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California insurer won’t pay for breast cancer drug

(Reuters) – Health insurer Blue Shield of California has decided not to pay for Roche Holding’s drug Avastin to treat breast cancer after health advisers said it was not safe or clinically beneficial. Blue Shield of California, an insure with around 3.3 million members, said in a notice posted on…

Former US First Lady Betty Ford dies, aged 93

Former US First Lady Betty Ford died at the age of 93, drawing tributes for her inspiring role notably in helping treat drug and alcohol addicts at her California-based health center. The widow of president Gerald Ford, who died in 2006, was also hailed for campaigning for breast cancer awareness…

Woman sprays police with breast milk

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A lactating U.S. woman was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after she sprayed sheriff’s deputies with breast milk as they tried to remove her from a vehicle, police said on Monday. Ohio-resident Stephanie Robinette, 30, was arrested and charged with domestic violence and assault linked to…

FDA: Silicone breast implants ‘mostly safe’

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a 63-page report concluding that silicone breast implants are mostly safe in spite of a higher incidence of complications than saline implants, including leakage, infections, and a slightly elevated risk of a specific type of lymphoma. The report tracks two long-term studies,…

Argentine lab clones cow to produce human-like breast milk

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) – An Argentine laboratory announced that it had created the world’s first transgenic cow, using human genes that will allow the animal to produce the equivalent of mothers’ milk. “The cloned cow, named Rosita ISA, is the first bovine born in the world that incorporates human genes…

Progress in fight against ovarian and breast cancer

CHICAGO (AFP) – Significant progress is being made in the prevention and treatment of ovarian and breast cancer, according to findings discussed at a global oncology conference. “The studies presented at this meeting show impressive progress in disease control and prevention of breast cancer,” said Dr. Andrew Seidman, professor of…

Estrogen blocker cuts breast cancer risk 65%: study

CHICAGO (AFP) – An anti-estrogen drug has shown a “promising” 65-percent reduction of breast cancer risk among post-menopausal women, according to the findings of a study released Saturday. The research could lead to a breakthrough for women who are at increased risk of developing breast cancer, which strikes some 1.3…

Yoga helps breast cancer patients: study

WASHINGTON — Breast cancer patients who practice yoga experience lower stress and improved quality of life compared to counterparts who do stretching exercises, a US study indicated. Researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center studied 163 women with an average age of 52 who were undergoing radiation…

Hundreds protest bid to gut Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON – A mother battling breast cancer, celebrities and lawmakers joined a rally in Washington Thursday to plead with US lawmakers not to cut funding for women’s reproductive health programs from the 2011 budget. “Over the past few years I’ve been battling stage three breast cancer, but this is not…

Lady Gaga eyes lawsuit over ‘Baby Gaga’ breast milk ice cream

LONDON (AFP) – Lawyers for US pop icon Lady Gaga have threatened legal proceedings against the makers of breast milk ice cream named “Baby Gaga”, according to papers seen by AFP on Saturday. The New York singer’s lawyers have given the manufacturers until 1600 GMT Wednesday to change the name…

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