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How to avoid hormone disrupting chemicals 

“The evidence for adverse reproductive outcomes (infertility, cancers, malformations) from exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals is strong, and there is mounting evidence for effects on other endocrine systems, including thyroid, neuroendocrine, obesity and...

Test Measures Women’s Cancer Recurrence Risk After Hormone Therapy

If doctors knew a woman’s risk of late distant recurrence, they could recommend extended hormonal therapy only for women who would benefit from it. CTS5 was able to accurately separate the women into groups of low, intermediate, or high risk of late distant recurrence after 5 years of hormonal therapy. The tool found 42% of the women had low late distant recurrence risk, so the risks of extended hormonal therapy outweighed the benefits for these women.

The problem with all the plastic that’s leaching into your food

Most of our food containers — from bottles to the linings in aluminum cans to plastic wraps and salad bins — are made using polycarbonate plastics, some of which have bioactive chemicals, like bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates. These man-made chemicals can leach from the containers or wrappings into the food and drinks they’re holding — especially when they’re heated. Research released earlier this year found that more than 90 percent of bottled water from the world’s leading brands was contaminated with microplastics, sparking a review of plastics in drinking water by the World Health Organization.

Low Muscle Mass and Breast Cancer Survival 

In one of the largest investigations of its kind conducted to date, researchers found that one-third of the women included in the study had low levels of skeletal muscle mass—a condition known as sarcopenia—at the time of their diagnosis. And having low levels of muscle mass was associated with a higher risk of dying compared with women who had adequate muscle mass, the researchers reported April 5 in JAMA Oncology.

What is the Smart Body Mass Index?

The SBMI calculator functions on the basis of the newly developed Smart Body Mass Index. The SBMI differs from the BMI in three important aspects. Firstly, it takes age and sex into account, besides weight and height. Secondly, the SBMI is a purely comparative figure...

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