November 21, 2013

Be Aware, Not Worried

1 Oral Birth Control Use May Up Glaucoma Risk

Extended use of oral contraceptives may double a woman’s lifetime risk of developing glaucoma but, say researchers, women should not be discouraged from using them since the risk remains fairly low. The study, which looked at data on 3,406 women age 40+ who participated in a national health survey administered by the Centers for Disease Control, found that those who used birth control pills for three or more years had a 5% risk of developing glaucoma, compared with a 2.5% risk in the general population. Researchers are unclear as to why birth control pills may contribute to the development of glaucoma but think it has to do with the fact that the pills depress estrogen levels. Cells in the optic nerve contain estrogen receptors that may help protect eyes from age-related decline.

More at Nytimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: New Treatment for Glaucoma on Horizon

Tags: Birth Control Pills, Centers for Disease Control, Estrogen, Glaucoma, Oral Contraceptives, Optic Nerve, Estrogen Receptors

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Nuts May Ward off Cancer

2 People Who Consume Nuts May Live Longer

Eating nuts may increase longevity, finds a new large study. Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School studied nut consumption among 76,464 women taking part in the Nurse's Health Study, and 42,498 men participating in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Researchers found that those who consumed nuts regularly were less likely to die from cancer, heart disease and respiratory diseases. In particular, regular nut eaters were less likely to get cancer. People who ate nuts seven or more times weekly had a 20 percent lower rate of death after four years compared with those who never ate nuts. The research was funded in part by the nonprofit International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation, but the group wasn't involved with the research.

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Eating Nuts Lowers Cholesterol 5 Percent

Tags: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Health Benefits Eating Nuts, Foods Help Live Longer, Foods Increase Longevity, International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research Education Foun

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