Deodorant, Breast Cancer Rumor
Every now and then, you may get one of those mass distributed e-mails that talks about a connection between deodorant use and breast cancer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Scientists at the National Cancer Institute are not aware of any research to support a link between the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer.” The CDC goes on to explain that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates deodorants and antiperspirants, also has no evidence that supports this false claim.
The next time you get one of those alarmist e-mails, you can rest assured that it’s just that same old urban legend making the rounds once again.
If you are concerned about your risk of breast cancer, be sure to talk to your doctor.
Source: The Centers for Disease control and Prevention, October 2002.
New Warning about Bextra
If you’ve been taking the medication Bextra, which is prescribed to treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and menstrual pain, you should know that there’s a new warning about the drug.
There have been reports of severe skin reactions. The cases are rare, but some required hospitalization. Additionally, people who are allergic to sulfa should not take Bextra. If you notice a rash after taking Bextra, stop taking it immediately and call your doctor.
Source: Food and Drug Administration, October 2002.
It would be cool to think there’s a pill you could take to make a hangover go away.
Unfortunately, there’s not.
Obviously, the best thing for a hangover is not to get one in the first place. If you do drink too much alcohol on occasion, it’s a good idea to drink plenty of water too. That can help keep you from getting dehydrated.
Bourbon, rum and cognac can produce especially bad hangovers because they contain a lot of toxins.
Source: A. Weil, Eating Well for Optimum Health. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 2000.
Treating Cold-Weather Asthma
Cold weather can trigger asthma attacks, even among people who don’t usually have asthma. And if you tend to experience exercise-induced asthma, you should know that cold weather seems to trigger asthma attacks even more.
Some people don’t even realize they’re having an asthma attack when they’re exercising. They may think they’re just short of breath and out of shape. If you recognize yourself here, talk to your doctor to find out what’s causing your shortness of breath.
If you do have exercise-induced asthma, talk with your doctor about things you can do to reduce your risk of having an attack. Many people find that using an inhaler just before exercising is effective.
Whatever you do, don’t let asthma keep you from exercising.
Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease., October 2002.
Plenty of Flu Shots Available
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no shortage of flu shots this season. The CDC would like to see more senior citizens getting vaccinated for the flu and also for pneumonia. The flu kills 18,000 senior citizens each year, and pneumonia takes the lives of 3,400 seniors annually.
Ask your doctor whether the flu and pneumonia shots are a good option for you.