Esme Fuller-Thomson, a professor at the University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work in Canada.She stressed, though, that the results do not imply ADHD, per se, leads to suicide attempts.A...

Cancer Survivors at Higher Odds for Second Cancer: Study

29 December 2020
Cancer Survivors at Higher Odds for Second Cancer: StudyTUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer survivors are at greater risk of developing another cancer and dying from it, a new study finds.These new cancers can result from a genetic predisposition, from treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy used to fight the first cancer, as well as from unhealthy lifestyles such as smoking and obesity, according to researchers from the American Cancer Society.Some of these factors can't be controlled, but others can, noted lead researcher Dr. Ahmedin Jemal, a senior vice president at the society."We can do a lot for smoking and overweight and obesity," he said. "We have to get primary care clinicians to do a more concerted effort to educate, or counsel, their patients." Jemal added that screening smokers for breast, cervical, colon and...

Toxic Metals Might Affect Pregnancy, Study Finds

28 December 2020
Toxic Metals Might Affect Pregnancy, Study FindsMONDAY, Dec. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to metals may disrupt pregnant women's hormones and boost the odds of complications such as preeclampsia, preterm birth and low birth weight, according to a new study.Metals such as nickel, arsenic, cobalt and lead have been associated with pregnancy complications, but it's been unclear why."A delicate hormonal balance orchestrates pregnancy from conception to delivery and perturbations of this balance may negatively impact both mother and fetus," said lead author Zorimar Rivera-Núñez, assistant research professor in the School of Public Health at Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J.For this study, the researchers analyzed blood and urine samples from 815 women in Puerto Rico. They were enrolled in a long-term study of...
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