Does Hormonal Contraception Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer?

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A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine examined the association between the use of hormonal contraception (oral contraceptives, hormone-releasing IUD’s, hormonal patches, hormone-releasing vaginal rings) and breast cancer. The authors looked at data from 1.8 million women ages 15 to 49 in Denmark, followed on average for 10.9 years.  They found

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What is Chronic Hypertension?

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Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure and chronic hypertension refers to patients who had high blood pressure before they became pregnant or developed it early in pregnancy.  This is different from a special kind of high blood pressure that some women get during pregnancy called pre-eclampsia.  Pre-eclampsia usually develops in the second

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