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7/2/02

HealthWise at 5 From 7.2

  • Pill and Cancer

Have you heard the latest about the pill? Researchers at study 9,200 women between the ages of 35 and 64, half with breast cancer. The other half did not have breast cancer and they discovered that those women who took birth control pills, no matter how long or in what dosage did not have any higher risk of getting breast cancer. In fact, the study determined there are also other benefits to taking the pill. For one, a decreased risk of ovarian cancer and a decreased risk of cancer of the lining of the uterus. For years doctors have heard patients say they are afraid to take birth control pills because of a possible link to breast cancer. But now, many are hoping this new study in the New England Journal of Medicine will at least put women at ease about using that contraceptive.

  • Stopping the Itch of Bug Bites

The itch of a bug bite or rash can be hard to ignore, but too much scratching can cause more irritation or an infection. Now the solution may be right in your freezer. From the Post Graduate Medicine Text, comes this advice. Use an ice cube. The cold helps relieve the itch and the ice causes little or no friction on the skin, so you do not have to worry about an open sore and infection. So next time kids can not keep their scratchers off an itchy bug bite, hand them an ice cube.

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