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Chinese researchers recently conducted an extensive, comprehensive review of 26 studies, concluding that the more omega-3 fatty acids from fish that a woman consumes, the lower her risk for breast cancer plummets. The studies involved a total of 880,000 adult women from countries across the world, 20,000 of whom were diagnosed with breast cancer. Overall, the researchers found that women in the studies who consumed the greatest amounts of omega-3s from fish were about 14% less at risk for developing breast cancer than women who consumed the least.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of home births in the U.S. increased by 29 percent from 2004 to 2009, going from 0.56 to 0.72 percent of births. But is it safe to have your baby at home? According to a new study from the Netherlands, it may actually be safer than having your baby at a hospital – but not by much, and only if you have what’s considered a low-risk pregnancy. The study looked at women who had already had one baby and had minimal complication risks in their current pregnancy. Among these women, about 1 in 1,000 had severe complications when giving birth at home. Meanwhile, about 2.3 in 1,000 had severe complications when giving birth at a hospital. Examples of severe complications include requiring a transfer to the ICU (intensive care unit) or a significant blood transfusion.
A new study conducted by the University of Copenhagen in Denmark indicates that false positive mammograms can inflict lasting psychological damage on women, even when women later find that they actually don’t have breast cancer. In terms of values, calmness and other identifiers of mental well-being, women in the trial who were given a false alarm following a mammogram scored about the same six months after the mammogram as women who indeed had cancer. The researchers say their study is evidence that false positive mammograms are anything but harmless, even when women receive positive news eventually. According to the American Cancer Society, around 232,570 invasive cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. It is the most common form of cancer in women.
Women with breast cancer can increase their chances of survival by avoiding high-fat dairy foods, according to a recent breast cancer dairy study by researchers at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, California. About 12% of the women with breast cancer in the study who consumed at least one daily serving of high-fat dairy died over the course of the 12-year study. In comparison, less than 1% of the women who only consumed under half a serving of high-fat dairy daily died from their cancer. The researchers believe that this is due to the high levels of estrogen found in high-fat dairy products. Avoiding dairy might be a worthwhile strategy, as the American Cancer Society predicts that 40,000 women will die because of their breast cancer in 2014. Over 200,000 women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis next years as well.
If you’re pregnant or if you plan on becoming pregnant, it may be wise to achieve a healthier body weight. According to a new study conducted by the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, obese mothers are more likely to have a stroke or heart attack during labor. Specifically, the study found that four or five years after childbirth, obese moms have double the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke in comparison to mothers of a normal body weight. All of the women involved in the study were approximately 30 years old. The researchers were careful to account for factors such as pregnancy complications and smoking habits when coming to their conclusions. According to a professor from the University of Southern California, around 1 in every 16,000 pregnant women will suffer from a heart attack during the actual pregnancy term.
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