ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Genes May Help Drive Rotator Cuff Injury
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
Healthy adults have potential autoimmune disease-causing cells
CANCER
Minorities Distrust Medical System More
Green Tea Compound Slowed Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
CAREGIVING
MRSA Infections Spreading to Kids in Community
Health Tip: Benefitting From Adult Day Care
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
DIABETES
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Vinegar Might Help Keep Off Pounds
Oregano Shown to be the Most Powerful Culinary Herb
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Greener Neighborhoods Mean Slimmer Children
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
Accumulated Lead May Affect Older Women's Brains
EYE CARE, VISION
It's a Whole New Outlook for Cataract Patients
Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
FITNESS
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Tune Up Your Health With Music
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
Sleep and Do Better
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Dark Chocolate May Lower Stroke Risk
Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
Cocoa in Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
When It Comes to Toys, Shop Smart, Shop Safe
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
MEN'S HEALTH
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
SENIORS
The Healthy Habits of Centenarians
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Any Old Cane Won't Do
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
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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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