A new study finds a drug used after standard therapy with Tamoxifen can decrease the chances that breast cancer will come back again. Researchers studied 5,100 post-menopausal women with early stage breast cancer who had taken the drug Tamoxifen for five years. Half were also given the drug Letrozole while the other half took a placebo. Turns out the women who took the Letrozole had half the rate of cancer recurrence compared to women in the placebo group. Researchers were so impressed with the results so far that they've stopped the study early to spread the news to women who might benefit.
The study is scheduled to be published soon in the New England Journal of Medicine. This study was led by researchers at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. While these early results are promising, cancer experts say its important to note that because the study was stopped early, it's not known if Letrozole increases survival rates. There are also concerns about side effects, women on Letrozole had higher rates of Osteoporosis, Arthritis, hot flashes and muscle and bone pain. Some of the questions will be answered by similar trials underway, for now, researchers note, it will be important for women who are considering the treatment to sort out the risks and benefits with their doctor.
Parents beware - new research is shedding light on the dangers of putting babies to sleep some place other than a crib or bassinet. The study in the Journal Pediatrics finds babies who sleep in adult beds have a 40 times higher risk of suffocation compared to babies who sleep in cribs. Researchers reviewed 20 years of infant death reports blamed on accidental suffocation. They found that even though the number of SIDs cases, or unexplained deaths, dropped from the eighties to the nineties, the number of babies suffocating to death is on the increase.
Experts say the findings are a 'wake up call' to parents who put their babies in adult beds or on big chairs or sofas to sleep. This study was conducted by researchers at St. Louis University School of Medicine using data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. It is published in the October issue of the Journal Pediatrics.
What does the weekend mean to you? Saturday and Sunday? Or does Friday make it a three-day celebration? A study at the University of North Carolina finds that when it comes to America's waistline, the weekends are fattening us up for three days instead of two, that the added calories we get from alcohol and fat on Friday are enough to pack on more than five pounds a year.