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  1. New Drug Treats Fibroids With Fewer Side Effects

    Feb. 1, 2012 -- A new drug appears to be effective for shrinking uterine fibroids and controlling the heavy menstrual bleeding they often cause, according to new research from Europe. In one study, the drug ulipristal acetate proved to be much more effective than a placebo for shrinking the non-mali

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  2. Gene Mutation Found in Uterine Fibroids

    Aug. 25, 2011 -- Mutations in a single gene MED12 occur in about 70% of uterine fibroids, Finnish researchers find. "This is a giant step toward understanding why fibroids arise -- but toward design of targeted therapies it is a very early step," study leader Lauri A. Aaltonen, MD, PhD, of the Unive

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  3. Fibroids: How Long Would You Wait for Treatment?

    March 1, 2011 -- Women who sought treatment to relieve the pain, heavy bleeding, or other symptoms caused by uterine fibroids report a better quality of life after their procedure, a new study shows. But several years after recovering from one of three different interventions -- an abdominal hystere

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  4. Pill Treats Painful Fibroids

    June 30, 2010 -- A drug used in Europe as emergency contraception may also treat painful uterine fibroids, researchers say. Their study was presented at the 26th annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Rome, Italy. As many as 80% of all women have uterine fibro

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  5. Green Tea Extract May Treat Uterine Fibroids

    Jan. 26, 2010 -- An extract from green tea may be useful in treating uterine fibroids, a condition that affects 25%-30% of U.S. women, new research indicates. Fibroids of the uterus, a condition called uterine leiomyoma, can be debilitating, leading to excessive vaginal bleeding, anemia, and fatigue

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  6. Embolization Effective for Fibroids

    Feb. 26, 2008 -- A relatively new treatment for uterine fibroids is a reasonable alternative to hysterectomy for women who want to avoid surgery, new research shows. Outcomes among patients who had the treatment, known as uterine artery embolization (UAE) or uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), were

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  7. Fibroid Embolization: Good Outcomes

    Jan. 3, 2008 -- Can women with painful fibroids get long-term relief without surgery? Yes, suggests a study of 1,278 women who underwent uterine fibroid embolization (UFE, also known as uterine artery embolization or UAE). Three years after the minimally invasive procedure, fewer than 15% of women n

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  8. Treating Fibroids Without Surgery

    Jan. 24, 2007 -- A nonsurgical approach to the treatment of uterine fibroids is a reasonable alternative to surgery such as hysterectomy, a new study shows. Researchers compared outcomes among women who received either surgery or the nonsurgical treatment, known as uterine embolization, for fibroids

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  9. Fibroid Tumors: What Every Woman Must Know

    There probably isn't a woman alive who doesn't feel a wave of terror when her doctor mentions the word tumor. But when it's a fibroid tumor, experts say there is little to fear. "There is virtually no threat of malignancy -- and there are a number of excellent treatment options, as well as the optio

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  10. Nonsurgical Fibroid Treatment Deemed Safe

    July 13, 2005 -- Complications are rare among fibroid patients treated with a relatively new nonsurgical procedure known as uterine embolization. This remains true even in centers that perform only a few of them, researchers say. Early findings from the largest study ever of a fibroid treatment sugg

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