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Closely Monitor Heart Health in Cancer Patients Who Get Hormonal Therapies: AHA

Closely Monitor Heart Health in Cancer Patients Who Get Hormonal Therapies: AHAMONDAY, April 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- If hormones are part of your treatment for breast or prostate cancer, your heart health should be closely monitored, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement.Hormonal therapies for breast and prostate cancer increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, the authors noted. This increased risk is greater in patients who already have two or more heart risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking or a family history of heart disease or stroke.What's more, the longer a patient receives hormonal therapy, the higher their risk of heart disease, according to the statement published April 26 in the journal Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine."A team-based approach to patient care that...

Low Risk of Mom Passing COVID to Newborn

26 April 2021
Low Risk of Mom Passing COVID to NewbornMONDAY, April 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of mother-to-newborn transmission of COVID-19 is low, but the illness in pregnant women can trigger preterm birth, researchers say.The new study looked at 255 babies born in Massachusetts last year to mothers with a recent positive test for COVID-19.Only about 2% of the 88% of babies who were tested for COVID-19 had a positive result.But worsening COVID-19 illness in mothers-to-be accounted for about three-quarters of preterm births in the study group. Preterm birth increases the risk of short- and long-term complications in infants, including respiratory distress, chronic health problems and developmental disabilities.The study was published online April 23 in JAMA Network Open."We found that of babies born to mothers with COVID-19,...

A Woman's Weight Might Affect Her Odds for Miscarriage

23 April 2021
A Woman`s Weight Might Affect Her Odds for MiscarriageFRIDAY, April 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight and underweight women have a higher risk of repeated miscarriages than those whose weight is average, a new study finds.Miscarriage is the most common complication of early pregnancy, occurring in 15% to 20% of all pregnancies. Recurrent miscarriage (two or more consecutive early miscarriages) is often attributed to numerous medical factors and lifestyle influences, but the cause is unexplained in roughly half of cases.To learn more about how a woman's lifestyle may affect her risk, the researchers reviewed 16 studies. Recurrent miscarriages were found to be more common among women who were underweight (body mass index [BMI] below 18.5); overweight (BMI of 25 to 30); or obese (BMI above 30). BMI is an estimate of body fat based on...

Migraine Before Menopause Could Be Linked to High Blood...

23 April 2021
Migraine Before Menopause Could Be Linked to High Blood Pressure LaterFRIDAY, April 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- If you suffered migraine headaches before menopause, you're at higher risk for high blood pressure once your periods stop, a new study warns.Migraines occur more often in women than men, and are most common in the years before menopause, according to study author Gianluca Severi of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Paris."Doctors may want to consider women with a history of migraine at a higher risk of high blood pressure," he said.Fewer women have the debilitating headaches after menopause, but that's when more women develop high blood pressure. Migraines are a risk factor for heart disease, so researchers wanted to see whether a history of migraines is associated with an increased risk of blood pressure after...

No Genetic Damage to Kids of Those Exposed to Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster: Study

23 April 2021
No Genetic Damage to Kids of Those Exposed to Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster: StudyFRIDAY, April 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- There's no evidence of genetic damage in the children of parents who were exposed to radiation from the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Ukraine, researchers say.Several previous studies have examined the risks across generations of radiation exposure from events such as this, but have yielded inconclusive results.In this study, the investigators analyzed the genomes of 130 children and parents from families where one or both parents were exposed to radiation due to the Chernobyl accident, and where children were conceived afterward and born between 1987 and 2002.There was no increase in gene changes in reproductive cells of study participants, and rates of new germline mutations were similar to those in the general population,...

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