Two New Genetic Mutations May Explain Early Menopause And Infertility
Researchers at Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) have identified two new genetic mutations that could improve the scientific community’s understanding of premature ovarian failure, one of several causes of infertility. The research was recently published online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation and the American Journal of Human Genetics. The mutations were found in genes that repair damaged DNA in the cells of the ovary that eventually become egg cells. The researchers hope that this new information could guide options in treating the condition. Premature ovarian failure causes a woman’s ovaries to stop functioning before 40 years of age, leading to early menopause.
1 In 5 Women Who Receive a Hysterectomy May Not Have Needed It
The University of Michigan recently published a study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology illustrating that 1 in 5 of nearly 3,400 Michigan women who underwent a hysterectomy may not have needed it. The problem, according to researchers, is that alternatives to hysterectomy are often not shared with women who are experiencing non-cancerous gynecological issues. The findings mirror statistics across the U.S. estimating that 1 in 3 women will receive a hysterectomy before age 60.
Holding The Breath During Radiation Treatment May Reduce Radiation Exposure To The Heart In Women With Breast Cancer
Practical Radiation Oncology recently published a study stating that a woman who holds her breath during radiation pulses may reduce radiation exposure to the heart. Women who have breast cancer on their left side are particularly interesting to radiation oncologists due to their high risk of heart disease. Radiologists have found that it is difficult to ensure that a sufficient dose of radiation is delivered to the left breast while simultaneously protecting the heart from overexposure to radiation. Holding the breath during radiation pulses may help to shield the heart while treating the left breast.
Research Shows That Exercise Can Keep The Body Young
A new study by King’s College London and the University of Birmingham published in The Journal of Physiology finds that exercise can slow down the aging process. Past research has shown that many undesirable physical and cellular changes occur as we get older. However scientists have not been able to pinpoint whether it is a result of the passage of time or lifestyle. Researchers plan on doing more studies that will help the public to better understand the effects of aging on the human body.