Recently published research from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have indicated a link between endometriosis risk and pesticide use. The study published in Environmental Health Perspectives consisted of over 250 women with surgically confirmed Endometriosis (the only reliable way to confirm a diagnosis of Endometriosis) and a control group of 538 women between the years of 1996 and 2001. Within the context of past studies of organochloride pesticides indicating estrogenic properties, this indicated a potential to increase the risk of conditions such as Endometriosis which are estrogen driven, until now larger scale studies have not examined the potential risk in …continue reading
In the british press and some medical journal sites an intresting story appeared today. Scientists at the University of Liverpool have identified an enzyme which could be a cause of endometriosis. Below are links to the Daily Mail article (bit short on facts) and a link to an article on breakthrough digest (bit more technical – more detail). The bottom line is that an enzyme which is not normally seen in the body except in the lining of the womb is present in women with endometriosis outside of the womb and some cancer cells. Telomerase is an enzyme normally released …continue reading
An article that was released in Febrtuary of 2002, stated that “A woman has more than five times the normal risk of developing endometriosis if her sister has the disease, according to research published today (Thursday 28 February) in Europe’s leading reproductive medicine journal, Human Reproduction*.” The full article can be found at SciTecLibrary. I apologise for the delay in posting this article. I did have it saved in my file folder but things were very hectic at that time due to projects and midterms.