Study confirms mammography reduces risk of breast cancer death

By srh
June 30th, 2011

A new study of more than 133,000 women confirms that regular mammography screenings reduce a woman’s risk of dying from breast cancer.

The Swedish Two-County Trial study began in the late 1970s. In its first phase, researchers divided the study participants in to two groups: Women who were given regular mammograms, and women who were treated with “usual care,” or treatment that did not include mammograms. That screening period lasted for seven years, after which the study’s second phase began and the women were followed for an additional 29 years. (more…)

Drug addiction usually starts before 18…..

By srh
June 30th, 2011

The top public health problem in the United States is not obesity, as many might guess, says one public policy organization. The National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse, also known as CASA, leaves no question as to where it stands on the subject, titling its latest study “Adolescent Substance Use: America’s No. 1 Public Health Problem.”

The report released Wednesday finds that the consumption of alcohol, the use of tobacco and marijuana and the abuse of prescription drugs is on the rise among teens.  That’s not terribly surprising but this might be:  CASA found that 9 out of 10 adult addicts started using before the age of 18,  compared with  1 in 25 Americans who started using these substances at age 21 or older. (more…)

Obesity caused by more than sitting on couch

By srh
June 28th, 2011

Obesity experts have been saying for years that children who sit in front of the TV screen day in and day out tend to be heavier. It’s the sedentary lifestyle. But now experts are finding it’s not only the couch potato effect, but the television ads children are watching, along with other factors that can add inches to their waistlines.

According to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, titled, “Children, Adolescents, Obesity and the Media,” junk food and fast food ads increase a child’s desire to eat those types of foods. Studies also show that snacking while watching the tube increases. And if kids stay up late at night while watching the tube or playing video games, their lack of sleep can be a major factor in raising their risk for obesity. (more…)

When it comes to sex, do you simmer or soar?

By srh
June 24th, 2011

When comparing male and female sexuality, there’s no shortage of adages: “Men are like light switches – just flip them on and they’re ready to go. Women are like irons – plug them in and let them warm up.”

Or, wait: Is it that men are like microwaves – just push a button to turn them on – and women are like Crock-Pots that need to simmer?

Dr. Emily Nagoski, author of “The Good in Bed Guide to Female Orgasms” writes that “men are like driving standard transmission – if you move through the gears in the right order, you will get where you want to go – and women are like baking a souffle – the outcome depends on the ingredients and the chef, sure, but it also depends on the reliability of the oven, the altitude, the humidity of the day… more variables, more variability.” (more…)

Sex after the menopause

By srh
June 24th, 2011

What is the menopause?

The menopause is the time when a woman’s periods stop. In the UK, this usually happens between the ages of 47 and 53.

In 2004, two Scottish scientists developed an ovary-ultrasound test which predicts when you will reach your ‘change.of life’. However, it is not available on the NHS. It’s now possible to obtain this Wallace-Kelsey test privately; the current cost is about £250. (more…)