November 2, 2011

Heart Health Vs. Cancer Risk

1 A Little Alcohol Raises Breast Cancer Risk

A new study has revealed that women who routinely have 3 to 6 drinks a week increase the chance of breast cancer by 15%, but the risk may not be enough to outweigh the heart-healthy benefits of drinking in moderation. “We’re not recommending that women stop drinking altogether,” says Dr. Wendy Y. Chen, who admits the decision should be based on breast cancer risk factors, as well as on cardiovascular risk factors. Things to consider when weighing the risks include family history of heart disease and cancer, and any use of hormones because high levels of estrogen could increase the risk of breast cancer. “If you do drink, you have to weigh the risks and benefits,” says Dr. Susan Love. “But obviously if you don’t drink and you’re worried about breast cancer, don’t start.”

More at New York Times | Posted 6 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Moderate Alcohol Protects Against Heart Disease

Tags: Alcohol, Breast Cancer, Heart Health

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Same Clot in Three Conditions

2 Study Ties Miscarriage, CV Disease Treatment

A study out of St. Michael’s Hospital in Canada suggests that treatments to prevent miscarriage due to a bleeding disorder may also treat heart attacks and strokes. The condition, fetal and neonatal immune thrombocytopenia (FNIT), results when mothers build up antibodies that target the fetus’ platelets which promote clotting after an injury. This leads to massive clotting, like that of a heart attack and stroke, which damages the placenta so that blood flow stops and kills them, leading to fetal or newborn’s brain hemorrhage which can cause brain damage or death. Both an IgG transfusion from donor plasma and an antibody that binds the maternal antibodies prevented miscarriages in mice. Researchers are very hopeful these treatments can be used to treat all three conditions.

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

Previously: Multiple Miscarriages Linked to Heart Attack Risk

Tags: Healthy Pregnancy, Miscarriage, St. Michael's Hospital, Fetal and Neonatal Immune Thrombocytopenia, FNIT, IgG, Maternal Antibodies

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