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Hormone pill study finds aftereffects

CHICAGO — The first follow-up of a landmark study of hormone use after menopause shows heart problems linked with the pills seem to fade after women stop taking them, while surprising new cancer risks appear.

That heart trouble associated with hormones might not be permanent is good news for millions of women who quit taking them after the government study was halted six years ago because of heart risks and breast cancer.

But the new risks for other cancers, particularly lung tumors, in women who had taken estrogen-progestin pills for about five years puzzled the researchers and outside experts, including Gerardo Heiss of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, lead author of the follow-up analysis.

The analysis, which appears in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association, focused on participants’ health in the first two to three years after the study’s end. During that time, those who had taken hormones but stopped were 24 percent more likely to develop any kind of cancer than women who had taken dummy pills.

MAINE

Man held in threat to blow up plane

BANGOR — A man is in custody on federal charges accusing him of threatening to blow up an airliner that was en route to Ireland.

A detention hearing is set for today for Aiden Simon Mackle, 44, of Portadown, Northern Ireland.

Mr. Mackle is accused of telling a Delta Air Lines employee he was a terrorist after drinking and becoming unruly on Flight 146 from Atlanta. The flight was diverted to Bangor International Airport early Saturday.

Mr. Mackle faces federal charges of assault and interfering with a flight crew.

According to an FBI affidavit, he smoked a cigarette in a restroom on the Boeing 76, then became verbally abusive when he was confronted and told a flight attendant that he was associated with terrorist Osama bin Laden and was going to hijack the plane.

MICHIGAN

Vote postponed on mayoral ouster

DETROIT — Detroit’s City Council has postponed a vote on a resolution that would ask embattled Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to step down.

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