October 7, 2011

Older Women at Risk

1 Breast Cancer Drug Linked to Diabetes

Tamoxifen, a drug used to treat and also prevent breast cancer, has been linked to an increased risk for diabetes in older women, says a new study. While the study does not prove a conclusive link between the drug and diabetes, researchers say that women with known risk factors for diabetes may be at even greater risk for developing the disease. The study followed more than 14000 breast cancer survivors, age 65+ and found that the odds for developing diabetes were 1/4 higher among women who were on tamoxifen than for those who were not. Says study leader Lorraine L. Lipscombe, "Tamoxifen is a very important drug.I don't want women to think they should stop taking it." More research needs to be done but women on the drug should control diabetes risk factors whenever possible.

More at LATimes.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Two Good Choices to Prevent Breast Cancer

Tags: Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Treatment, Diabetes, Tamoxifen, Lorraine L. Lipscombe

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Bonehead Sexy Anorexia Costume

2 Controversy over Anna Rexia Halloween Costume

The Anna Rexia Halloween costume, featuring a black dress with a skeleton print and measuring tape belt, has been criticized by the National Eating Disorders Association. The costume also features a matching measuring tape choker, as well as a bone headband and heart name tag. The "sexy anorexia" costume has sold out in some stores, and others have stopped selling it, reports CNN. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, anorexia carries the biggest mortality rate of any mental illness. Lynn Grefe, president and CEO of the group, told CNN that only a person with a "sick mind" would purchase the Anna Rexia costume. She also says that wearing the costume would be like dressing up as a war veteran missing limbs.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: National Eating Disorders Association, Proana, Anorexia on Facebook, Anorexia Halloween Costume, Bonehead, Anna Rexia, Tacky Halloween Costumes, Death Rates Eating Disorders

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One Breaks Down into the Other

3 Fatty Acid Ratio May Predict AD Progression

Scientists at John Hopkins have found that the ratio of two fatty acids, sphingomyelin and ceramide, may predict how fast Alzheimer’s disease progresses. The progression rates fall into three catergories; no decline, moderate decline and a quick decline within a five year period. Blood samples were taken and cognitive tests were done on 120 individuals who likely had Alzheimer’s for more than two years. More sphingomyelin in the blood relative to ceramide was linked to a slower progression of the disease. Ceramide promotes inflammation and cell death and has been linked to brain shrinkage in cognitive impairment. The enzyme sphingomyelinase breaks ceramides down into sphingomyelin and the hope is that drugs can be developed to inhibit the enzyme and stop the progression of the disease.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Cognitive Decline Faster with Mental Activity

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Fatty Acids and Cognitive Decline, Sphingomyelin, Ceramide, Sphingomyelinase

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