Some of the top news stories in health today include the morning after pill, coffee and tea may reduce heart disease, and prostate cancer outcomes; that is, treatment vs. the watchful eye.
oneElle, the 5 day morning after pill
An advisory panel at the FDA has recommended approval of the morning after pill which is said to be effective for five days after unprotected sex. Although the agency is not required to follow advisory panel directives, it often complies. FDA panel endorses ellaOne morning-after contraceptive pill
Coffee and tea and your heart
WebMD reporting on a new study of coffee and tea drinkers, found that:
People who drank three to six cups of tea per day had a 45% lower risk of death from heart disease than people who drank less than one cup of tea a day.
Drinking more than six cups of tea a day was associated with a 36% lower risk of heart disease, compared to drinking less than one cup. . . .
People who drank more than two, but no more than four, cups of coffee a day had about a 20% lower risk of heart disease than people who drank more or less coffee or no coffee at all.Tea, Coffee Drinkers Have Lower Heart Risk WebMD
The BBC noted: Dutch researchers working with the North America Tea Trade Research Association followed almost 40,000 people over the 13-year study. And they questioned the use of milk in tea as to whether or not it reduces effectiveness. Tea ‘reduces heart disease risk’ BBC News
Prostate cancer and no treatment may be OK for some
Reuters says, “In the Swedish study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers compared deaths among more than 6,800 men with prostate cancer who underwent treatment — surgery or radiation — or were simply monitored regularly by their doctors, the so-called “watchful waiting” approach. With watchful waiting, patients are only treated if their cancer progresses.. .
“After about eight years, 20 percent of the men in the watchful waiting group had died, almost twice as many as in the treatment group. However, the number of deaths was no different than what would be expected in the general population. Less than three percent had actually died from prostate cancer, and those who weren’t treated turned out also to be sicker in the first place.” Untreated prostate cancer no death sentenceSUBSCRIBE to HEALTH NEWS
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