Breast-feeding lowers breast cancer risk in those with family history – IN60

From Massachusetts – According to research published in The Archives of Internal Medicine, younger women with a family history of breast cancer may have a lower risk of the disease if they breast-feed. In a study of over 60,000 women, researchers found that breast-feeding may reduce breast cancer risk by nearly 60%. This is similarly effective as tamoxifen, a drug often used in high-risk women to reduce breast cancer risk.

From Chicago – According to research in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, short sleep times may increase the long-term risk of diabetes. Researchers studied otherwise healthy middle aged men and women, reducing their sleep times from 8.5 hours to 5.5 hours. Patients who slept 5.5 hours had responses to common sugar tests comparable to those who have an increased risk of diabetes.

And finally, from London – According to research in the journal Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, urine samples may predict an individual’s response to a particular drug. Researchers studied nearly 100 men, examining their response to acetaminophen. Results showed that varying levels of para-cresol sulphate, a compound produced by bacteria in the gut, indicated how the men would metabolize the drug.

For Insidermedicine in 60, I’m Dr. Susan Sharma.
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Women with first degree relatives who have had breast cancer should be screened at least 10 years prior to the age their relative was when diagnosed. Due to the variances of family history you should be seen by a genetic counselor.

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Dr. Harness explains that women with first degree relatives who have had breast cancer should be screened at least 10 years prior to the age their relative was when diagnosed.

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