Minerva: May 2002
Dietary phytoestrogens, found in soya bean and linseed, are thought to help relieve vasomotor menopausal symptoms. A study of 939 women (Journal of Nutrition 2002;132:276-82) found that a high intake is also associated with a favourable metabolic cardiovascular risk profile. As with hormone replacement therapy, waist:hip ratios and concentrations of triglyceride and low density lipoprotein cholesterol were lower in women with high intakes. Minerva was glad to read that small concentrations of phytoestrogens are also found in wine and beer.
Surgeons performing thyroid surgery may no longer tie the knot. In a case-control study of 86 patients undergoing lobectomy or total thyroidectomy, the harmonic scalpel, which works by using ultrasonic frictional heating to ligate vessels, shortened operative times by almost 30 minutes compared to the conventional “tie and clamp technique” time (Archives of Surgery 2002;137:137-42).
Minerva bids farewell to the birthplace of the BMA. The Worcester Royal Infirmary, in the