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Latest news on clinical and scientific research in endometriosis.


Endometriosis highlighted as “hidden disease” in women’s health
18 October 2007

18 OCTOBER 2007 A special focus review collection has been compiled and published by Women’s Health where editor, Professor Thomas D’Hooghe, highlights endometriosis as the “hidden disease” and reviews state-of-the-art thinking in managing this major problem. Professor D’Hooghe Future Medicine has announced the publication of The Challenge of Endometriosis a collection of key reviews highlighting […]

Scientists discover how to isolate stem cells from endometrium
13 September 2007

13 September 2007 Australian researchers have discovered how to isolate probable stem cells from the lining of women’s wombs, thus providing a ready source of stem cells for tissue engineering as well as a possible route for understanding common conditions such as endometriosis. The finding opens up the possibility of using the stem cells for […]

Plasma urocortin levels may help diagnose ovarian endometriosis
12 September 2007

12 September 2007 Italian researchers have found that plasma urocortin is increased in women with endometrioma and may be a useful measurement for distinguishing between endometrioma and other benign ovarian cysts. Is it better than CA125? Pasquale Florio, from the University of Siena in Italy, and colleagues speculate that urocortin secretion is part of the […]

Cycling and early pregnant endometrium as a site of regulated expression of the Vitamin D system
26 July 2007

Vitamin D is a major regulator of calcium and phosphate homeostasis but its most potent metabolite has been demonstrated to affect a wide range of functions including anti-proliferative and immunomodulatory effects.

Medical botanicals may have anti-inflammatory and pain-alleviating properties
19 July 2007

19 July 2007 Experimental evidence is accumulating to suggest that medicinal botanicals have anti-inflammatory and pain-alleviating properties and hold promise for treatment of endometriosis. The authors of this systematic review of clinical and experimental data on the use of medicinal herbs in the treatment of endometriosis suggest that medical botanicals may have anti-inflammatory and pain-alleviating […]

New approaches to endometriosis treatment – mouse experiments point the way
3 July 2007

3 JULY 2007 Two new experimental studies were presented at the 23rd meeting of ESHRE. Both use mouse models to target angiogenesis, which may play a role in endometriosis and thus provide novel potential treatments of the disease. Possible new directions for the treatment of endometriosis, were outlined in the presentation of two experimental studies […]

Endometriosis may increase the risk of certain cancers, but absolute risk remains low
2 July 2007

2 JULY 2007 Epidemiological studies presented at the 23rd annual meeting of ESHRE showed a headline grabbing increased cancer risk among women with endometriosis. But clinicians remind women with endometriosis that in fact this research is reassuring in that there appears to be no overall increased risk of cancer. According to Swedish researchers endometriosis is […]

A fresh look at three chemical mediators in endometriosis
19 June 2007

June 2007 Cytokines in the peritoneum, progesterone resistance, chemokines in the epithelium. What a cocktail. But each of these three chemical mediators may have a significant role to play in endometriosis. Cytokines in the Peritoneum Bedaiwy et al [1] recently investigated the concentrations of the interleukins IL-1 beta, IL-6, IL-8, IL-3 and tumor necrosis factor alpha […]

Cost of endometriosis higher than for Crohn’s and migraine
15 June 2007

June 2007 A systematic review of estimates and methodology of studies quantifying the costs of endometriosis concludes that costs are considerably higher than those related to Crohn’s disease or to migraine. The authors, who published their study in Human Reproduction in July 2007 [1], included studies of cost-of-illness analyses quantifying the economic impact of endometriosis […]

Prostaglandins and COX-2
15 June 2007

Focus on the increased role of prostaglandins and COX-2 in endometriosis suggest a new class of drugs may be considered in reducing the presence of prostaglandins in women with endometriosis

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