(CBS/AP) Breast cancer awareness has turned a plethora of objects pink - including Bibles. But the pink-bound version of the Holman Christian Standard Bible has now been recalled by the Southern Baptist Convention's publishing division, because some of the sales money was given to Planned Parenthood.
A portion of the purchase price went to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. LifeWay Christian Resources, the Bible's publisher, made the move after receiving complaints that some Komen affiliates were helping fund cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood clinics, which also provide abortions.Continue »
It's known as "vocal fry" among speech experts, and celebrities including Kim Kardashian are accused of fueling its presence in young women. The study's authors say vocal fry is sometimes considered a speech impediment, but they and their colleagues are hearing it more than ever (Click here for some vocal fry impressions).Continue »
(CBS) All women over 30 should get tested for human papillomavirus, say the authors of a new cervical cancer study. The study showed an HPV test was a better screening method to prevent cancer than the common Pap smear test alone.
For the study, published in the Dec. 14 issue of the Lancet Oncology, Dutch researchers studied nearly 56,000 women ages 29 to 56 who had appointments for routine cervical cancer screening. Some women underwent HPV testing in addition to a Pap test, while some women only had a Pap performed.
(CBS) Why are fewer Americans getting married these days? A new report shows the current number of married adults has dropped to a record low of 51 percent. For a dose of perspective, back in 1960, 72 percent of U.S. adults ages 18 and older were married.
The report, by the Washington D.C. think tank Pew Research Center, suggests that if the trend continues, within a few years less than half of American adults will be hitched.Continue »
(CBS) It's official. A new study ties drinking alcohol to unsafe sex.
It's no secret that boozing and bad decisions go hand-in-hand, but scientists had yet to determine a cause-and-effect relationship when it comes to drinking and unsafe sex - until now.Continue »
(CBS) Why are so many older Americans getting screened for cancer every year? Despite patients guidelines which recommend against routine screening for adults over 75, a new study suggests most elderly adults are screened regularly for breast, cervical, prostate, and colon cancer.
There are more than 36.8 million adults over 65 living in the U.S. and that number is expected to double by 2030, according to study author Dr. Keith M. Bellizzi, assistant professor of human development and family studies at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. That could drive up the nation's health care costs, and result in more tests and unnecessary surgeries for older Americans.
(CBS/AP) Breast cancer doctors hoped the bone drugs they prescribed patients would prevent complications from the disease. Seven years later, the doctors saw the bone drugs did in fact improve breast cancer survival in women.
What's especially impressive is that the women were treated only once every six months for three years.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Yaz and other newer, widely-used birth control pills are under the FDA's microsope over safety labels. The agency wants the drugs' labels to mention a potential higher risk of blood clots in the legs and lungs.
The FDA's expert panel voted 21-5 Thursday that labeling on the popular Bayer drugs is inadequate and needs more information about the potential clotting risk in light of recent research that found ties.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Can women control their own fates when it comes to breast cancer? A report released Wednesday by the Institute of Medicine says many women can significantly reduce their risk for the disease by making a handful of lifestyle changes.
Some women are more concerned that everyday activities such as cell phone use and exposure to chemicals found in plastics or hair dyes can cause breast cancer. The Institute's new report says not to worry about those common fears. What they should really worry about, it said, is their weight, how much they exercise, and whether they smoke, drink, take hormones or get too much radiation from medical tests.Continue »
(CBS) If you're a female smoker considering breast lifts, consider yourself warned: smoking cigarettes could cause your nipples to fall off.
That eyebrow-raising warning comes from Dr. Anthony Youn, a Detroit-based board-certified plastic surgeon and author of the plastic surgery memoir "In Stitches."
"I cringe every time I see a patient for a breast lift who is a smoker," Youn wrote on CNN. "I'm deathly afraid that despite my warnings, she will smoke before or after surgery and cause her nipples to turn black and fall off."Continue »
(CBS/AP) Breast cancer experts are tickled pink by two new medicines that could mark the biggest advances in more than a decade. The drugs significantly delay the time until women with very advanced cases get worse.
One of the experimental drugs, Genentech's pertuzumab, targets cells that make too much of a protein called HER2 - a problem in about one out of four or five breast cancer cases. A new study of 808 women showed pertuzumab held cancer at bay for a median of 18 months when given with standard treatment - versus 12 months for others given just the usual treatment. The study included women from Europe, North and South America and Asia. Herceptin, a standard treatment for certain types of breast cancer since 1998, attacks the same target but in a different way, and the medicines complement each other.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Immediately after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius nixed an FDA decision that would have allowed the Plan B emergency contraceptive to be sold over-the-counter, medical experts questioned the move.
Sebelius' decision is "medically inexplicable," said Dr. Robert Block of the American Academy of Pediatrics.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Morning-after pills were set to hit drug store shelves this month as the FDA was preparing to lift an age limit on the Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive, allowing it to be purchased over-the-counter.
But Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stepped in Wednesday and put the kibosh on that plan.Continue »
(CBS) Is there a cure for cancer? Not yet, but an eye-opening new study suggests that it can be prevented by simple lifestyle changes. These changes may ward off cancers for every 4 out of 10 people.
"Many people believe cancer is down to fate or 'in the genes' and that it is the luck of the draw whether they get it," study author Professor Max Parkin, a Cancer Research UK epidemiologist based at Queen Mary, University of London, said in a written statement. "Looking at all the evidence, it's clear that around 40 percent of all cancers are caused by things we mostly have the power to change."Continue »
(CBS) Many companies and organizations are getting into the holiday spirit this time of year, but one British charity's Christmas campaign has critics crying foul.
The advertisement from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) shows a set of Christmas lights which spell out the word "sex," then asks the question "Getting 'turned on' this Christmas?"
The controversy? BPAS is advertising its service that gives away free morning-after pills over the phone, so women can stock up for the holiday season, the Daily Mail reported.Continue »