ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
'Snowbirds' Beware the Climate Changes
Get in Step With Summer Foot Care
Barefoot Lifestyle Has Its Dangers
CANCER
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Seaweed May Help Treat Lymphoma
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
CAREGIVING
Babies Born in High Pollen Months at Wheezing Risk
Exercise During Pregnancy May Help Baby
New Guidelines for Treating Heart Failure
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
DIABETES
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
DIET, NUTRITION
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
5 Reasons why you could gain weight while dieting
Many Kids Don't Need the Vitamins They're Taking
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Exhaust From Railroad Diesel Linked to Lung Ailments
Improved Fungicides May Be Easier on Environment
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
EYE CARE, VISION
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
FDA Goes After Unapproved Eye Washes, Skin Ointments
FITNESS
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Run for Your Life
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Asparagus May Ease Hangover
Toxins May Form When Skin, Indoor Ozone Meet
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Too Much Red Meat May Shorten Life Span
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
MEN'S HEALTH
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Countdown to Hair Loss
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
Fear Response May Stem From Protein in Brain
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
SENIORS
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
Any Old Cane Won't Do
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
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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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