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Medicine notes

January 27th, 2004 · No Comments

  • I’ll try not to complain the next time the girls get sick: Jacob links to a study that discovered Early common infections may play a protective role in the aetiology of childhood leukaemia. Also of note – children of 4 or below in the birth order was associated with increased risk, while asthma seemed to have a lower associated risk. Makes sense that day care would be correlated with lower risk (more infections!) but no protective effect came from breastfeeding. Stronger association came with gastro-intestinal infections – yum!
  • At one point in time I think I got one of those emails, an urban legend of sorts, describing deodorant usage in women as a cause of breast cancer. New Scientist has posted a couple studies about this recently. Yesterday I saw an American one: Deodorants plus shaving linked to breast cancer Not sure if it’s worth much meditation – I’ve already changed to using different products a while ago..

    Those who shaved at least three times a week and applied deodorant at least twice a week were almost 15 years younger when diagnosed than women who did neither (European Journal of Cancer Prevention, vol 12, p 479).

    Neither shaving nor deodorant use alone was linked with a younger age of diagnosis. McGrath suspects the aluminium compounds found in many products might be to blame.

    But Mirick says McGrath’s study has major limitations. The most serious is the absence of a control group without breast cancer, she says. That means there could be a simple explanation for the findings: younger women use antiperspirant and shave more often than older women.

  • Yesterday Enoch discussed prenatal testing. I have heard at least three stories about false AFP tests, and all the anxiety that comes with them. One summer that I was in college I lived with a couple who were expecting – and who falsely tested high for AFP. Seeing what they experienced – and all the stress! – was enough to make me doubt the accuracy for my own family. I think for my first child my ob/gyn convinced me that it would be wise to take the tests, in case we needed a specialist. Also too I think that it is different in CA than WA with the prenatal panels. But I passed on #2 and #3. Why bother? As Enoch writes If we were to have a baby with Downs or other problem, we’d love them just the same.
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