ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Ginkgo No Shield Against Alzheimer's
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Pain More a Cause of Arthritis Than a Symptom
Cane Use May Cut Progression of Knee Osteoarthritis
Human Ancestors Put Best Foot Forward 1.5M Years Ago
CANCER
Multiple Screening Strategy Boosts Cervical Cancer Detection
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Yoga Eases Sleep Problems Among Cancer Survivors
CAREGIVING
Late-Life Fatherhood May Lower Child's Intelligence
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
Reduce Suffering, Urge Heart Failure Patients and Caregivers
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
DIABETES
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Holiday Eating Without the Guilt -- or the Pounds
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Where You Live May Affect Your Cancer Diagnosis
Hairspray Exposure Ups Risk for Birth Defect in Sons
Former Inmates at Increased Risk for High Blood Pressure
EYE CARE, VISION
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
Diabetic Hispanics Missing Out on Eye Exams
'Blind' Man Navigates Obstacle Course Without Error
FITNESS
Seniors Who Exercise Help Their Health
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Can a Bad Boss Make You Sick?
Toxins May Form When Skin, Indoor Ozone Meet
Keep Fire Safety in Mind as You Celebrate
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
Obese People Seem to Do Better With Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
St. John's Wort Doesn't Work for ADHD
Don't Leave Your Kids In The Car !
MEN'S HEALTH
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
MENTAL HEALTH
Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
SENIORS
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Any Old Cane Won't Do
Rapid Weight Loss in Seniors Signals Higher Dementia Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
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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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