Saturday, January 14, 2006

Women's Health Research Year in Review

A recent issue of Annals of Internal Medicine includes the article "Update in Women's Health,[143(11): 823-829]" which reviews the 2005 research articles most relevant to internal medicine. The findings, as summarized by the authors and with links to information relevant to the terms used throughout, were:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Was More Sensitive than Ultrasound, Mammography, or Clinical Breast Examination for Detecting Breast Cancer in BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutation Carriers
    [JAMA. 2004;292(11):1317-25]

  • Exemestane Therapy after 2 to 3 Years of Tamoxifen Therapy Improved Survival Compared with 5 Years of Tamoxifen Therapy Alone
    [N Engl J Med. 2004;350(11):1081-92]

  • Ovarian Cancer Should Be Considered in Women with Increased Abdominal Size, Bloating, Urinary Urgency, and Pelvic Pain
    [JAMA. 2004;291(22):2705-12]

  • Physicians Frequently Perform Unnecessary Papanicolaou Tests in Women Who Have Undergone Hysterectomy
    [JAMA. 2004;291(24):2990-3]

  • New Guidelines for Heart Disease Prevention in Women [Circulation. 2004;109(5):672-93]

  • Conjugated Equine Estrogen Was Not Effective for Chronic Disease Prevention
    [JAMA. 2004;291(14):1701-12]

  • Soy Did Not Improve Cognitive Function, Bone Mineral Density, or Serum Lipid Profiles in Postmenopausal Women
    [JAMA. 2004;292(1):65-74]

  • Alendronate Therapy Is Safe To Use over a 10-Year Period
    [N Engl J Med. 2004;350(12):1189-99]

  • Long-Term Weekly Fluconazole Suppresses but Does Not Cure Recurrent Vulvovaginal Candidiasis
    [N Engl J Med. 2004;351(9):876-83]

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    MeSH Tags: Alendronate; Breast Neoplasms; Candidiasis, Vulvovaginal; Estrogens, Conjugated; Fluconazole; Genes, BRCA1; Genes, BRCA2; Heart Diseases; Hysterectomy; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Menopause; Ovarian Neoplasms; Soy Foods; Vaginal Smears
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