FemiLab: Lowering Breast Cancer Risk Starts Early

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FemiLab reported this April that evidence is mounting in favor of sufficient levels of Vitamin D for optimal health. And that means cancer protection—breast cancer protection. Canadian researchers have shown that kids and adolescents that received higher than average dose of vitamin D were less likely to develop breast cancer later in life.

Those same researchers have gone on to show that the benefits of such vitamin D exposure extended to various types of hormone receptors found on breast cancer tumors.

FemiLab: Freeze Baby Freeze! Egg Freezing as a Right for women

at present best to juice and then freeze them as embryos

Preface note: I’ve had this in the hold file for months, waiting to post it after I’d pitched the story to a few women’s mags. No takers, but now that Newsweek has put out a 1st person on the issue I shall post it. Problem is….Newsweek fails to detail the lack of funding for moving egg freezing from experimental to clinical status and the need to achieve an 80% success rate for conceiving with thawed eggs. And the story forgets to mention the need for women to move on such a technique before age 32, when chromosomal damage of aging eggs can complicate successful thawing.

FemiLab: The Kindest Cut?

couldn't resist

From the AP:

"Circumcision not only protects against HIV in heterosexual men, but it also helps prevent two other sexually transmitted infections, a large new study found. Circumcised males reduced their risk of infection with HPV, or human papillomavirus, by 35 percent and herpes by 28 percent. However, researchers found circumcision had no effect on the transmission of syphilis.

FemiLab--Vitamin D may be the Key to better health

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The evidence that sufficient Vitamin D is essential for optimal health is growing. Now a new study shows that blood levels of vitamin D in the U.S. are decreasing. From a report in the March 23 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals:

Average blood levels of vitamin D appear to have decreased in the United States between 1994 and 2004.

FemiLab:New news re women and drinking, but old questions persist

red wine has been touted as healthy in moderation; is it?

Studies on drinking and health are especially difficult to understand when sex enters the mix. For men, light to moderate drinking seems to be the way to go. (I am doing a VERY broad sweep here and define moderate as one drink per day, light as 3xweek.)

FemiLab; post-term pregnancies, Plan B, and STI rates

3 items today:

Infants born more than one week past their due dates have a higher risk of both impaired health and death, according to two new studies by authors from the University of California’s San Francisco and Berkeley campuses.

FemiLab: Sleep that 7, and UR Brain on Hormones


From Reuters) :
"People who sleep less than seven hours a night are three times as likely to catch a cold as their more well-rested friends and neighbours, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.
The study supports the theory that sleep is important to immune function, said Sheldon Cohen and colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh."
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FemiSex note: Dr. Sheldon Cohen is a remarkable researcher; I always take note of his findings. So, especially during high cold season, get those zzzzs!

FemiLab: HOLD the FRIES; HOLD the PEE, and: news on Vitamin D


Another good reason to shed some lbs: a UCSF study finds weight loss helps women overcome symptoms of urinary incontinence.
“The results support the inclusion of weight reduction as a first-line treatment for incontinence for overweight and obese women, according to Leslee L. Subak, MD, lead author on the study and associate professor in the obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences; urology, and epidemiology and biostatistics departments at UCSF.”