FemiLab: Headaches, Hormones and Cancer

Migraines may lessen risk for breast cancer

Both breast cancer and migraines can be hormonally driven so it made sense for researchers to compare rates of breast cancer in women with a history of migraines. Up until now, only small studies have been done on the matter. Now a large, multi-center study finds that women with a history of migraines had a significantly reduced risk of breast cancer. The findings held for both pre and post menopausal women, and were not affected by age of migraine onset, use of migraine medications, or tobacco or alcohol consumption.

FemiLab: Good News on Medical Abortion Safety


Once upon a time, I had to choose between a surgical and medical abortion. I could have waited until my body expelled a fetus that had stopped growing, but if my body hung on too long that could pose a risk to me. Also, emotionally the surgical option felt best—more control over timing and I needed to move forward. But I also worried a bit about infection from a medical abortion. Now two large studies show that the medical option is safe re future pregnancies, and that when the medical abortion is given orally (a swallowed pill vs.

FemiLab: Carrots and Vibrators

take on bunny & call me in the morning

Healthy cooking tip: don’t chop those carrots before tossing them in the steamer.

(Reuters) - The anti-cancer properties of carrots are enhanced 25 percent if they are cooked whole rather than chopped up beforehand, a study has found.
They taste better too, according to scientists at Newcastle University, because more of their sugar is retained.

FemiLab: Swine Flu shows more muscle; Obese may be most vulnerable


There has been a lot of coverage on swine flu, much of it overkill in a time when media is wooing readers with anything they can, or due to the idiotic ranting of Joe Biden and his panic alarms!) FemiSex is not the venue for a full explication of the novel H1N1 virus (aka Swine Flu virus) but I want to note a couple of studies that caught my eye.
First, from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a just released study in Nature:

A new, highly detailed study of the H1N1 flu virus shows that the pathogen is more virulent than previously thought.

FemiLab: Dump the Decaf?


I am a type A, no doubt about it. So I routinely skip caffeine except in the small doses that come from my indulgence in dark chocolate. But as evidence mounts that caffeine may ward off dementia and help reverse symptoms in those with Alzheimer’s, I am starting to eye the caffeinated life.

When mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) were dosed with caffeine – the equivalent of 5 cups of coffee a day—their impaired memory improved.

FemiLab: Does Middle-aged and Single lead to Bats in the Bellfry?


" Living with a partner at midlife is associated with a lower risk for dementia in later life, according to a BMJ study.

Researchers examined a cohort of some 1500 Finns at midlife — at average age 50 — and then again about 20 years later. Baseline measurements included the participants' marital status: married or cohabiting; separated or divorced; single; and widowed. Marital status was determined again at follow-up.

FemiLab: vomit be gone: anti-emetic safe for pregnant women

something to keep the lid closed?

Over half of all pregnant women experience noisome nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. I know, I walked around with anti-emetic blue elastic wrist cuffs on for weeks on end—looking like a fool, and really feeling no better. So it is with interest that I read a new study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine that found a common anti-emetic (metoclopramide) is safe to take during the first trimester of pregnancy.

FemiLab: Diet Counts: mushrooms and cancer risk; and, another plus for maternal folic acid intake


Fast Fact:
Consumption of dried or fresh mushrooms was associated with lower breast cancer risk in Chinese women, especially when they also drank green tea.
Source: journal watch
Fast Fact:
Maternal intake of folic acid seems to lower the risk for congenital heart defects in children, according to an observational study in BMJ.

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