September 7, 2011 |
After menopause, women are expected to experience a sharply increased risk of heart disease. The traditional thinking has been that hormones protect women from heart disease until menopause. But a new study turns that theory on its head. A study published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal suggests instead that heart disease death rates in women progress in an orderly rate as women age and are unlikely to be greatly influenced by hormones. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine looked at death statistics from people in England, Wales and the United States born from 1916 to 1945.
August 22, 2011 |
Mammogram rates fell among U.S. women in 2005, which puzzled public health officials because rates had been consistent for many years. A new study offers a possible explanation: The backlash against hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms led to the drop in mammograms. Hormone therapy was a popular strategy for post-menopausal women throughout the 1980s and '90s. The pills were used to ease menopausal symptoms and with the expectation that they might also help prevent some of the diseases of aging, such as heart disease and some types of cancer.
August 8, 2011 |
Reporting from Latrobe, Pa. — Ryan Clark has some pointed words for the needle. The Pittsburgh Steelers safety and player representative to the union is disappointed the players decided to allow the NFL to test blood for human growth hormone, something they had resisted for years. "I think people wanted to get a deal done so badly that it was overlooked," Clark said. "In that sense, players kind of got screwed, for lack of a better word. " Like many players, Clark said he's all for the idea of catching cheaters and wants a level playing field.
August 8, 2011 |
Do you ever feel like making a voodoo doll in the image of your boss, stabbing it full of pins, twisting its head off, then setting it on fire? I remember those days. Speaking of the old days, here's to the good old mammoth-slaying Stone Age, when we knew how to deal with stress. I'm talking about the fight-or-flight response, an inherited advantage coded into our genes via natural selection. Say you were chillin' about the cave one day and in sauntered a grizzly bear. The resulting stress elicited a massive surge of adrenal hormones and you'd jump to your feet and go all caveman on the intruder with valiant stabbing or cowardly fleeing.
July 13, 2011 |
Reporting from Washington — In a Washington courtroom not far from where 11-time All-Star pitcher Roger Clemens testified before Congress, one of Major League Baseball's biggest names went on trial Wednesday before a jury of 12 ordinary citizens and a national public disgusted by performance-enhancing drug scandals that have mocked the credibility of the game. Clemens won seven Cy Young awards in a legendary career that typically would make him a lock for the Hall of Fame. But now he stands charged with perjury, obstructing Congress and making false statements for telling investigators and declaring in an open hearing three years ago that he never used steroids or HGH — a human growth hormone.
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June 7, 2011 |
The New Yorker magazine once touted former New York Mets star Lenny Dykstra as "baseball's most improbable post-career success story. " He transformed himself into a financial guru and ace stock picker, drove a Maybach and bought Wayne Gretzky's palatial estate near the Sherwood Country Club. But on Monday, Dykstra's well-documented financial collapse took another sharp turn when authorities charged him with nearly two dozen felony counts related to a scheme to obtain luxury cars and possession of cocaine, human growth hormone and Ecstasy.
May 3, 2011 |
Hormone treatment may not deserve its bad rap, at least for women in their 50s. Use of the therapy for relief of menopausal symptoms plummeted 80% after results of the Women's Health Initiative's first long-term study were published in 2003. The findings implicated estrogen plus a progestin — the hormones of choice for treating menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes — in an increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, blood clots and dementia. Estrogens alone (used by women who have had a hysterectomy)
April 6, 2011 |
Hormone therapy has been one of the most confusing issues in women's health over the last decade. Now, a study from the Women's Health Initiative shows the increased risk of stroke found among women who take estrogen-only hormone therapy disappears after they stop the pills but the reduced risk of breast cancer -- believed by some to result from hormone use after natural menopause -- is maintained. The findings should help women who have had a hysterectomy better weigh their risks and benefits of taking estrogen based on their age and symptoms.
April 6, 2011 |
A simple, safe, relatively inexpensive hormone treatment might help some high-risk pregnant women carry their babies longer, a new study suggests, while improving the outlook for their infants. Such a treatment has been long sought. Even better, the newest one would appear unlikely to cost $690 a dose — unless drug makers are slow learners. Federal researchers, working with colleagues at 44 medical centers, found that administering vaginal progesterone to women with a short cervix — a risk factor for premature delivery — cuts the rate of delivering before 33 weeks by 45%. The reduction applies only to women with a short cervix (between 1 centimeter and 2 centimeters)
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March 31, 2011 |
Retired baseball player Randy Velarde, who last played for the Oakland Athletics, testified Wednesday that Barry Bonds' former athletic trainer supplied him with performance-enhancing drugs and injected him during a series of parking lot meetings in 2002. Velarde was one of four major league ballplayers called by the prosecution in an effort to prove that Bonds lied when he told a grand jury in 2003 that he did not knowingly take steroids or human growth hormone. But Velarde and the other players have not implicated Bonds in their dealings with his athletic trainer, Greg Anderson.