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12/1/04

HealthWise at 5 From 12.1

  • Pesticide Cancer

Researchers have made a link between a common pesticide and an increased risk of lung cancer. Chlorpyrifos was used in many home and garden pesticides until it was banned four years ago. But, it is still used in some agricultural products. The study followed 90,000 people, including farmers and their wives, and it found those with the highest levels of exposure to chlorpyrifos had more than twice the risk of lung cancer compared to those who were not exposed to the chemical. The study is published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

  • Osteoporosis Breast Cancer

A medicine that is used to make a woman's bones stronger may also cut the risk of breast cancer in half. Researchers have found that women with osteoporosis who took the drug Evista, sold as Raloxifene, for four years reduced their risk of breast cancer up to 72%. Raloxifene works by blocking estrogen receptors in the body and since some forms of breast cancer need estrogen to grow a side effect of the drug appears to be breast cancer prevention. Right now, Evista is only FDA approved for the treatment of osteoporosis. The study is published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

  • Flumist

The flu shot is hard to find this season. Turns out, Flumist, the nasal spray, was also in short supply because of the unexpected demand. But if you were turned away for the Flumist inhalant earlier this season, you can try again now because all United Pharmacies are getting a huge shipment of Flumist. The Flumist inhalant vaccine will be available for $25, but only to those between the ages of 5 and 49.

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