20009-12-21 No link seen between acetaminophen, birth defects


(Reuters Health) - New study findings offer reassurance to pregnant women that acetaminophen does not appear to raise the risk of birth defects.

Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol and certain other painkillers, and is often found in over-the-counter cold and flu remedies. Taken as directed, acetaminophen is considered safe during pregnancy, making it the medication of choice for pregnant women's body aches and fevers.

However, there are still some questions about whether the drug can contribute to birth defects. Studies looking at birth defects as a broad group have either found no link to acetaminophen use or have yielded inconclusive findings.(Read entire article)

2009-12-08 Soy Appears Safe for Breast Cancer Survivors - Moderate Intake of Soy Reduced Breast Cancer Death Risk, Recurrence in Study


Moderate intake of soy foods by breast cancer survivors appears to be not only safe but beneficial, according to a new study.

''Women who had a higher soy intake had a lower mortality and lower risk of relapse [than women with a low intake]," says researcher Xiao Ou Shu, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Previous research has yielded conflicting findings, with some studies finding that soy foods reduce breast cancer risk but others finding that genistein, an estrogen-like compound known as an isoflavone in soy, helps breast cancer cells grow in the lab and promotes tumor growth in animals. (Read entire article)