sharing news of her preventative mastectomy in May has led, without a doubt, to raised awareness of genetic testing and breast-cancer risks. But experts worry that its storm of media coverage has had an unintended effect, too.
“I think, oftentimes, those stories oversimplify the matter,” Rebecca Nagy, president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, told Yahoo Shine. For example, she said, women who learn of Jolie’s story might rush in for genetic testing even though they are not at risk—while others, fearing that a mastectomy would be the only option if they should test positive for genetic mutations, might become frightened, and avoid it at all costs.
Nagy spoke with Yahoo Shine about who should and who should not get tested for the gene mutations in question, and why. She also took us through the various decisions that a woman will face throughout the process.
First, let’s get straight what the test is: It’s a genetic analysis, taken through a blood, spit or
sharing news of her preventative mastectomy in May has led, without a doubt, to raised awareness of genetic testing and breast-cancer risks. But experts worry that its storm of media coverage has had an unintended effect, too.Angelina Jolie Read More »from Should You Get Tested for the Breast Cancer Gene?
What is your pee trying to tell you?You know that you've had your share of water/beer/coffee by the frequency in which you need to use the bathroom, but what else can pee tell you about your health and habits? A lot, it turns out. We asked R. Mark Ellerkmann, M.D., director for the Center of Urogynecology at the Weinberg Center for Women's Health and Medicine in Baltimore, MD, for some of the specific health and lifestyle issues your urine's odor, color, and frequency can indicate.
1. You're Pregnant.
The reason you have to pee on a stick after your first missed period is that shortly after conception (when a fertilized egg implants into the lining of the uterus), the fetus begins to secrete the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, which is what is detected by home pregnancy tests, Dr. Ellerkmann says. Some women also notice a strong, pungent odor early on, even before they're aware they're pregnant.
Once you've got a baby on board, running to the bathroom constantly is just one of the pesky parts of pregnancy,Read More »from 6 Things Your Pee is Trying to Tell You
Why does your head hurt?Pounding, throbbing, stabbing, aching - welcome to the world of headaches, an ailment that affects more than 45 million Americans each year.Read More »from 43 Surprising Headache Triggers
Humans have been suffering from the malady for millennia. Recorded depictions date back to at least 4000 B.C. in Mesopotamia, where it was thought that Tiu, the evil spirit of headaches, was to blame. The shenanigans of evil spirits were assumed to be the cause of headaches throughout many cultures, and gave rise to trephination - a procedure in which a small circular portion of the skull was removed, creating egress for the pain-triggering spirits.
Given how agonizing a headache can be, rowdy evil spirits wreaking havoc doesn't seem all that much of a stretch. Fortunately we know better now, and in most cultures no longer rely on holes drilled in the head for relief. But if not evil sprits, what does cause the pain?
There are many catalysts that can create the ache, and medical literature has complied a lengthy compendium of causes. Culled
- In India, 40,000 medical students graduate every year. However, in order to gain specialization before employment, they must compete for a mere 12,000 available post-graduate seats. This means that instead of going out into the field and meeting the huge dearth of healthcare professionals required in the country, a large chunk of graduates stay at home for a year or more to meet the stiff competition at entrance exams. They are unable to earn or provide desperately-needed medical services in the country, and depend on their parents to sustain them through their period of unemployment. A substantial proportion of these students also move out of the country to obtain specialization, contributing to the 'brain drain' of medical resources in India.
"Since huge numbers of doctors are studying at home, there is severe shortage of specialists in India. No other course takes so long to establish which includes studies, training plus waiting time. So the only solution is to increase the PG Read More »from Save the Doctor
Photo: ThinkstockBy Oprah.comRead More »from 5 Great Workouts You Can Do While Watching TV
The Routine That Makes You Appreciate Your Favorite Sitcom Even More You can use a character's predictability to remind you to keep you moving--sort of like a college drinking game, but with squats instead of shots. Love New Girl? Try this circuit workout from Mike Donavanik, a Los Angeles-based personal trainer and the creator of the Extreme Burn DVD series. Every time Schmidt says something offensively lame, use that as a cue to do one exercise for one minute. Donavanik recommends alternating upper and lower body moves: Start with push-ups, then squats, then tricep dips, then lunges. Finish with crunches. Keep cycling through these five exercises for the entire 30-minute show.
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Strengthen Your Arms Without Ever Leaving the Couch
Tricep dips tone the muscles on the backside of your upper arms, Donavanik says, and the only piece of equipment you need is a sturdy piece of furniture. Position your hands on the
In a new and radical form of treatment, doctors gave a six-year-old girl dying of leukemia, a form of the HIV/AIDS virus to help her body fight the cancer cells.When all conventional forms of treatment were exhausted, Emma Whitehead, 6, was entered into a clinical trial where she was injected with a disabled form of the HIV virus to reprogram her immune system and genetically kill cancer cells.
Fire with Fire
The result, as seen in the video, exceeded all expectations. Emma is now in remission and her progress is being tracked everyday.
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By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29
.We've all encountered cancer in some way: Whether we've lost a loved one or have battled it ourselves, the big C looms all around us. And, sometimes it feels like the media loves to capitalize on our fear - hardly a week goes by without the news telling us about part of our daily routine that might be slowly be killing us. Between the media constantly hyping cancer scares and the reality of so many people in our lives actually facing cancer, it's getting increasingly more difficult to have perspective on what should realistically concern us.
So, to find out more about the current buzzy cancer scares, we caught up with some experts to separate the facts from the fiction. Read on to peek behind the curtain of three cancer scares - this is need-to-know stuff.
Oral Sex, HPV, and Throat CancerRead More »from 3 Cancer Scares that You Need to Know About - NOW
By now, we've all heard about Michael Douglas blaming his throat cancer on cunnilingus. We love safe sex, and think the more it's discussed, the better, but
Peter Tak/Fitness MagazineBy Alexa Joy ShermanRead More »from 6 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight
Food journal? Check. Regular workouts? Yes, indeed. Enough fiber to keep an entire army regular? You got it. I know how to lose weight. I've been writing about the topic for more than a decade. That's why it was so frustrating when the pounds clung to me like a codependent boyfriend, no matter how hard I tried. A lot of women have this problem, the experts tell me. "Body weight can fluctuate by up to five pounds on any given day, so the amount you shed can easily get lost," says Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, the author of Why You Can't Lose Weight. I combed through research and grilled diet gurus to pinpoint little-known reasons that your efforts -- and mine -- haven't been showing up on the scale. Who knew?
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You Don't Drink Enough Water
We've all heard how important H2O is when it comes to shedding pounds. It helps to suppress appetite, so you're less likely to overeat. But that's not all: When you're dehydrated, your
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Learn which tips to dismiss so you can really live longerBy Anne Roderique-JonesRead More »from 9 Tips for a Longer Life that You Shouldn’t Be Following
Extend Your Life
"Stop drinking coffee and alcohol." "Take an aspirin daily." How many times have you heard that advice for adding years to your life? Turns out, lots of long-held wisdom just isn't true. Read on to see which suggestions you should ignore and what actually ups longevity. Photo by Getty Images.
1. Lay off the java.
You've probably read that multiple cups of coffee a day can be bad for you (jitter city), but research published in the New England Journal of Medicine may prove the opposite. Male and female participants who had two or three cups a day and didn't smoke were 10% and 13% less likely, respectively, to have died during the 14-year-long study than those who never or rarely drank coffee. Men and women who drank a single daily cup were 6% and 5% less likely, respectively, to pass away. According to the researchers, more cups mean a lower risk of stroke, diabetes and heart and respiratory disease. But watch the cream and sugar-extra fat and
Godrej Nature’s Basket launched a new health section, ‘Healthy Alternatives’ earlier this week at their flagship store in Bandra. Offering a range of health foods that are heart-healthy, diabetic-friendly and immunity-boosting, Nature’s Basket teamed up with renowned nutritionist, Dr. Anjali Mukerjee for the launch. Speaking on the theme of ‘You are what you eat,’ Dr. Mukherjee shared her insights into maintaining a healthy lifestyle in today’s zippy daily routines. We seized the opportunity to chat with her and share some of her earthy good sense and wisdom with our readers.Read More »from Nature's Basket launches Healthy Alternatives
“We at Health Total, in partnership with GNB, are very proud of the people who make concerted efforts to be healthy in a degenerating urban environment. GNB is bringing them a range of health foods that help fight disease, foods to detox, plan weight management, and much more. This range of functional foods (that is, foods with healthy properties) will be available at the Healthy Alternatives section at Nature’s
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