- Menopausal women who dumped hormone replacement therapy in droves after they learned it raised the risk of breast cancer and might raise the risk of stroke. A study shows that women who took HRT 18 years ago are no more likely to die of anything than women who did not.
- The Vermont Department of Mental Health has been awarded a $9.9 million federal grant. Officials said that the grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will fund a family centered health care project’s comprehensive approach to health, including mental, emotional and physical health for children and families.
- Raw milk has been linked to lower rates of allergy and asthma. That being said, it can also harbor deadly bacteria. The CDC warn against consuming raw milk because it can contain bacteria that have the potential to cause serious illness and death.
News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 17th of September 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News
Menopausal women who dumped hormone replacement therapy in droves after they learned it raised the risk of breast cancer and might raise the risk of stroke. A study shows that women who took HRT eighteen years ago are no more likely to die of anything than women who did not. “I think we can provide reassuring evidence that hormonal therapy is not going to kill you,” said Doctor JoAnn Manson of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, who led the study. Women are no longer told to take HRT to prevent heart disease or to keep their bones strong. Now they’re told it’s an option to reduce the symptoms of menopause, such as sleeplessness and hot flashes.
Hormone replacement therapy once was standard for women going through menopause. The idea was that giving women back the estrogen their bodies were no longer producing would protect them against heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis. Less importantly to doctors, it also relieved the hot flashes, sleeplessness and other life-altering symptoms of menopause. Then a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative showed that in fact, HRT raised the risk of cancer, especially breast cancer and didn’t lower the risk of heart disease. Almost overnight, millions of women stopped taking it. In two thousand one, seventeen point nine million U.S. women took at least one HRT drug. By two thousand eight, that plummeted to five point eight million, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Doctors have found that younger women who are just entering menopause are not in as much danger of harmful side-effects as older women long past menopause. About twenty seven percent of women died over that time: twenty seven point one percent of the women who took HRT, and twenty seven point six percent of the women who did not.
The Vermont Department of Mental Health has been awarded a nine point nine million dollar federal grant. Officials said Wednesday that the grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will fund a family centered health care project’s comprehensive approach to health, including mental, emotional and physical health for children and families.
The funding will be dispersed over five years. It will be used to start the project for children and families in Windham and Windsor counties at Health Care and Rehabilitative Services and Springfield Medical Care Systems. It also will be used in Franklin and Grand Isle counties at Northwest Counseling and Support Services and Northern Tier Center for Health.
The department expects the grant to fund other regions in the second year.
Raw milk has been linked to lower rates of allergy and asthma. That being said, it can also harbor deadly bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warn against consuming raw milk because it can contain bacteria that have the potential to cause serious illness and death. Pasteurization, which is the process of heating milk to kill bacteria, is the only way to ensure that milk is safe to drink. Yet scientific studies link raw milk consumption – especially in early life – to lower levels of allergy and asthma. Georg Loss, from the University of Basel in Switzerland, and his colleagues from across Europe conducted a study in European children aged between six and twelve. They showed that allergy and asthma rates are lower in those who drank only raw milk. Children who drank some raw and some regular milk had lower allergy rates, but only if they were exposed to raw milk before the age of one or if they drank it daily. Asthma rates were not lower in these children.
Importantly, when raw milk was boiled at home – to kill bacteria – it completely canceled out these effects. Unsurprisingly, the researchers found much higher levels of bacteria in raw milk consumed by the children in this study. However, it was not possible to determine whether or not these bacterias were the factors that provided the protection. A recent study by researchers from the National Institutes of Health shows that the risk of having allergies later in life was reduced in adults in the United States who grew up in a farming environment, therefore drinking mostly raw milk. Therefore, raw milk may not have been the only factor that contributed to the reduced rates of allergy in this study population. There are fifty million people in the US suffering from allergies and nearly twenty five million from asthma, The CDC are clear in their recommendation. They say, “If you want to keep milk in your family’s diet, protect them by not giving them raw milk. “Drinking raw milk is a personal choice, and for those undecided about raw milk, it may be worth watching this space and waiting for a safe alternative.