1995-1997

Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Adams-Campbell LL. Postmenopausal female hormone use and venous thromboembolic disease in black women (letter to the editor). Am J Obstet Gynecol 1997;177:1275.

Recent studies suggest that the risk of clots in the legs or lung may be higher among women who are using postmenopausal female hormones than among nonusers. Data from the BWHS support this possibility. These findings have been confirmed by data from randomized studies.

McAlindon T, Felson D, Palmer J, Zhang Y, Rosenberg L. Associations of cigarette smoking and alcohol with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) among participants in the Black Women’s Health Study (abstract). Arthritis Rheum 1997;40(Suppl):S162.

In preliminary analyses, cigarette smoking was more common and alcohol consumption less common among women who reported having lupus than among women who did not have this condition.

Rosenberg L, Rao RS, Adams-Campbell L, Palmer JR. Risk factors for myocardial infarction among African-American women (abstract). Am J Epidemiol 1997;145:S45.

Risk factors for myocardial infarction (heart attack) in black women have received little study. Cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol levels, family history of heart attack, and overweight were associated with a higher risk of heart attack.

Rosenberg L, Adams-Campbell L, Palmer JR. The Black Women's Health Study: a follow-up study for causes and preventions of illness. J Am Med Womens Assoc 1995;50:56-8.

Most previous epidemiologic studies have been of white populations. The Black Women’s Health Study, a follow-up study, is the largest study of U.S. black women yet conducted. This paper discusses the study methods. The major aims include identifying risk factors for breast cancer and other cancers. The study will also assess risk factors for a wide range of other serious illnesses that affect black women, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, uterine fibroids and lupus.