ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 09, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(DC) Physical and psychological impact of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) on many women examined. [Debbie GREISEL, Denise MASON- describe their situations.] No. United States women believed suffering from PMS mentioned. [Mary FISHER - describes physical and emotional impact of PMS.] [Nick FISHER - agrees.] [Dr. Ronald NORRIS - lists general symptoms.] [Mary FISHER - describes her uncontrollable rage.] Dr. Katharena Dalton's research findings recalled; disagreement within medical community over whether PMS exists at all cited. [Dr. Mona SHANEGOLD - thinks many blame PMS when other problems are the source of turmoil.] [Mary FISHER, Jodie BUDELMAN - notes society's way of dealing with them.] [NORRIS - describes male- dominated medical community's usual attitude to PMS sufferer.] [Dr. David RUBINOW - believes PMS exists, cites need for further research.] Controversial treatment of PMS, include large doses of hormone progesterone, outlined; potential physical risks from progesterone listed. [Dr. Solomon SOBEL - claims high doses of hormone produce breast cancer in lab animals.] [NORRIS - responds.] FDA (Food and Drug Administration) said not approving progesterone for PMS therapy due to lack of evidence of its effectiveness. [Mary FISHER, Leslie GLENN - fear life without progesterone.] Glenn's past suicide attempt, attributed by her to PMS, mentioned.
REPORTER: George Strait