New hormonal Rx for breast CA approved

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Researchers are cautiously enthusiastic about anastrozole (Arimidex) a new hormonal agent that has shown a 22% increased survival rate for postmenopausal women treated for metastatic breast cancer.  Anastrozole which has just been approved by the Health Protection Branch of Health Canada has the added benefit of being a well-tolerated drug with minimal side effects.  Two identical international trials one in North America and one in Europe and Australia were conducted with more than 500 postmenopausal women unsuccessfully treated with tamoxifen and ready for second-line hormone therapy. Two-hundred and sixty-three women were randomized to receive either 1 mg/day or 10 mg/d anastrozole and 253 were randomized to receive 40 mg megestrol acetate the standard second-line hormonal therapy.   (more…)

Women Have Less Time for Exercise

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If your facility is in a lower-income area, then you can support your community’s health by encouraging women to exercise. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health (December 2001) found that women with an annual of income less than $20,000 had less time to exercise compared to men with the same income. (more…)

Why Should We Care About Menopause? Part 2

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It’s going to be difficult for an 80-year-old woman to defy her age for one-third of her life, regardless of genetics and plastic surgery. It should not be an impossible goal to have 80-year-old women take pride in their appearance, enjoy their favorite hobbies that may include dancing, swimming, hiking, etc., and continue to expand their minds. (more…)

Why Should We Care About Menopause? Part 1

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Too often, women have symptoms associated with menopause but don’t know what causes them and what may make them better. I find it maddening when women go to their healthcare providers and describe their symptoms only to be given a prescription for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) without a thorough explanation of risks, benefits and alternatives. (more…)

Breast Feeding Basics. Part 2

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Inverted nipples do not prevent women from breast feeding. Many women with inverted nipples feed well. Special preparation may be needed, such as the Hoffman Technique and using a breast shield.

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Breast Feeding Basics. Part 1

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Your decision to breastfeed is an excellent choice. To make yourself feel more confident, it is important to educate yourself on breastfeeding. There are many great books and videos listed in the books section of our website.

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Fibromyalgia, Lupus & Exercise

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Q.I am 49 and have had fibromyalgia and lupus for two years. It is getting harder to exercise because of the pain. Could you recommend a book on some good stretching exercises that would be helpful for me? Would an air-walker be a good exercise machine to invest in? (more…)

Folate Fortification Not Without Controversy

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Folic acid, a B vitamin, is known to be protective against certain birth defects — neural tube defects (NTDs) — that develop early in pregnancy. A new study published in the August 1999 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirms that folic acid fortification significantly raises the folate levels of women and suggests that only an extra 100 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid a day could benefit women in their childbearing years. (more…)

Ambivalence is Normal

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How you feel about yourself, your baby, and your pregnancy most likely will change from time to time during the nine months of gestation.

If the pregnancy was a surprise, finding out you are pregnant may be more of an emotional shock than if the pregnancy was planned. (more…)

Understanding Ultrasound

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Ultrasound is without a doubt the most important innovation in obstetrics in the last 50 years. Before ultrasound, we relied on our hands to feel the mother’s abdomen, a tape measure to check the size, and a stethoscope to hear the fetal heartbeat to determine whether the baby was OK. (more…)