A new study has found that a specific intrauterine device (IUD) is associated with a greater risk of breast cancer, but not endometrial, ovarian, pancreatic, or lung cancers. The researchers examined data from over 93,000 women in Finland who had used the LNG-IUS to treat their menorrhagia. The women ranged in age from 30 to 49 years. The breast cancer rate for the group using the system for menorrhagia control was approximately 19% higher than the breast cancer rate for the general population. No increase in uterine cancer or ovarian, pancreatic, or lung cancers was seen with IUD use. Other factors, beyond the IUD use, could also be at play, especially factors related to the menorrhagia, so a direct link between IUD use and cancer will need to be proven by additional research.
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Review of ADHD drug approvals highlights gaps between approval process, long-term safety assessment. Over the last 60 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 20 medications for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) based on clinical trials that were not designed to study their long-term efficacy and safety or to detect rare adverse events. The study highlights gaps in how the long-term safety of drugs intended for chronic use in children is assessed as part of the FDA approval process.
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We know that obesity kills, we know that obesity costs the global economy billions, what we don’t know is how to sustainably treat obesity to bring the former points to … Continue Reading Healthinnovations on the BBC World panel on the Danish ‘Fat Tax’ [unedited]
Healthinnovations is not only on google plus but healthinnovations enjoys google +. I like the clean-cut asymmetrical minimalist design, I like the ease of use and I like the reach. … Continue Reading Healthinnovations on pharma brands on google +
To begin a QR code or Quick Response code is a 2-dimensional barcode which can be linked to a website or contain extra documentation, there’s one over there to the … Continue Reading Healthinnovations on QR codes in pharma & healthcare marketing.
I have a story, it’s nothing unusual. It’s about a teenager who found she couldn’t stand up straight. Worried parent’s told her to stand up straight, female family members worriedly … Continue Reading Healthinnovations in Psychology Part Two
The mental health patient is the forgotten patient…Let’s talk mental illness, does it make you feel uncomfortable? Does it worry you that speaking about it may lead people to believe … Continue Reading Health Innovations in Psychology Part One
I have just read a tweet about incentives being offered to women to take Mammograms in the US. These “mammogram parties” will offer incentives such as chocolate fondue, massages and … Continue Reading Why is it irresponsible to offer women incentives to take mammograms?
Before we begin these are my personal views and don’t necessarily reflect the views of my employer. Whilst researching pharmaceutical sales force recently I realised that I couldn’t find one … Continue Reading Why The Pharmaceutical Industry Still Needs Sales Force.