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By Judy Foreman and Judy Foreman,BOSTON GLOBE | October 7, 1997
This summer, a Canadian study of nearly 7,000 women came to a startling conclusion: that a mammogram done during the second half of the menstrual cycle is twice as likely to miss a lurking cancer as one taken during the first half.For now, these researchers think this applies only to women who use or have used hormones such as birth control pills. And because there is so little research on the question, the finding could turn out to be a statistical fluke.Still, the idea is intriguing -- as is the suggestion from a handful of other studies that there may also be an optimal time in the cycle for a woman to have breast cancer surgery.
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By Laura Vozzella | July 7, 2011
Olympian Michael Phelps has been dating a Canadian woman -- and swapping Weinergate-quality photos with her -- for more than two years, the gossip site RadarOnline reports. The site identifies Phelps' girlfriend as Montreal native Ashley Finestone, who displayed more wisdom than you might expect of a Phelps gal pal by declining to comment to a RadarOnline reporter. "Only him and I know what's really going on," she said. Can't wait until schoolmarm Debbie Phelps meets this gal. Maybe the Rosetta Stone pitchman should hook her up with some language-learning software first.
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By Dr. Simeon Margolis | July 30, 1991
Q. My roommate claims women athletes can improve their endurance by taking drugs that will change their menstrual cycles. Just how does that work?A. Female athletes may have greater endurance in the last part rTC of their menstrual cycle than in the first. Using that information, a gynecologist can manipulate the periods of a woman who normally has regular cycles by prescribing pills containing progesterone, a female hormone, for 10 days -- 35 days before her athletic event.This procedure will cause the athlete to menstruate a few days after she stops taking the pills.
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By Judy Foreman and Judy Foreman,BOSTON GLOBE | October 7, 1997
This summer, a Canadian study of nearly 7,000 women came to a startling conclusion: that a mammogram done during the second half of the menstrual cycle is twice as likely to miss a lurking cancer as one taken during the first half.For now, these researchers think this applies only to women who use or have used hormones such as birth control pills. And because there is so little research on the question, the finding could turn out to be a statistical fluke.Still, the idea is intriguing -- as is the suggestion from a handful of other studies that there may also be an optimal time in the cycle for a woman to have breast cancer surgery.
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By Beverly Mills and Beverly Mills,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 19, 1996
My 2 1/2 -year-old daughter is in the bathroom with me a lot, and I don't know how to explain the menstrual cycle to her. I don't want to scare her with the sight of blood, so I try to keep her out, but then she cries. How should I approach this?Priscilla LeeSan FranciscoThere are two ways to handle this situation, and both are equally acceptable. You can either teach the child about privacy or begin the process of teaching the child a natural fact of life.Parents who responded to this question were equally divided between the two approaches.
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By Laura Vozzella | July 7, 2011
Olympian Michael Phelps has been dating a Canadian woman -- and swapping Weinergate-quality photos with her -- for more than two years, the gossip site RadarOnline reports. The site identifies Phelps' girlfriend as Montreal native Ashley Finestone, who displayed more wisdom than you might expect of a Phelps gal pal by declining to comment to a RadarOnline reporter. "Only him and I know what's really going on," she said. Can't wait until schoolmarm Debbie Phelps meets this gal. Maybe the Rosetta Stone pitchman should hook her up with some language-learning software first.
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By New York Times News Service | February 5, 1992
Provocative new research suggesting that the timing of breast cancer surgery in the menstrual cycle can dramatically affect its success has ignited a fierce debate among cancer specialists.Recent studies have found that pre-menopausal women newly diagnosed with breast cancer survive far longer when the operation to remove the tumor is performed during the second half of their monthly cycle."It seems that there's something biochemical that happens when surgery is performed late in the menstrual cycle that increases the probability that tumor cells that have spread beyond the breast will die," said Dr. Peter Paul Rosen, a pathologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, who directed one of the new studies.
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By Newsday | November 24, 1991
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- William Kennedy Smith is preparing to tell the jury in his rape trial that his accuser became vengeful toward him after he called her by the wrong name during the night the two had consensual sex, according to sources close to the Kennedy family.background should be presented to jurors.In questioning prospective jurors last week, lead defense attorney Roy E. Black alluded to the name mix-up when he asked whether the jury candidates ever had known anybody to become enraged when another person says "the wrong thing."
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By Marian Uhlman and Marian Uhlman,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | October 11, 1998
Another screening test has been added to the recommended list for women over 50: one to check whether the thyroid gland is working properly.The newly merged American College of Physicians and American Society of Internal Medicine recently developed the new screening guidelines. The thyroid gland produces hormones that help control metabolism. Too little hormone can make people appear sluggish, depressed and forgetful. They can feel chilly and gain weight. Too much hormone can make them nervous, heat-intolerant and prone to weight loss.
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By Modena Wilson, M.D. and Alain Joffe, M.D. and Modena Wilson, M.D. and Alain Joffe, M.D.,Special to The Sun | March 22, 1994
Q: I Would like to know why my period skips months sometimes. I skip six to 11 months. The times my period doesn't come, I still have cramps, headaches and backaches.A: Without knowing a bit more about you, it is difficult for us to give you a definite answer abut what is happening to you. Many girls will have irregular periods right after they first start menstruating. They may have a period, skip several months, have another and then skip a few more months yet again.If it's been more than two years since your first period, skipping six to 11 months is definitely not normal.
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By Beverly Mills and Beverly Mills,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 19, 1996
My 2 1/2 -year-old daughter is in the bathroom with me a lot, and I don't know how to explain the menstrual cycle to her. I don't want to scare her with the sight of blood, so I try to keep her out, but then she cries. How should I approach this?Priscilla LeeSan FranciscoThere are two ways to handle this situation, and both are equally acceptable. You can either teach the child about privacy or begin the process of teaching the child a natural fact of life.Parents who responded to this question were equally divided between the two approaches.
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By New York Times News Service | February 5, 1992
Provocative new research suggesting that the timing of breast cancer surgery in the menstrual cycle can dramatically affect its success has ignited a fierce debate among cancer specialists.Recent studies have found that pre-menopausal women newly diagnosed with breast cancer survive far longer when the operation to remove the tumor is performed during the second half of their monthly cycle."It seems that there's something biochemical that happens when surgery is performed late in the menstrual cycle that increases the probability that tumor cells that have spread beyond the breast will die," said Dr. Peter Paul Rosen, a pathologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, who directed one of the new studies.
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By Newsday | November 24, 1991
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- William Kennedy Smith is preparing to tell the jury in his rape trial that his accuser became vengeful toward him after he called her by the wrong name during the night the two had consensual sex, according to sources close to the Kennedy family.background should be presented to jurors.In questioning prospective jurors last week, lead defense attorney Roy E. Black alluded to the name mix-up when he asked whether the jury candidates ever had known anybody to become enraged when another person says "the wrong thing."
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By Dr. Simeon Margolis | July 30, 1991
Q. My roommate claims women athletes can improve their endurance by taking drugs that will change their menstrual cycles. Just how does that work?A. Female athletes may have greater endurance in the last part rTC of their menstrual cycle than in the first. Using that information, a gynecologist can manipulate the periods of a woman who normally has regular cycles by prescribing pills containing progesterone, a female hormone, for 10 days -- 35 days before her athletic event.This procedure will cause the athlete to menstruate a few days after she stops taking the pills.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 2, 2001
Q. I have suffered migraines all my life. During the past few years, they got worse. Someone suggested I see an allergist. I discovered I am allergic to a lot of the foods I had been eating every day, including coffee, wheat, rice, oats, eggs and tomatoes. Now that I have changed my diet, my head is much better. A. Some people might be sensitive to certain foods. The most notorious are red wine and other alcoholic beverages. Coffee, tea, icy drinks, ice cream, chocolate, aged cheese, nuts, soy-based foods and pork have also been reported as triggers.
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By Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe and Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe,Special to The Sun | September 6, 1994
Q: A few days ago, my 16-year-old daughter developed a yeast infection. We went to the pharmacy and got some over-the-counter medication to treat it. Then she started having her period. Is it safe for her to use the vaginal cream during menstruation?A: We know of no reason your daughter would have any problem using this medication during her menstrual cycle. The cream you refer to has been available for many years by prescription only and has an excellent safety profile.You did not indicate to us how you concluded that your daughter did have a yeast infection.
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