(CBS/AP) Stem cells in young women's ovaries are capable of producing new eggs, according to a new study. The findings challenge 60 years of dogma that women are born with all the eggs they'll ever have.
For the study, published in the Feb. 26 issue of Nature Medicine and led by Jonathan Tilly of Massachusetts General Hospital, researchers examined healthy human ovaries donated by 20-something Japanese women who were undergoing a sex-change operation. The researchers fished out stem cells by searching for a protein found only on the surface of stem cells. The researchers then injected those stem cells into pieces of human ovary, transplanting the tissue under the skin of mice, to provide the tissue with a nourishing blood supply.Continue »
(CBS) Women are more likely than men to die from heart attacks. That provocative claim is one of several gender differences found in a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The study looked at 1.4 million patients who had experienced a heart attack between 1994 and 2006 to investigate the relationship between age and gender and heart attacks, specifically symptoms and death rates. Data revealed 14.6 percent of women hospitalized with a heart attack died, compared with 10.3 percent of men.Continue »
(CBS) Can plastic surgery turn back the clock? According to a new study, it can make patients look up to nine years younger than their chronological age.
The study, published Feb. 20 in the Archives of Plastic Surgery, aimed to put a number on the years that could be "restored" through surgery.Continue »
Meet Edith Ritchie and Evelyn "Evie" Middleton. They were born on a farm near Newburgh, Scotland, on November 15, 1909. The sisters are fraternal twins but their mother always dressed them the same from an early age.Continue »
(CBS) Morning-after pills may not be available on drug store shelves, but college students at Shippensburg University looking for a convenient way to buy a Plan B pill can now mosey on down to the vending machine at the student health center.
The vending machines sell each dose of emergency contraceptive for $25, and the university won't profit from the sales, CBS Philadelphia reported.Continue »
The first time Twinney saw a "sea of pink" when a Race for the Cure walk for breast cancer traveled through her hometown of Plymouth, Mich., she was so moved she cried. This week, after watching The Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity announce plans to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, then reverse those plans amid a public furor, Twinney decided she was done.
"It just feels like it's all tarnished now," the 41-year-old woman said. "Honestly, I'm not sure what they can do to change that."Continue »
(CBS) It's National Wear Red Day, the American Heart Association's campaign to spread awareness for heart disease in women, their number one killer. Are you wearing red today?
An estimated one in four women dies from heart disease in the U.S., according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. That's more deaths from heart disease than the next four causes of death combined, says the AHA.Continue »
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(CBS) Susan G. Komen for the Cure has reversed its decision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, and will continue to fund grants for breast cancer screening at Planned Parenthood clinics, the cancer charity said in a statement.
"We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives," read a prepared statement from Susan G. Komen Board of Directors and Founder and CEO, Nancy G. Brinker.Continue »
(CBS/AP) The public battle between Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood is growing more heated. Supporters around the country are rallying around Planned Parenthood with donations and public condemnations of the Komen's decision to pull grant funding for breast screening.
According to Planned Parenthood, its health centers performed more than 4 million breast exams over the past five years, including nearly $170,000 as a result of Komen grants. Komen had previously provided grants for 19 Planned Parenthood Clinic, but now will only financially support three of them, Susan G. Komen for the Cure's top leaders said Thursday during a press conference.Continue »
Komen, on the other hand, continued to receive heated criticism from some members of Congress, numerous liberal advocacy groups and some newspaper editorial writers. But it was applauded by many conservative religious and anti-abortion groups that abhor Planned Parenthood for its role as the leading U.S. abortion provider.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Pfizer sent shudders through women across the U.S. yesterday, when it recalled 1 million packets of birth control pills due to pregnancy concerns. The pills - which are supposed to be nearly 100 percent effective when taken properly - were victim of a manufacturing mix-up which caused some packets to be distributed with the pills out of order.
That means a patient could have unknowingly skipped a dose and raised her risk of an accidental pregnancy.Continue »
(CBS) One in four breast cancer patients who have partial mastectomies get called back for more surgery, according to a new study.
The observational study - published in the Feb. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association - examined the outcomes of breast cancer surgeries in women from four institutions and three health plans. Researchers looked specifically at reexcision rates following partial mastectomies.Continue »
Updated at 4:57 p.m. ET: Susan G. Komen for the Cure denies decision was politically motivated
(CBS/AP) Planned Parenthood and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, two iconic organizations that have assisted millions of women for years, are no longer partners. The nation's leading breast-cancer charity severed its ties with Planned Parenthood affiliates.
Why? Many suspect the cutoff is linked to the abortion debate. Komen has been under fire by anti-abortion activists, after its connection to the pro-choice organization was publicized.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Pfizer announced it's recalling 1 million packets of birth control over a packaging mix-up that could raise the risk for an unplanned pregnancy.
The mix-up affects 28 lots of birth control pills: 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets. Both products are manufactured by Pfizer Inc. and marketed in the U.S. by Akrimax Rx Products under the Akrimax Pharmaceuticals brand.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Bottles of Brazilian Blowout will no longer be labeled as "formaldehyde-free" and will alert users that two of its formulations emit the possible carcinogen, California's attorney general announced Monday.
The labeling changes are designed to settle a lawsuit the state filed in November against North Hollywood-based GIB LLC , the company that makes Brazilian Blowout products. The products are applied during salon treatments and coupled with high heat to temporarily smooth curly hair.Continue »