Too soon to pull breast implants tied to cancer, U.S. panel

(Associated Press) — U.S. government medical advisers said Monday it’s too soon to ban a type of breast implant that has recently been linked to a rare form of cancer, saying more information is needed to understand the problem. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel didn’t recommend any immediate restrictions on breast implants after […]

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Women’s heart attack symptoms are different, and clinical care must catch up

(Glen Pyle/ The Conversation) — One evening, you tune in to your favourite medical drama. As the scene opens, the calm of the hospital is shattered when a patient grabs their chest and collapses to the floor. The impossibly good-looking medical team rush in and work feverishly to save the heart attack victim. In your […]

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Study: leave benign ovarian cysts in place

(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay News) — It’s a common gynecological finding: A growth on an ovary, which turns out to be a benign cyst. Is surgical removal necessary? Not always, according to data from a new study of more than 1,900 such cases in which outcomes were tracked for two years post-diagnosis. The team behind the research […]

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Montreal firms mount class-action lawsuit against breast implant manufacturers

(Phil Carpenter/ Global News) — The year Judith Lépine turned 19, she says, was one of the most difficult of her life. “I’m telling you [now] I want to live,” she said, weeping. “I’m 25, I am not dead.” But in her late teens, she thought of giving up. The reason, she says, was suffering as a […]

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What to know about fibroadenomas of the breast

(Timothy Huzar/ Medical News Today) — A fibroadenoma is a type of lump that can develop in the breast and typically appears in females. Fibroadenomas are very common, but they are benign, which means that they are noncancerous. Other than the lump itself, a person with a fibroadenoma is unlikely to experience any symptoms. In […]

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Biocell textured breast implants under scrutiny as women complain of pain

(Marcy Cuttler/ CBC News) — For Katherine Smylie, it was a five-year journey to figure out the hair loss, memory fog, irritable bowel syndrome and constant pain — especially the migraines. “I had migraines every day for over two-and-half years,” the Edmonton woman said. Her doctors told Smylie she was crazy, she said, and there was […]

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5 signs you might have uterine fibroids

(Nataliya Stefanus/ Baltimore Post-Examiner) — When you hear the phrase uterine fibroids you can easily get scared, but these non-cancerous tumors are more common than you might think and less dangerous too. Many women don’t even know they have fibroids, because they can be asymptomatic. In fact, only a third of all women suffering from this condition […]

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Most women with incontinence skip the doctor

(Kara Gavin/ Futurity) — Nearly half of women older than 50 say they are sometimes incontinent—a problem that can range from a minor nuisance to a major issue, according to a new poll. Yet two-thirds of these women have not talked to a doctor about the sometimes embarrassing, little-discussed issue. And only 38 percent said they […]

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Uncovering endometriosis: conference brings painful condition out of the dark

(CBC News) — Pain remained a steadfast companion for Laura Millions Cone from her childhood into adulthood. It wasn’t until she was in her early 20s that she got a name for that pain: endometriosis. Having fought hard first to get a diagnosis, and then the health care she needed, she has now become an […]

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Persistent pelvic pain: Women suffer in silence amid ignorance and stigma

(Alexandra Alvaro/ Australian Broadcast Corp News) — Each time Kate Mokrzecki presented to doctors with pelvic pain, they put it down to a different condition — appendicitis, a liver infection, intestinal problems. She was even tested for a heart condition. “There wasn’t much help, really. After they did that test [for heart problems], they just left […]

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