Ovary removal is linked to heart disease
Each year, some 300,000 women who undergo hysterectomies have their ovaries removed along with their uterus, a practice meant to protect them from ovarian cancer. But a new study has found that women who keep their ovaries live longer. Though women who had their ovaries removed developed fewer breast cancers and almost entirely eliminated their risk of ovarian cancer over 24 years of follow-up, they were more likely to develop heart disease, and they were more likely to die earlier. The new findings come from an analysis of data in the Nurses' Health Study, published in the May issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. But women who have a strong family history of ovarian or breast cancer still may want to have the ovaries removed, experts said.
A predictor of hypertension
If your blood pressure goes up when you visit the doctor, you may dismiss it as harmless "white-coat hypertension.'' But several studies indicate that over time, people with the condition tend to develop full-blown hypertension, according to the April issue of Consumer Reports on Health. Consumers Union's chief medical adviser Dr. Marvin M. Lipman writes that he advises such patients when appropriate to lose weight, cut down on salt and exercise.
New labeling for OTC pain relievers
Makers of over-the-counter pain relievers and fever reducers will be required to revise their labeling over the next year, according to new rules issued this week by the Food and Drug Administration. New labeling must warn of the risks of stomach bleeding associated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which include aspirin (such as Bayer), ibuprofen (such as Advil) and naproxen (such as Aleve); and liver damage associated with acetaminophen (such as Tylenol). The rules apply to all over-the-counter pain relievers and fever reducers that contain these ingredients, including many cold medicines.
ADHD kids on meds test better
Children on medicine for attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder scored higher on academic tests than unmedicated children with ADHD in the first large, long-term study suggesting this benefit from the widely used drugs. The study followed nearly 600 children with the disorder from kindergarten through fifth grade. Average scores for medicated children were almost three points higher in math, or three months ahead, and more than five points higher in reading, or two months ahead. About 4 million U.S. children have been diagnosed with the disorder, and about half of them take drugs such as the stimulant Ritalin to control behavior. Teachers often advocate medication, but many parents worry about side effects. The study appears in the May issue of Pediatrics. A federal grant paid for the research; authors said they have no financial ties to ADHD drugmakers.
Compiled from Times wires