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Topic: Menopause / Postmenopause



During Menopause, 'Good' Cholesterol May Lose Protective Effect on Heart
HDL cholesterol seems to change, and might encourage plaque build-up, research suggests



Hormone Replacement May Protect Women's Kidneys, Study Suggests
But the finding is considered preliminary and needs more study



Less Sleep May Mean Less Sex After Menopause
Women who reported insomnia were less sexually active, study finds



Abused Women Struggle With More Severe Menopause Symptoms: Study
Doctors should seek evidence and encourage patients to report verbal or physical batterings, expert says



Earlier Hormone Therapy May Pose Less Risk for Menopausal Women
Starting treatment around onset of menopause seems to lower threat to heart, study says



Genes Help Set Menopause Timing: Study
Findings might one day lead to fertility predictions, experts say



Could Too Many Refined Carbs Make You Depressed?
Study found postmenopausal women who ate more processed foods faced higher risk of mood disorder



Smoking, Early Menopause May Shorten Life Span: Study
Cigarettes worsen effects of estrogen deficiency in women who stop menstruating at age 40



Certain Generic Meds May Help Older Patients With Early Breast Cancer
Study found benefit from drugs known as aromatase inhibitors and bisphosphonates



Menopausal Women at Lower Heart Risk Than Men of Similar Age
Study found little difference between menopause types, but black women had less advantage than white



Common Antidepressants Linked to Higher Fracture Odds in Menopausal Women
Drugs like Celexa, Prozac could undermine bone, research suggests



Menopausal Women's Sleep May Suffer at Different Times of the Month
Hormonal fluctuations during menstrual cycle are to blame, study says



Could ADHD Drug Find New Role in Menopause?
Small study suggests Vyvanse might help with concentration, thought organization



Strong Bones After 50? Women May Not Need Next Test Until 65
Fracture risk was very low for younger postmenopausal women with no osteoporosis, study found



Hormone Therapy Doesn't Help Memory: Study
Researchers did see mood improvement in women on oral treatment



Vitamin D, Calcium Don't Reduce Menopause Symptoms
Large study finds no difference between women who took supplements and those who didn't



Hormone Therapy for Menopause Linked to Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Risk of a type of colitis increased somewhat for current HRT users, study found



Early Menopause Tied to Lower Risk of Irregular Heartbeat
Women who entered it before age 44 were slightly less likely to develop atrial fibrillation in study



Angelina Jolie's Choice Not Uncommon for Women With Cancer Gene
Disclosure that she had ovaries removed spotlights issues faced by women with BRCA mutations



More Evidence That Hormone Therapy Might Not Help Women's Hearts
Review also found raised risk of stroke for some, although timing of use may be a key factor



New Study Casts Doubt on Dangers of Hormone Therapy for Hot Flashes
But other experts warn it's too soon to say the treatment is safe



Early Onset Hot Flashes May Point to Raised Heart Disease Risk
Studies found that the daily frequency of episodes seemed to matter, too



Drug May Help Some Breast Cancer Patients Avoid Early Menopause
Standard chemo can end fertility, but adding goserelin helped some survivors go on to conceive, study found



Postmenopausal Women May Be at Risk of Gum Disease
If bone fracture odds are elevated, mouth health likely a concern, researchers say



More Than Half of Women Have Hot Flashes for at Least 7 Years
Finding suggests need for better treatments for menopause-related symptoms, study author says



Health Tip: Avoiding Menopausal Weight Gain
Suggestions to stay trim as you age



Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Early Menopause: CDC
Disorder also associated with other menstrual problems and pelvic pain, study finds



Pesticides, Plastics Chemicals Tied to Earlier Menopause in Women
Research can't prove cause-and-effect, but higher exposures to PCBs, phthalates showed a link



Severe Hot Flashes During Menopause May Raise Hip Fracture Risk Later: Study
Researchers suspect that more marked hormonal changes may explain possible connection



Testosterone Plays Minor Role in Older Women's Sex Lives, Study Finds
Quality of relationships may have more impact on libido



Kids: An Rx for Menopause's Hot Flashes?
'Bonding' hormone may play a role in study's findings, researchers say



No Testosterone Therapy for Healthy Women, New Guidelines State
Benefits unclear, harms unknown, researchers report



Is Soy a Foe to Women With Breast Cancer?
Study raises questions about the effect of its estrogen-like properties



Exercise May Guard Against Irregular Heartbeat in Older Women
Study found it lowered risk even if they were obese



Early Hormone Therapy May Be Safe for Women's Hearts
Hormone replacement started soon after menopause wasn't linked to hardening of the arteries in study



Is Coffee Aggravating Your Hot Flashes?
Researchers suggest women skip caffeine if they're bothered by menopausal symptoms



Losing Weight May Ease Hot Flashes, Study Finds
Doctors say extra fat, and the extra estrogen it produces, make menopause tougher for heavy women



More Painkillers May Raise Heart Risks for Older Women: Review
Class of drugs that includes naproxen linked to increased chance of heart attack, stroke, but finding not conclusive



Migraines May Worsen During Menopause
Women in perimenopause, menopause have more migraines than premenopausal women, study finds



PMS Not Linked to Hot Flashes Later, Study Finds
But, women with PMS are more likely to have memory, concentration issues after menopause



Drug May Lower Odds of Early Menopause in Breast Cancer Patients
When added to chemotherapy, it also boosted survival rates, researchers report



Antidepressant Eases Menopause-Related Symptoms, Study Finds
Effexor nearly as good as estrogen therapy for reducing hot flashes, night sweats, researchers report



Early Menopause Linked to Heart Failure Risk in Swedish Study
Association was even stronger among women who had a history of smoking, researchers say



Premature Menopause May Affect Women's Brains
Greater declines in memory and mental function seen in women with premature menopause: study



So-Called 'Apple Shape' Not a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer: Study
Overweight, not waist size, was tied to higher odds of developing disease in older women



Bleeding Irregularities Common in Menopause, Study Finds
Report should reassure women at this stage of life, researcher says



Time Spent With Grandkids Might Boost Women's Brain Power
But don't overdo it: Study found that too much babysitting was tied to mental decline



Health Tip: Avoid Weight Gain During Menopause
Eat right and get plenty of exercise



Health Tip: When Early Menopause Strikes
Here are common reasons



'Nerve Block' to Neck Might Help Ease Hot Flashes
Women in small study suffered fewer moderate-to-severe episodes due to menopause



Sex Is Important to Many Midlife Women
Study finds some challenges with sexual function that can be remedied



Postmenopausal Hormone Rx May Cut Risk for Glaucoma
Findings significant with estrogen-only postmenopausal hormone treatment



For Many Women, Hot Flashes Last 10 Years or More After Menopause
Obese white women and black women most prone to the condition, study finds



Postmenopausal Estrogen Therapy Tied to Lower Glaucoma Risk
Effect seen for women on estrogen-only treatment in study, but experts say more research is needed



High Estradiol Levels Linked to Dementia in Women
Risk even higher in women who also have diabetes



High Estrogen Levels Plus Diabetes May Boost Dementia Risk
Study of older women found having more of hormone from fat tissue after age 65 unwise



Too Much Sitting May Be Harmful for Older Women
12-year study of 93,000 women found higher risk of early death for least active



Conventional Versus Intensive T1DM Tx Not Tied to Menopause
Lower risk of natural menopause with increasing insulin dose; BMI tied to risk of surgical menopause



Guideline Adherence Cuts Cancer Risk in Postmenopausal Women
Following American Cancer Society cancer prevention guidelines lowers mortality



Guidelines for Management of Menopausal Symptoms Issued
Care should be personalized; lowest effective dose recommended for shortest time to relieve symptoms



Romosozumab Increases Bone Mineral Density Post-Menopause
Over 12-month period, increases seen in bone mineral density at lumbar spine, total hip, femoral neck



Experts Lay Out Options for Menopause Symptoms
Evidence grows that antidepressants can help, new guidelines say



Age at First Childbirth Influences Later Diabetes Risk
Childbirth at ≤19 years independently linked to increased odds of diabetes post menopause



No Link Between Menopausal Hormones and Cognition
Also no association between hormones and mood



Estrogen Won't Make Women Sharper After Menopause, Study Finds
Researchers see no brain benefits even in early postmenopause



Depression Risk Drops From Pre- to Post-Final Period
Likelihood of overall, post-menopause depressive symptoms up for women with history of depression



Hormone Therapy May Work Only for Women With Hot Flashes
Study finds gains in memory, sleep and focus aren't universal



SfN: Estrogen Mitigates Effect of Stress on Memory
Stress has no effect on working memory in women with high estrogen levels



Estrogen After Menopause May Blunt Stress' Effects on Memory
In small study, older women with higher hormone levels didn't show memory decline



Ladies, Take 5 Steps to Avoid Osteoporosis
Many women unaware the risk of bone-thinning disease rises after menopause, experts say



Could a Neck Injection Ease Tough-to-Bear Hot Flashes?
Small study suggests treatment may offer non-hormonal relief after menopause



Yoga Fails to Cool Hot Flashes, But May Aid Sleep
Expert says longer study might have found more benefit for menopausal women



FDA OKs Drug to Treat Hot Flashes in Menopausal Women
Clinical trials also showed some protection against bone loss; blood clots are a risk



Walking Linked to Reduced Breast Cancer Risk
As little as an hour a day reduces risk among postmenopausal women



Yoga Ineffective for Reducing Hot Flashes in Menopause
But helpful for reducing symptoms of insomnia



Study Compares Heart Risks for 2 Hormonal Regimens
Premarin may have bigger impact in cardiovascular system, research suggests



New Analysis Confirms Hormone Therapy Won't Prevent Disease After Menopause
But follow-up research shows that short-term use for hot flashes remains an option



Vitamin D Alone Doesn't Better Postmenopausal Bone Health
However, vitamin D in combination with calcium, or calcium alone, reduces bone turnover markers



More Menopausal Women Hospitalized for Asthma, Study Finds
Biggest discrepancy in rates between men and women seen during 40s and 50s



New Hope for Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer
Blood test combined with ultrasound exam may help doctors catch the 'silent killer' early



Exercise Won't Ease Hot Flashes, Study Finds
But it did help a little with insomnia, depression, researchers report



New Clues About Hot Flashes and the Brain
Scientists say findings eventually may improve treatments



Menopausal Hot Flashes Might Be More Intense for Cancer Survivors
But these women may cope better than others, study also found



Avoidance of Hormone Therapy May Have Harmed Hysterectomy Patients: Study
For older women without a uterus, estrogen may save lives, researchers say



Women With HIV May Suffer More From Hot Flashes
Small study suggests these patients may need more help dealing with the menopausal symptom



Quitting Smoking May Boost Diabetes Risk Slightly in Older Women
But heart and lung benefits outweigh the risk, expert says



FDA Approves First Non-Hormonal Tx for Hot Flashes
Drug contains active ingredient found in antidepressant Paxil



First Non-Hormonal Remedy Approved for Menopausal Hot Flashes
Contains active ingredient in antidepressant Paxil



Women on Hormone Therapy May Benefit From Extra Calcium, Vitamin D
Study found hip fracture rate was 57 percent lower in those also taking supplements



HRT in Early 50s Has No Impact on Women's Memory, Thinking: Study
Review of hormone therapy didn't find risk or benefit to brain function



How Estrogen May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections After Menopause
Laboratory study suggests vaginal supplementation would benefit some women



ENDO: Testosterone Beneficial After Surgical Menopause
Evidence of a dose-dependent effect, with improvements seen in sexual function



Exercise Improves Metabolic Syndrome Post-Menopause
Dose-dependent trend toward improvement in components of metabolic syndrome



Did Men's Yen for Younger Women Cause Menopause?
Study found bias may have sidelined older women sexually, prompted changes that led to infertility



Hysterectomy May Not Raise Heart Risks After All: Study
Finding might reassure women considering the procedure, researcher says



Health Tip: Manage Menopause
Eat right and don't smoke



Menopause Education Lacking in U.S. Residency Programs
Only one-fifth of residents are in program with menopause medicine learning curriculum



Zoledronic Acid Linked to Early Increase in Sclerostin Levels
For postmenopausal women, sclerostin up within two days; returns near to baseline after 360 days



Vitamin D May Help Prevent Uterine Fibroids
Women with adequate levels of the nutrient less likely to get the noncancerous growths, study shows



Menopause-Like Woes Hinder Breast Cancer Treatment: Study
One-quarter of patients fail to start or complete recommended therapy, researchers find



AACR: Exercise Tied to Reduced Estrogens Post-Menopause
Increased physical activity linked to lower levels of estradiol, estrone, four estrogen metabolites



Physical Activity Improves Sleep for Menopausal Women
Leisure time, physical activity improve sleep characteristics for women with vasomotor symptoms



More Evidence Shows Hormone Therapy May Increase Breast Cancer Risk
In new analysis, researchers found risk highest when used just before menopause



Age of Menarche, Menopause Linked to Cardiovascular Risk
History of onset may help identify women predisposed to heart disease, osteoporosis



New Method May Help Pinpoint Woman's Final Menstrual Period
Doctors could use information to start preventive treatment for bone loss, researcher says



Hormone Pills in Menopause May Carry Gallstone Side Effects
Large French study did not show similar risk for women on estrogen patch or gel



Daily Aspirin Linked to Lower Risk for Deadly Skin Cancer in Women
Large study found up to 30 percent reduced odds of developing melanoma



Survey Tallies Menopause Symptoms' Toll
As hot flash severity rises, productivity and quality of life may fall



FDA Approves Drug for Older Women Experiencing Painful Sex
Osphena taken for 12 weeks found safe, effective in reducing discomfort



Women With Alzheimer's-Linked Gene Show Faster Cell Aging
Early study found no such effect on women using hormone replacement therapy