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March 30, 2013 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
In the nearly 11 years since researchers first rang alarm bells that women on hormone replacement therapy faced an increased risk of breast cancer, some have suggested that taking estrogen and progestin to treat symptoms of menopause might not be so dangerous after all. Though it was generally agreed that woman who took the two hormones to curb their hot flashes and night sweats upped their chances of developing the disease, many studies suggested that...
August 4, 1989 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Medical Writer
The startling finding that a popular hormone therapy used to treat menopause and prevent osteoporosis may promote breast cancer left many women wondering this week whether they should reconsider taking so-called replacement hormones. The finding, announced Tuesday in Sweden, emerged from a study of women over age 34 who took hormones for at least six years. While estrogen alone had a slight impact on their risk of breast cancer, estrogen and progestin together raised it fourfold.
September 19, 1988
Some binge eaters produce unusually small amounts of a hormone that ordinarily signals people that they are full, according to a study. The report suggests that a defect in production of this natural chemical may be an underlying cause of bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder in which people stuff themselves with food and then make themselves vomit. The study compared 14 women with bulimia to 10 healthy volunteers.
Hormone replacement therapy should not be given to women solely for the purpose of preventing heart disease because the benefits are ambiguous at best, the American Heart Assn. recommended today. The suggestion from the nation's leading group of heart doctors adds another twist to the complex calculations faced by many of the 50 million American women over age 50 as they ponder whether to use hormone therapy.
A new strain of midget mice that are only half normal size has been developed by Ohio University researchers who accomplished the feat by modifying the gene for a growth hormone and inserting it into the animals, the scientists report today. The researchers say the technique should work for any animal, so it should be possible to develop small rodents, pigs and other laboratory animals that would require less space and food.
October 4, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In the latest indictment of hormone replacement therapy, researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have found that women taking an estrogen-progestin combination have an increased risk of ovarian cancer. The women also underwent more endometrial biopsies for the diagnosis of cancer, according to the report in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Despite the increased risk, however, ovarian cancer remains a rare disease, the researchers said.
February 20, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
A hormone that helps the body absorb calcium apparently is ineffective for treating women who already have the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, researchers report. The study found the hormone calcitriol failed to increase bone mass among a group of 72 post-menopausal women with osteoporosis. "The goal of treatment of post-menopausal osteoporosis is to prevent further fractures," said Drs.
November 6, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy may help prevent Alzheimer's disease when the drugs are used for 10 years or more, a study said. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., the study will add to the fierce debate over hormone replacement therapy, which recent research has shown is not as safe and helpful as was previously believed.
December 7, 1987 | From United Press International
Physician Robert Gale said Sunday a new medical treatment that stimulates bone marrow cells to divide appears to have helped the first people it has been tested on--victims of a radiation accident in Brazil. Gale, a bone marrow expert from UCLA, flew to the Soviet Union last year to perform bone marrow transplants on victims of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl, but more recently joined experts from six countries in treating radiation victims in Goiania, Brazil.
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