ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
Cranberries May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Fractures in Older Adults Up Death Risk
Weight Loss Might Not Curb Knee Arthritis
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
CANCER
Smoking Exposure Now Linked to Colon, Breast Cancers
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Where You Live May Affect Your Cancer Diagnosis
CAREGIVING
Distance No Bar to Kidney Transplants in Remote Areas
Caring for Aging Loved Ones Can Be a Catch-22
Hispanic Children More Likely to Have Hearing Loss
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
DIABETES
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
DIET, NUTRITION
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
Breakfast Eggs Keep Folks on Diet
School Meals Need to Get Healthier
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Gene Explains How High-Fructose Diets Lead to Insulin Resistance
Gas Cooking Might Up Your Cancer Risk
Staying Slim Is Good for the Environment
EYE CARE, VISION
Diabetic Hispanics Missing Out on Eye Exams
Thyroid Problems Boost Glaucoma Risk
Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
FITNESS
FDA Mandates New Warnings for Botox
Run for Your Life
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
New Methods Could Speed Production of Flu Vaccines
Trans-Fat Ban In New York City Is Proving successful
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fondness for Fish Keeps Japanese Hearts Healthy
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Combo Treatment Eases Wheezing in Babies
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
MENTAL HEALTH
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Green Spaces Boost the Body and the Mind
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
SENIORS
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
Friends, Not Grandkids, Key to Happy Retirement
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
Simple Carbs Pose Heart Risk for Women
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
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Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues

TUESDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Postmenopausal women with breast cancer who are receiving endocrine treatment may be at increased risk of joint issues, including arthritis, a new study finds.

British researchers publishing in the September issue of The Lancet Oncology, found that previous use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), hormone-receptor positivity, previous chemotherapy, obesity and treatment with anastrozole -- an aromatase inhibitor -- all increased the chances of these women developing joint problems.

These increased risks appear to be tied to the significant drop in estrogen levels the patients experience during endocrine treatment. Estrogen deficiency previously has been associated with joint issues in other studies.

The researchers made their discoveries during a trial comparing the use of either an aromatase inhibitor (anastrozole) or tamoxifen in some 9,000 postmenopausal women with breast cancer. In the study, joint symptoms were reported in:

* 41 percent of women who had previously used HRT versus 29 percent of those who had not.
* Women who received previous chemotherapy also reported significantly more joint symptoms than those who had not (39 percent versus 31 percent).
* The more obese the women was, based on the body-mass index, the more likely she had joint issues.

"Awareness of risk factors for joint symptoms will help both clinicians and patients to anticipate and manage these symptoms and ensure optimum adherence to endocrine treatment," researcher Dr. Ivana Sestak of Cancer Research UK, said in a news release issued by her organization.

More information

The National Cancer Institute has more about breast cancer.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Cancer Research UK, news release, Aug. 12, 2008

Last Updated: Aug. 12, 2008

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