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Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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The Zen Way to Pain Relief
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ANIMAL CARE
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Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
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Returning to the Road Tricky After Injury
CANCER
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Vitamin C Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment
Papaya Could Be a Cancer Fighter
CAREGIVING
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Organ Donation Policies Vary Among Children's Hospitals
U.S. Mental Health Spending Rises, But Many Still Left Out
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
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Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
DIABETES
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Added Sugars in Diet Threaten Heart Health
Coffee Drinkers Might Live Longer
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Exhaust From Railroad Diesel Linked to Lung Ailments
Prenatal Exposure to Traffic Pollution May Lead to Asthma
Cats Can Trigger Eczema in Some Infants
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
FITNESS
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
Run for Your Life
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Fructose Boosts Blood Pressure, Studies Find
Diet, Exercise May Slow Kidney Disease Progression
Food and Water Supply Poisoned by Perchlorate
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
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Teen Stress May Have Roots in First Three Years of Life
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
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How to Attack Holiday Stress Head-On
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
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PREGNANCY
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Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
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SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Soy May Not Lead to Denser Breasts
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
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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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