Osteoporosis Drug Decreases Risk for Breast Cancer
According to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, a new drug being tested to combat osteoporosis in premenopausal women has been found to simultaneously fight breast disease. An international study conducted in 180 American hospitals and 24 European health centers found that raloxifene reduced a womanís risk of contracting breast cancer by 76%.
The 3-year breast cancer study followed 7,705 women; 2,557 who received one tablet of raloxifene per day, 2,572 who took two raloxifene pills daily, and 2,576 women who took two placebo pills each day. All the women were under 81 years of age.
Results showed that of the women who received either dose of raloxifene (5,129 women), only 13 cases of breast cancer developed. This compares to 26 cases of breast cancer found in the women who took the dummy pills (2,576 women).
Researchers report that raloxifene "prevents estrogen-related breast cancers by occupying the same molecular receptor sites as the estrogen molecule on the surface of cells. [It] blocks estrogen's cancer promoting effects on breast and endometrial tissue . . ." Scientists are comparing this drug with tamoxifen, a similar drug that also obstructs estrogen on breast tissue.
Side effects of raloxifene included blood clots, hot flashes, flu symptoms, cramps, and swelling of the legs. The results of the study found no differences in the effectiveness of the drug in women who received one or two tablets of raloxifene daily. Currently, the study is continuing in order to examine the long-term effects and usefulness of raloxifene in preventing breast cancer.
5/1/2015 House Reverses DC Law Banning Reproductive Health Discrimination by Employers - The US House of Representatives voted Thursday night to overturn a Washington, DC, law that makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who use their insurance to cover procedures like in-vitro fertilization or abortion and contraception like birth control pills and IUDs for themselves, their spouses, or their children.
The District's council passed the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act last year. . . .
4/30/2015 400 Women and Children Have Been Rescued From Boko Haram in Nigeria - In two different operations in under a week, Nigerian troops have rescued more than 400 women and children who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram.
On Tuesday, Nigerian troops announced they rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram - and today news has come out that troops rescued another 160 women and children.
While the news is promising and shows progress made in Nigeria to combat Boko Haram, the girls rescued were not the Chibok girls who inspired the #BringBackOurGirls movement last year. . . .
4/29/2015 Hillary Clinton Calls for Criminal Justice Reform and an End to Mass Incarceration - Hillary Clinton delivered the keynote address at the 18th Annual Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum today, addressing directly criminal justice reforms she would like to see to prevent another "incarceration generation."
"It's time the end the era of mass incarceration," Clinton declared to much applause, citing statistics about the disproportionately higher rate of incarceration that black men in America face. . . .