ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Soybean Chemicals May Reduce Effects of Menopause
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
Birds Don't Miss a Beat
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Healthy adults have potential autoimmune disease-causing cells
B Cells Can Act Alone in Autoimmune Diseases
Tips to Ease an Aching Back
CANCER
Method for Treating Cervical Lesions May Pose Pregnancy Risks
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Gene Studies Reveal Cancer's Secrets
CAREGIVING
Simpler Sleep Apnea Treatment Seems Effective, Affordable
U.S. Mental Health Spending Rises, But Many Still Left Out
Weekend Admission May Be Riskier for GI Bleeding
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
DIABETES
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
DIET, NUTRITION
Holiday Eating Without the Guilt -- or the Pounds
Even in 'Last Supper,' Portion Sizes Have Grown
Eating Free Range
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
FDA Faulted for Stance on Chemical in Plastics
Gene Mutation May Cause Some Cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder
Short-Term Air Pollution Exposure May Damage DNA
EYE CARE, VISION
Kids Think Glasses Make Others Look Smart, Honest
When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
FITNESS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Lower Vitamin D Levels in Blacks May Up Heart Risks
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
Healthy Living Adds Years to Life
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
Risk Factor for Stroke More Common Among Whites
Cocoa in Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia
School Meals Need to Get Healthier
MEN'S HEALTH
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
MENTAL HEALTH
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
SENIORS
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
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Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids

Green tea extract shows promise as a treatment for uterine fibroids, say U.S. researchers who add they'll soon begin human trials of the therapy.

Uterine fibroids, which affect 40 percent of women of reproductive age, cause excessive vaginal bleeding, anemia, fatigue and lack of energy. Currently, hysterectomy is the only treatment option.

Green tea extract can kill human leiomyoma cells in tissue cultures and can eradicate fibroid lesions in lab animals, according to Dr. Ayman Al-Hendy, director of clinical research at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., and colleagues. Their findings were published Jan. 14 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

"If we can prove this compound is effective, millions of women can start self-treatment and self-management," Al-Hendy said in a news release.

He and his team are recruiting volunteers to take part in clinical trials.

SOURCES: Meharry Medical College, news release, January 2010 Published on: January 27, 2010