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The hormone replacement therapy debate

Hormone replacement therapy is a well-established risk factor for breast cancer, and in my little world of breast cancer epidemiology the use of hormone replacement therapy seemed inconceivable. And then I started thinking … the effect size of hormone replacement therapy on breast cancer risk might not be large enough to justify depriving individual women from an easier transition to menopause (less depression, normal sexual drive, fewer fractures, lower risk of CHD, etc.) on a case-by-case basis. Continue reading

Review of: Induced first-trimester abortion and risk of mental disorder

This population-based study provides strong evidence that rates of inpatient or outpatient contact at psychiatric facilities do not increase from the 9 months before an abortion to the 12 months after one, while these same rates during the 9 months before childbirth appear to increase in the 12 months after childbirth. As the authors point out, these findings do not support the claim Continue reading