Prep school sex abuse cases lead to victim therapy funds

An elite New Hampshire prep school’s decision to pay for therapy for sexually abused alumni mirrors an increasingly successful approach taken by other schools
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Personalized ‘deep learning’ equips robots for autism therapy

Researchers have now developed a type of personalized machine learning that helps robots estimate the engagement and interest of each child during these interactions, using data that are unique to that child. Armed with this personalized ‘deep learning’ network, the robots’ perception of the children’s responses agreed with assessments by human experts, with a correlation score of 60 percent.
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Kaiser Permanente Cancer Patients Engage in Art Therapy at Oncology on Canvas Event

HONOLULU — Cancer patients, families, survivors and medical staff gathered at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center today for Oncology on Canvas, an annual event funded by the Oncology Nursing Society Hawaii Chapter. Participants of all ages had the opportunity to draw, paint and write about their journeys, from diagnosis to treatment and healing. Attendees also connected with a network of other oncology patients, families and staff to discuss shared experiences and inspire others going through similar journeys.

“Bringing together patients, former patients and families helps build a support system and community for our members whose lives have been touched by cancer,” said Donna Gabriel, manager of cardiology and oncology at Moanalua Medical Center. “Creative expression is a unique and powerful way to process the difficulties of diagnosis and treatment and connect with other patients going through similar experiences.”

Originally modeled after the international Lilly Oncology on Canvas biennial art competition, Oncology on Canvas was brought to the islands by the Oncology Nursing Society in 2007, allowing patients and their families to share stories and support each other through art therapy. Art created from the event will be displayed in the oncology department at Moanalua Medical Center.


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Therapy for Black Girls: Meet the Woman on a Mission To Reduce Mental Health Stigma

After watching the first Black Girls Rock awards show Joy Harden Bradford, Ph.D. was inspired to create Therapy for Black Girls, a platform encouraging the mental wellness of black women and girls. Over the years, Dr. Joy has expanded the platform from a blog to a podcast with listeners in 158 different countries, a Facebook group called the “Thrive Tribe” with over 13,000 women and a therapist directory which has grown to over 700 therapists in less than a year. “My work has always been heavily focused on black women and girls,” says Dr. Joy. I think too often we’re so busy taking care of other people that we aren’t always paying attention to what’s going on with us. I wanted a platform that helped sisters put the focus back on themselves.”

We caught up with Dr. Joy to get some insight on self-care, the stigma of mental health in the black community, and cliché phrases to avoid when trying to help a depressed loved one.

What are the stigmas that often hold people of color back from therapy and what services or programs do you offer to combat these stigmas?

I believe that many people of color have been socialized to believe that talking about private matters should only happen within the confines of the family (the whole idea of airing dirty laundry so to speak). Also, many people still don’t know how therapy works or believe that only “crazy” people need therapy. There are also many people who still view mental illness and needing to go to therapy as a sign of a weak faith relationship, which, of course, is not the case.

The Therapy for Black Girls podcast is helping to reduce that stigma. The podcast episodes are designed to help people get an idea of the millions of different reasons someone might benefit from therapy. Listeners are also exposed to a variety of therapists that are guests on the show. This format helps them to realize that we all have different personalities and work differently so there is likely a therapist out there that’s a great fit for everyone. I also do live video chats on both Instagram & Facebook at 12 noon ET every Thursday. I call it Three for Thursday and I share three tips about a topic and then open the floor for general questions. I think it’s a great opportunity for people to get accurate information about mental health and to dispel any myths they may have about how therapy works, etc.

To date, what are your top three episodes? 

  1. Self-Worth 
  2. Slaying Your Anxiety 
  3. This Isn’t What I Imagined 

When it comes to mental health, what is the one thing that you think women overlook in maintaining self-care?

Boundaries! I think far too many of us don’t say NO enough. No to that extra task at work, no to that friend who never shows up for us, no to that ex who keeps trying to come back into our lives, etc. I don’t think we always realize the cumulative impact that taking on other people’s stuff can have on our mental health.

What cliché phrases should we avoid when trying to help a depressed loved one?

  • Just pray about it.
  • Your life is so good, what do you have to be depressed about?
  • Life is hard for everyone, toughen up.

While people may be well-intentioned when trying to help a loved one, these sentiments typically only make people feel like you don’t understand them and that you’re not someone they can go to in the future. A nice alternative for this would be something like “I’m sorry to hear that you’re struggling. Do you want to talk more about how you’re feeling?”

What do you believe people can do to reduce the stigma of depression and anxiety?

I think sharing more openly about our own struggles and experiences with therapy helps. I also think we have to be careful with our language. It’s important to remove stigmatizing language from our vocabulary, so saying things like “she’s so crazy” or “this gives me OCD” is something to avoid.

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Vitamin D Therapy Benefits

Enhanced activation of Vitamin D by protecting beta cells may be a potential new approach for treating diabetes as well as other diseases, including cancer, researchers have suggested.

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Enhanced activation of Vitamin D by protecting beta cells may be a potential new approach for treating diabetes as well as other diseases, including cancer, researchers have suggested. When beta cells — the cells in the pancreas that produce, store and release the hormone insulin — become dysfunctional, the body …

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Cognitive behavioral therapy can improve emotion regulation in children with autism

New research shows cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help children with autism manage not only anxiety but other emotional challenges, such as sadness and anger. The study shows CBT can lead to significant improvements in children’s emotional regulation. It also shows — for the first time — that CBT can improve more than just anxiety. This is the first transdiagnostic CBT trial for children with autism, employing a randomized controlled trial.
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Washington State Bans Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors

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On Wednesday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill banning youth “conversion therapy,” according to HuffPost. The new law stops licensed healthcare practitioners from performing the therapy on individuals under the age of 18.

Conversion therapy is the practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Many members of the LGBTQ community find the method to be grossly abusive and many who have forms of the therapy say it is harmful and lacks scientific backing.

In a statement Washington state Sen. Marko Liias upheld the idea of inclusion and acceptance. “Banning conversion therapy sends a loud and unequivocal message to LGBTQ youth: there is nothing wrong with you,” the openly gay lawmaker who sponsored the bill said.

He continued “As a community, we love and support every person and we celebrate the diversity that makes us stronger. I am proud that Washington is standing up for our queer youth and I look forward to the day that these monstrous practices are illegal in every state.”

In earlier years conversion therapy consisted of such techniques as castration and electroconvulsive shock therapy. Today the treatments are less physically damaging and include mainly cognitive and psychoanalytic methods. But the methods are still regarded as harmful to minors as there is little to no scientific that someone’s sexual or gender identity can be altered. Many studies also show increased rates of suicide among LGBT youth who are forced to undergo conversion therapy by their parents or guardians.

According to The Human Rights Campaign, Washington joins the ranks of ten states and Washington D.C. to protect minors from conversion therapy.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy May Protect Memory in Menopausal Women

Hormone Replacement Therapy May Protect Memory in Menopausal Women

Source: USC University of Southern California The findings suggest that estrogen treatment after menopause protects the memory needed for short-term cognitive tasks A hormone replacement therapy may protect memory for some women, according to a new USC-led study. The findings by USC researchers are the latest to indicate that hormone replacement therapy may have some benefits, deepening…

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The findings suggest that estrogen treatment after menopause protects the memory needed for short-term cognitive tasks

A hormone replacement therapy may protect memory for some women, according to a new USC-led study.

The findings by USC researchers are the latest to indicate that hormone replacement therapy may have some benefits, deepening scientific discussions about the pros and cons of the menopausal treatment.

The researchers found that women taking estrogen-only therapy had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and performed better on tests of “working memory” following exposure to stress compared to women taking a placebo.

“Our study suggests that estrogen treatment after menopause protects the memory that is needed for short-term cognitive tasks from the effects of stress,” said Alexandra Ycaza Herrera, the study’s lead author and a researcher at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

Earlier studies have pointed to potential health risks of the treatment. A combination therapy that uses both estrogen and progesterone has been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots.

The study was published Nov. 2 in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Stress hinders recall

The researchers found that women taking estrogen-only therapy had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and performed better on tests of “working memory” following exposure to stress compared to women taking a placebo.

Working memory allows the brain to keep information immediately available for processing, such as when a shopper uses a mental grocery list to pick up items or when a student keeps specific numbers in mind as a teacher reads a word problem aloud in math class. Studies have documented that stress can impair working memory.

To measure the effect of estrogen therapy on working memory under stress, Ycaza Herrera recruited 42 women with an average age of 66 from the USC Early versus Late Intervention Trial with Estradiol led by Howard Hodis, a professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and a co-author of the study.

Half of the postmenopausal women had been on estradiol, a type of estrogen therapy, for approximately five years, while the others had received a placebo.

Each participant visited USC twice. To induce a stress response during one visit, researchers asked participants to submerge their hand in ice water for about three minutes. For the control condition conducted during the other visit, the participants submerged their hand in warm water.

Before and after each visit, the researchers collected saliva to measure the women’s levels of cortisol, estrogen, and progesterone. The researchers also ran a test of working memory called a “sentence span task,” in which the women were each given a series and then asked whether each sentence made sense. They also were asked to recall the last word of each one.

Not right for every woman
All women performed equally well on the sentence span task after the warm water condition. But after the ice bath, women taking the placebo experienced a spike in cortisol levels. They also demonstrated a decrease in working memory function.

By contrast, women receiving estrogen therapy had a smaller increase in cortisol and showed no decrease in working memory function.

“Hormone replacement therapy may not be right for every woman, but women need to be able to have the conversation with their doctors,” Ycaza Herrera said.

 

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A second patient has been treated in a historic gene editing study in California, and no major side effects or safety issues have emerged from the first man’s treatment nearly three months ago, doctors revealed Tuesday.
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Jax Taylor No More? Vanderpump Rules Star Asks to Be Called Jason in Emotional Therapy Session: “I’m Over This Person”

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Kaiser Permanente Study Finds Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Is Cost-Effective for Teens Who Decline Antidepressants

PORTLAND, Ore. — Cognitive behavioral therapy (or CBT) delivered in a primary care setting is a cost-effective way to treat adolescents with depression who decline or quickly stop using antidepressants, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Pediatrics.

This work builds upon previous research, also published in Pediatrics, showing that CBT improved time to diagnostic recovery from major depression for teenagers who received CBT in their primary care clinic. Participants who received CBT learned how to modify their behaviors, challenge their unrealistic and negative beliefs, and think more positively.

Depression is a widespread and costly health problem in the U.S., with one estimate placing the total economic burden of depression at more than $ 210 billion annually. Among adolescents, the prevalence of depression is on the rise. Antidepressant medications are the usual course of treatment for adolescents diagnosed with depression, but as many as half of families with a depressed child choose not to begin antidepressant therapy. And among those who do begin treatment, nearly half do not continue, for reasons including side effects, lack of benefit and cost.

“Untreated or undertreated depression is a serious burden for many adolescents and their families, and the impact is often felt for many years after diagnosis,” said John Dickerson, PhD, a health economist at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and lead author of the new publication. “Now we have evidence that CBT is not only clinically effective, but cost-effective as well. This is good news for patients, their families and health care systems.”

In their new analysis, the study team showed that over a two-year period, depression-related health care costs for adolescents who received CBT were about $ 5,000 less on average than depressed adolescents in the control group, who received usual care without CBT.

Researchers examined depression-related costs from a societal perspective, meaning they accounted for costs experienced by patients and their families in addition to the costs borne by the health care system. In addition to the cost of delivering the CBT intervention to patients, researchers examined the cost of mental health-related inpatient hospital stays, a wide variety of medical and mental health services, and the time that parents spent taking their children to services, among other factors.

The study, which included 212 adolescents who received care in Kaiser Permanente primary care clinics in Oregon and Washington, showed that a CBT intervention can be brief and still deliver long-term benefits in terms of cost and clinical outcomes.

“Most other studies of CBT for depressed youths that we looked at involved a much longer treatment program than the one we tested,” Dickerson explained. “We chose to test a ‘lean’ model with a smaller number of CBT sessions because such a model is more likely to be adopted by health care organizations. It’s important for health systems and families to know that a brief CBT program is likely to improve mental health outcomes for depressed adolescents who decline antidepressants, and is also likely to be cost-effective over time.”

The study was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health (R01-MH73918) and was led by Greg Clarke, PhD, of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research.

Additional authors include Frances Lynch, PhD, Michael Leo, PhD. John Pearson, MD, and Greg Clarke, PhD, from the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore.; and Lynn DeBar, PhD, from the Kaiser Permanente Health Research Institute in Seattle.

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The Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, founded in 1964, is a nonprofit research institution dedicated to advancing knowledge to improve health. It has research sites in Portland, Oregon, and Honolulu. Visit kpchr.org for more information.

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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 11.7 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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Price tag on gene therapy for rare form of blindness: $850K

WASHINGTON (AP) — A first-of-its kind genetic treatment for blindness will cost $ 850,000 per patient, making it one of the most expensive medicines in the world and raising questions about the affordability of a coming wave of similar gene-targeting therapies.
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FDA approves Luxturna gene therapy for rare form of inherited vision loss

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Gene therapy for rare form of blindness wins US approval

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials on Tuesday approved the nation’s first gene therapy for an inherited disease, a treatment that improves the sight of patients with a rare form of blindness. It marks another major advance for the emerging field of genetic medicine.
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Erykah Badu Offers ‘Soul Therapy’ Ahead Soul Train Awards

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — There’s no question that Erykah Badu is the soul hostess. On Sunday, she’ll host the Soul Train Awards on BET. But earlier this week, she was the soulful host who invited a small group of reporters to a West Hollywood hotel suite for an introductory lesson on chakras.

Badu transformed a room at Le Parc Suite Hotel into an intimate spiritual classroom Monday night for what she described as a “soul therapy” session. Illuminated by candlelight, Badu told her dozen guests about the Eastern concept of chakras — whirling energy centers that stretch from the base of the spine to the crown of the head — and how they respond to music, color and personal development.

Promotional events for awards shows are not usually like this. The show itself was never even mentioned.

Instead, the singer-songwriter engaged the group in a discussion about creativity, opened up about her heroes and revealed that she uses chakra-stimulating sounds in her music. “Baduizm,” her groundbreaking and Grammy-winning 1997 debut, is built around the vibrations of tuning forks and singing bowls, she said. She layered theremin sounds under later recordings.

“I never share any of these kinds of things, that I use tuning forks and singing bowls,” Badu said. “I didn’t know how necessary that was to tell people. And it’s kind of weird to tell people something like that. But we’re entering this age of information where people are more open to this kind of thing… so it’s a good time to share something like this.”

With bells on her ankles, a pile of medallions and crystals around her neck and a stack of colored markers in her hand, Badu explained the seven chakras by diagramming them on a piece of poster board.

Each chakra corresponds with a color of the rainbow, she said, drawing a red circle for the “root chakra” and continuing with spirals in orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and purple (her favorite color, she noted). Each chakra is also associated with a musical note or vibration, a set of bodily organs and a basic human characteristic, such as creativity, desire or self-discipline, she said.

Badu said she travels with a set of tuning forks, which she pulled from a backpack shaped like an African mask. She clacked one of the forks against a crystal hanging from her neck and held it by each guest’s ear so they could experience its vibration — in the key of F, for the heart chakra.

When the chakra lesson was done, Badu told the group she always considered herself a writer first. She composed her first song at age 7 after her grandmother bought her a piano, and started writing raps and other poetry before becoming a singer.

Asked what song she wishes she had written, Badu said Joni Mitchell’s “Blue.”

“Joni Mitchell is one of my heroes,” she said, adding that they’ve yet to meet. “She’s very responsible for a lot of my honesty and bravery in music.”

Before saying goodnight, Badu offered a last bit of chakra knowledge, explaining how they can be used to interpret body language. Hands on hips, for example, could indicate sexual attraction, since the chakra that governs that energy is based in the lower abdomen.

Such insights help generate compassion for others, she said, and provide a great deal of amusement.

“Once you kind of know these little things and have these little tools, the world becomes a private joke between you and God,” she said. “Some of it just tickles you. But it’s beautiful just how everything connects.”

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The Study was Flawed: Why Women Should Rethink Hormone Therapy

A friend of mine was telling me recently about her menopausal symptoms. The hot flashes were getting to her, and the mood swings were no fun either. I asked her if she had considered hormone therapy (HT), and she gave me this look—you know, the kind that seems to say, What are you, nuts?

Most women avoid HT these days for one reason: they’ve been lead to believe that it’s dangerous. “It causes breast cancer,” they think. “I’d rather put up with hot flashes than increase my risk of breast cancer.”

It remains the most effective method for treating the symptoms of menopause, and according to recent studies, is not as risky as women may have been lead to believe. In fact, we’ve learned so much that scientists are now questioning the interpretation of that 2002 study, and suggesting that women rethink HT.

Why are women so afraid of HT? Because of one study published in 2002. It was called the “Women’s Health Initiative,” and it showed that HT increased risk of several health problems for women, including heart attack, stroke, blood clots, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer.

The media came alive when the results were released, and women all over the country panicked. Many stopped taking their prescriptions for fear of harm, and many more avoided HT from that point on.

Now here we are, 15 years later, and new information has come to light suggesting that women don’t need to be as frightened of HT as they are. It remains the most effective method for treating the symptoms of menopause, and according to recent studies, is not as risky as women may have been lead to believe. In fact, we’ve learned so much that scientists are now questioning the interpretation of that 2002 study, and suggesting that women rethink HT.

Might it be the best option for you?

Hormone Replacement Therapy Took Off in the 1960s

Hormone replacement therapy has been around for decades. Back in the 1960s, the FDA approved the use of prescription estrogen products to treat the symptoms of menopause. About the same time, a few books came out that talked about the many benefits of estrogen for women, and HT took off.

Since then, the popularity of hormone therapy has gone up and down several times. In the 1970s, prescriptions declined as women heard about studies linking HT to an increased risk of endometrial cancer. When manufacturers added uterine-protecting progestin to the mix, prescriptions increased again.

In the 1980s, studies came out showing that HT seemed to reduce risk of fractures related to post-menopausal osteoporosis, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. In the 1990s, more studies were released showing that HT reduced risk of heart disease and hip fracture, though it slightly increased risk of breast cancer. The general conclusion was that the benefits outweighed the risks, and the popularity of HT rose again, so much that estrogen became the biggest-selling prescription drug.

Then came 2002, and a landmark study that changed everything.

Study Rocks the Women’s Health Industry

It was called the “Women’s Health Initiative (WHI),” and it involved 16,000 postmenopausal women. Researchers wanted to examine the risks and benefits of HT, specifically, the synthetic drug “Prempro,” which combined synthetic progestin with three estrogens derived from horse urine. So they gave some women Prempro, and some women a placebo.

The trial was supposed to go for 8.5 years. Instead, after only 5.2 years of follow-up, the data and safety monitoring board recommended stopping the trial because those women taking Prempro had a higher risk of breast cancer and heart disease than those taking a placebo.

The scientists put it this way: Out of 10,000 women, over a period of one year,

  • 8 more taking Prempro than placebo would develop breast cancer,
  • 7 more would have a heart attack,
  • 8 more would suffer a stroke, and
  • 18 more would develop blood clots.

Though these are actually small increased risks for women overall, the headlines were frightening: HT increases risk of breast cancer and heart disease. Prescriptions dropped dramatically.

Now, fifteen years later, the question is: Did we overreact?

Researchers Re-Evaluate the Results of WHI

Many researchers say that we did, and that the hype around these studies actually harmed women.

The reality is that today, many women suffer from difficult menopausal symptoms when they don’t really need to. According to a recent 2017 study, HT is still the most effective therapy for truly debilitating symptoms like hot flashes, but women remain concerned about using it.

“This study tells us that there remains an unmet need to educate women about the safety and effectiveness of hormone therapy for most symptomatic women,” said Dr. Joann Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). “The benefits go beyond the relief of hot flashes and include improvement in night sweats, sleep disruption, prevention of bone loss, and fewer heart events.”

“This study tells us that there remains an unmet need to educate women about the safety and effectiveness of hormone therapy for most symptomatic women. The benefits go beyond the relief of hot flashes and include improvement in night sweats, sleep disruption, prevention of bone loss, and fewer heart events.”

–Dr. Joann Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS)

Safety and effectiveness? What happened to risk of breast cancer and heart disease?

Scientific examination has cast new light on those studies that appeared near the turn of the century. In a 2014 study meant to re-examine the findings from WHI, the researchers stated that the “global index” used to summarize the overall benefit versus risk of HT “was not valid, and it was biased.”

They added that the risk of CHD was not confirmed in subsequent studies, and that the WIH study “did not establish” that estrogen plus progestin increased the risk of breast cancer. Among their findings: the primary outcomes—cardiovascular disease (CVD) and breast cancer—changed several times throughout the study, rising and falling. That implies that the authors manipulated data to come up with the conclusions that they did.

There were other issues as well, including participants that didn’t stick with their treatments, and low “hazard ratios” that are not usually considered significant. (The hazard ratio for risk of breast cancer was 1.24, for example—below the standard 2.0 that is considered significant.)

“Over-interpretation and misrepresentation of the WHI findings have damaged the health and well-being of menopausal women,” the researchers wrote, “by convincing them and their health professionals that the risk of HT outweigh its benefits.”’

Molly A. Brewer, DVM, MD, MS, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Connecticut Health Center, also points out the flaws in the study, including the fact that 34 percent of the women had a body mass index of 30 or more—a clear indicator of obesity, which is a risk factor for breast cancer. In addition, the average age of the women was 63 years, which is considered on the older side of the spectrum, as most women need HT in their fifties.

Yet these sorts of risk factors were not taken into consideration in the final results.

Brewer states in her commentary on the study that despite its wide impact, it “may not have demonstrated an increase in the risk of either CVD or breast cancer given the study design and statistical issues, and that as a result of these flaws, women have been harmed.”

More Researchers Question the Harm Done to Menopausal Women

In April 2017, in an article published in the scientific journal Climacteric, the principal investigator in the WHI trial—Robert D. Langer—argued that the researchers who did the study misrepresented some of the findings, and failed to follow proper protocols. Apparently not all principal investigators had a say in the data evaluation and writing phases of the research, and the paper was published prior to review by all authors.

He added that a second WHI trial using equine estrogens alone published two years after the initial trial results showed prevention of CHD in women who started HT before the age of 60, and also showed a reduction in breast cancer overall, but that these results “were largely ignored.”

“In the years since the first WHI report,” he wrote, “we have learned much about the characteristics of women who are likely to benefit from HT,” adding that the “facts” most women and doctors use when considering HT “are frequently wrong or incorrectly applied.”

The editor-in-chief of the Climacteric agreed, stating that when the 2002 study was released, women were told that those using HT were “29% more likely to suffer coronary heart disease, 26% more likely to contract breast cancer and 41% more likely to suffer a stroke.” The actual numbers, which are listed above (7 more cases of heart disease out of 10,000, etc.) were “lost in translation.”

In conclusion, he stated: “Much angst may have been avoided, many women may not have suffered unnecessarily and the consensus now reached—that hormone therapy prescribed to healthy postmenopausal women within 10 years of their last menstrual period is an effective safe intervention—might have been arrived at long ago.”

Indeed, in a 2016 commentary published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), two investigators key to the original WHI study stated that the results were being used inappropriately, particularly for women suffering from difficult menopausal symptoms.

What is the true toll of all this misinformation? According to a 2013, it’s high. Researchers examined the effect of “estrogen avoidance” on mortality rates among women aged 50 to 59 years who had undergone a hysterectomy. They found that over a 10-year span, as many as 91,610 postmenopausal women died prematurely because they avoided estrogen therapy (ET).

“ET in younger postmenopausal women is associated with a decisive reduction in all-cause mortality,” the researchers wrote, “but estrogen use in this population is low and continuing to fall.”

What Should Menopausal Women Do?

Based on this and other information suggesting that women were unnecessarily frightened, what should women do today?

First, realize the facts—the risks of HT are likely lower than you’ve been lead to believe. Second, understand that most healthcare professionals and scientists now recommend that hormone therapy prescribed to healthy postmenopausal women within 10 years of their last menstrual period is effective and safe, with benefits that outweigh the risks.

Third, talk to your doctor. If you’re suffering from difficult menopausal symptoms—particularly if you’re healthy, free of cardiovascular disease, and 60 or younger—HT may work for you, and help you get back to enjoying life again.

 

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Androgen Deprivation Therapy Associated with Higher Risk of Heart Failure in Men with Early-Stage Prostate Cancer

PASADENA, Calif. — Men with localized prostate cancer who received androgen deprivation therapy, a hormone treatment, were at significantly higher risk of heart failure than men who did not receive this therapy, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the British Journal of Cancer.

In the past, androgen deprivation therapy has been used for advanced prostate cancer. Now, it is increasingly being used to treat prostate cancer in an earlier stage, before it has spread, which is often referred to as localized prostate cancer. However, the safety, risk and benefits of this therapy have not been established, said lead author Reina Haque, PhD, MPH, a researcher with the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation.

The goal of androgen deprivation therapy is to reduce levels of male hormones, called androgens, or to stop them from stimulating prostate cancer cells to grow. Androgen deprivation therapy can lower androgen to the same level as surgical castration within three weeks. This research, which looked at a large cohort of men with localized prostate cancer, suggests androgen deprivation therapy may be related to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease in this population.

The study found that for men with localized prostate cancer, androgen deprivation therapy was associated with:

  • An 81 percent increased risk of heart failure in men without pre-existing cardiovascular disease
  • An increased risk of heart rhythm problems for men with pre-existing cardiovascular disease, including a 44 percent increased risk of arrhythmia
  • An increased risk (three times more likely) for men with pre-existing cardiovascular disease of developing conduction disorder, an interruption of the electrical impulses to the heart

“The implication is that patients with localized prostate cancer should be followed to minimize the health effects of androgen deprivation therapy on the cardiovascular system,” Haque said. “Patients should consider lifestyle changes, and physicians should actively monitor the patient’s health for early signs of heart disease.”

Kaiser Permanente researchers followed a cohort of 7,637 men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer between 1998 and 2008 who were initially under “watchful waiting,” which means they were being followed by a physician to gauge the progression of the cancer. Researchers followed them for up to 12 years after diagnosis. Nearly 30 percent were treated with androgen deprivation therapy. Many of the men were under the age of 60.

To determine the effect of androgen deprivation therapy on men with localized prostate cancer, researchers assessed a comprehensive set of factors including pre-existing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, use of cardiovascular medications, smoking, body mass index and PSA levels. This allowed the researchers to account for the differences that could increase the risk of heart attacks, such as smoking, or previous cardiovascular disease.

“The findings allow men with localized prostate cancer to consider the positive and negative effects of androgen deprivation therapy and discuss it with their physicians,” said Haque. “If they move forward with the therapy, patients should work with their physicians to adjust their lifestyle to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.”

This study adds to previous Kaiser Permanente research aimed at improving men’s health, including work developing a better health care delivery model for men with prostate cancer, and determining how a man’s weight might affect his prostate cancer outcomes.

Additional study authors include Xiaoqing Xu, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation; Stephen K. Van Den Eeden, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research; Marianne Ulcickas Yood, PhD, Boston University School of Public Health; Andrea E. Cassidy-Bushrow, PhD, Henry Ford Health Systems; Nancy L. Keating, MD, MPH, Division of General Internal Medicine, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School; and Huei-Ting Tsai, PhD, and Arnold L. Potosky, PhD, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University.

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Enrolling kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in music therapy won’t improve their social skills, according to the results of a large clinical trial.

The disappointing finding, published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is based on a study involving more than 350 children ages 4 through 7 in the U.S., Australia, the U.K., Israel, Brazil, Italy, Korea, Norway and Austria. During the trial, the children all received standard care for autism available in their region. In addition, half of the children received one-on-one music therapy.

After 5 months of therapy, the children in the music therapy group scored similarly on social skills tests to children who didn’t receive music therapy, the researchers found.

Music therapy involves a trained professional helping children create music spontaneously by singing or playing an instrument. The U.S. has about 7,000 music therapists, according to the study.

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So should you disregard music therapy as an option if you have an autistic child?

Not necessarily. To begin with, this study wasn’t perfect. Calculating the effectiveness of a therapy is more difficult than figuring out how well a drug works because therapy is less precise and may vary depending on the therapist and recipient. Other research has found music therapy benefits kids with autism, although these studies are often smaller and of lesser quality.

Even if music therapy doesn’t improve autistic children’s social skills, it may enrich their lives in other ways such as by providing them joy and allowing them to pursue a musical interest, senior author Christian Gold told Reuters. At the same time, the study findings offer reassurance that music therapy doesn’t need to be part of your child’s treatment plan.

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We have a disproportionately high risk of cardiovascular disease, and statin treatment can be an effective tool in lowering the risk of plaque building up in the arteries. Statin guidelines from different organizations, however, can vary significantly, says a new paper published in JAMA Cardiology.

Guidelines released by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association in 2013 dramatically increased the number of people eligible for statins. But recent guidelines developed by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force focus on a narrower population.

“We found one in four African Americans who would have been recommended for statin therapy under the ACC/AHA guidelines would not be recommended under new USPSTF guidelines,” said Venkatesh Murthy, M.D., co-senior author and cardiologist at Michigan Medicine. “We wanted to determine whether the right people were being identified for statin therapy.”

Dr. Murthy led a study of 2,812 African-American adults who participated in the Jackson Heart Study in Jackson, Mississippi, and were at risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. In 1,743 of the participants, researchers also analyzed the impact of calcification of the coronary arteries, which is associated with cardiovascular events, such as stroke or heart attack.

The study found the stricter USPSTF guidelines did not identify as many individuals with coronary calcification as the ACC/AHA guidelines.

“Because the USPSTF guidelines target those with the highest risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, they also may miss some African Americans with some vascular calcification and low or moderate risk,” said Ravi V. Shah, M.D., co-senior author from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

The results support further personalization of recommendations for statin therapy, including targeted imaging, said the researchers.

This is the latest work from the Jackson Heart Study, the largest single-site investigation of cardiovascular disease among African Americans. The full study includes more than 5,000 patients who live in rural and urban areas of three counties around Jackson, Mississippi. The subjects were examined three times over a period of nine years, beginning in 2000.

 

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Genetically using a person’s own immune cells to target cancer appears to virtually kill multiple myeloma, a blood cancer being diagnosed more frequently, according to an early trial from China.

The therapy, called CAR T-cell therapy, caused 33 of 35 patients with recurring multiple myeloma to enter full remission or have a significant reduction in their disease within two months.

In a second study, developed by the National Cancer Institute, nearly two dozen patients responded well to the treatment.

Experts at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago, where the results were announced last week, say though both studies were small, this is a first for multiple myeloma.

The results are “impressive,” said Len Lichtenfeld, M.D., deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. “These are patients who have had prior treatment and had their disease return, and 100 percent of the patients are reported to have had some form of meaningful response to these cells that were administered.”

For the new therapy, custom-designed for each patient, doctors collect the patient’s T-cells—one of the immune system’s main cell types—and genetically reprogram them to attack abnormal multiple myeloma cells.

The process is like a GPS, said lead researcher Wanhong Zhao, M.D., associate director of hematology at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an, China. Immune cells are steered to cancer cells, making them assassins that never miss their target.

“The theory is [altered T-cells] should attack the tumor and continue to grow to become a long-term monitoring and treatment system,” Dr. Lichtenfeld said.

The technology represents the next step forward in immunotherapy for cancer, said Michael Sabel, M.D., chief of surgical oncology at the University of Michigan. “Immunotherapy is now really providing hope to a lot of patients with cancers that were not really responding to our standard chemotherapies.”

Historically, such therapies tend to be very expensive, Dr. Lichtenfeld said, and experts don’t see CAR-T breaking that cycle, should it receive approval. But it’s still early and much more research will be needed before that step.

The Chinese research team plans to continue the study with 100 patients at four hospitals in China. And a similar clinical trial will take place in the U.S. by 2018.

Multiple myeloma affects plasma cells, which make antibodies to fight infection. More than 30,000 cases occur each year in this country, with more than 115,000 worldwide. It’s the second-fastest growing cancer for men and the third for women, rising 2 percent to 3 percent per year, according to the NCI. Between 60,000 and 70,000 Americans have the blood cancer now, and only about 50 percent of them live five years after diagnosis.

 

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Save the drama for a llama on your wedding day. No, really! For brides getting married in the Portland, Oregon, or Vancouver, Washington, area, your llama dreams can now be turned into reality. Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas is offering an exclusive service to brides and grooms who want to make sure their wedding is the most talked about event of the year. Because we mean, what’s more memorable than some dressed up alpacas at your reception?

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According to the non-profit organization’s website, their llamas — named Rojo, Smokey, Diego, and Jean-Pierre — are pros when it comes to socializing at special events. “Always decorated to compliment, our llamas can easily handle all ages, and any size of crowd. More than just entertainment, we provide a unique interactive experience for your guests that most have never experienced before.”

While getting the life-changing (yes, we said life-changing!) experience to hang out with a llama may be enough to convince some couples to double-down on this wedding expense, we have a feeling the next little tidbit will thrill our do-good brides: ALL of the proceeds from these lovely llama events will go toward funding the organization’s Therapy and Education Program. Win, win, hooraaay!

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But just as weddings can be unpredictable AF, these furry guys don’t necessarily come with a guaranteed presence on your big day. “To avoid undo stress for our animals, we may not be able to fill requests which would require us to travel during peak traffic times,” the website notes. “We also may have to cancel event appearances where there is the possibility of extreme heat, ice, or snow.” Spring wedding it is!

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Prince Harry Reveals He Entered Therapy After 2 Years of ‘Total Chaos’ in His Late 20s

Prince Harry spoke candidly about normalizing mental health struggles  — including his own unprocessed grief after the loss of his mother — with the Telegraph‘s Bryony Gordon in the first episode of her new podcast Mad World.

“I’ve spent most of my life saying ‘I’m fine’ … and most of us aren’t up for going that deep. So today I’m OK. I’m a little bit nervous. I’m a little bit tight in the chest but otherwise fine,” Harry, 32, revealed during their half-hour conversation, which also discussed his mental health charity, Heads Together, with Prince William and Princess Kate.

Harry also said that losing his mom Princess Diana in 1997 on the “public platform” affected his personal and public life, and consequently his mental health.

“I can safely say that losing my mom at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had quite a serious effect on not only my personal life but also my work as well.”

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He continued, “My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum because why would that help?”

After years not thinking about it and being “a problem” through a lot of his 20s, he says he experienced two years of “total chaos.” So with the “huge support” of his brother when he was 28, he began seeking professional help, telling Gordon he saw a therapist “more than a couple of times.” He also credited boxing as a coping mechanism.

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“I was on the verge of punching someone,” he revealed.

Now, the prince says he is in a “good place” — and already a godfather, he admitted he would love to have kids. (He is getting serious with American girlfriend Meghan Markle, after all.)

“Because of the process that I’ve been through over the last 2½-3 years, I’ve now been able to take my work seriously, be able to take my private life seriously as well, and be able to put blood, sweat and tears into the things that really make a difference,’ he said.

Royal or not, “No matter who you are, the conversation has to be the beginning,” Harry said.

 

 


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The Martian” star Matt Damon has had it easier surviving on Mars than getting on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, so on Monday the pair finally tried to resolve their issues.

In couples therapy, Damon reveals he’s been trying to get on the show for about 12 years because he actually likes it. He has been on before, but apparently he’s now living there and still tries to get on it every night. In fact, Damon even admits Kimmel was the reason for some of his career choices, including the movie “We Bought a Zoo.” (Rough one, dude.)

Kimmel also talks about how he’s been trying to get Damon on the show, but it’s hard because, you know, it just is.

Will they ever work out their issues? Eh, probably not. But at least we should get another 12 years to watch the attempts.

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