A new study of more than 30,000 women who had a hysterectomy shows an overall higher risk of dying if women have their ovaries removed than if they leave them intact. The study looked exclusively at women who had a hysterectomy for “benign disease.” This is part of the large Nurses Health Study, a group of women that researchers have followed for 28 years. The study was published in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis