She MUST Use Instead for Her Health!
A reader from New York City comments about how the Instead menstrual cup is the only thing she can use:
See the comment about Instead last week
and the able of contents at the top of the page for more items about Instead
(listed under "cup, menstrual").
Read About the Latest in Endometriosis
Donna Laux of the Endometriosis Care Center e-mails that you folks - and me, too - might want to read about a topic that afflicts millions of women of menstruating age.
The Web site is http://www.CenterForEndo.com
Menstruation Benefits Men!?
I mentioned earlier the interesting article about why women menstruate (in Science News by John Travis). Susan Dean of San Jose, California, (one of five SN published in its 17 May edition) wrote a letter to SN in response to that article, saying, in part,
Dioxin Affects Fish, and You and Me
Again and again we read about the effects of the class of chemicals called dioxins, found almost everywhere, and produced in part from the processing of wood - this means it's found in many menstrual products, since many pads and tampons contain wood pulp.
Read about the effects on fish, and probably the people that eat them,
in the 17 May edition of Science
"Traumatic Grief" is Dangerous
People whose spouses were a "Band-Aid" - they helped them with their very inadequate skills in relationships - suffer a kind of post-traumatic stress disorder when these partners die. Damage to their immune systems can be worse than that experienced by severely depressed people, and can probably trigger grave physical illness, such as cancer. Psychotherapy can help.
Read about it in the May American
Journal of Psychiatry.
Finding Lobular Breast Cancer, NOT with Mammography
In contrast to the cancer 85% of women afflicted with breast cancer get, a cancer which affects the ducts which carry milk to the nipple, lobular breast cancer, which affects the milk-producing glands themselves, cannot be detected by mammography.
Carol Shattuck, now undergoing chemotherapy for this latter cancer, writes in the Washington Post Health section (20 May), "No matter what your age, mammography is not always the answer. At least 10 percent of breast cancers are not picked up on mammograms . . . . We must . . . become knowledgeable about about cancer and the limits of technology, such as mammography . . . . [M]any of our doctors, along with the general public, place far too much reliance on mammography."
This Post section also talks about clotting problems with birth control pills.
Does Estrogen Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease?
In a fabulous article on the pioneer of geriatric research, Dr. Caleb
E. Finch, of the University of Southern California, Science Times (New
York Times) from 20 May reports that "women who take estrogen
replacement therapy after menopause appear to have a reduced risk
of developing the disease [Alzheimer's], and early studies have suggested
that the hormone can ameliorate the symptoms and slow
the progress of mental decline in those already afflicted."
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