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Postmenopausal Women Should Still Avoid HRT

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:15:08 +0100

Yet again, the nation's leading authority on preventive medicine says postmenopausal women should avoid hormone replacement therapy (HRT). (Source: WebMD Health)

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Final USPSTF Rec: Don't Use HRT to Prevent Chronic Illness Final USPSTF Rec: Don't Use HRT to Prevent Chronic Illness

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:59:37 +0100

The US Preventive Services Task Force's final recommendation follows its previous guidance from 2012. Hormone replacement therapy has benefits, members say, but also well-documented harms.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Postmenopausal Women Should Still Steer Clear of HRT: Task Force

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:51 +0100

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 -- Yet again, the nation's leading authority on preventive medicine says postmenopausal women should avoid hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is standing by its original recommendation... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Lab-grown ovaries could replace drugs for menopausal women

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:02:12 +0100

New research in rats by Wake Forest in North Carolina found bioengineering artificial ovaries could provide a safer and more natural hormone replacement therapy for women. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Lab-engineered ovaries superior to hormone drugs in animal model

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) New research in rats suggests the possibility of bioengineering artificial ovaries in the lab to provide a safer, more natural hormone replacement therapy for women. A safe therapy, with the potential to improve bone and uterine health, as well as body composition, is expected to become increasing important as the population ages. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)



Hormone replacement therapy may protect your memory

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 18:00:16 +0100

Hormone replacement therapy may protect short term memory loss caused by stress in menopausal women, new research from the University of Southern California suggests. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Consumer Health: Heart health and hormone replacement therapy

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Hormone replacement therapy and your heart Long-term hormone replacement therapy used to be prescribed routinely for postmenopausal women to relieve hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy also was thought to reduce the risk of heart disease. However, research results have been mixed, including one trial that found a small increase in heart [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)



Confirmed: Hormone replacement drugs, pushed heavily by doctors and pharma, found to accelerate the growth of breast cancer cells

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:08:54 +0100

(Natural News) Hormone replacement therapy is often touted for any number of things; these kinds of drugs are often given to women under the guise of reducing heart disease risk and minimizing the effects of menopause, for example. But are they really safe? While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) first gained popularity for reducing signs of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Menopause hormone therapy not linked to premature death

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:41:58 +0100

According to a study published inJAMA, women who take hormone replacement therapy may be no more likely to die prematurely than women who do not take hormones.Reuters  (Source: Society for Endocrinology)



HRT will not shorten lives, women told after new research published

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:05:11 +0100

Follow-up to alarming reports issued at turn of century says women on therapy do not die sooner than those on placebosWomen will be able to take hormone replacement pills without worrying that the therapy will shorten their lifespans, according to the longest follow-up yet of research that raised fears about the risks of a once-popular treatment.That earlier research was stopped early when unexpected harm was found to be caused by the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – oestrogen alone or in combination with progestin, a synthetic hormone.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



Up to 7 years of hormone therapy is safe for postmenopausal women, new data show

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:20:00 +0100

For decades now, women navigating menopause have been buffeted by shifting research findings on the risks and possible benefits of hormone-replacement therapy. Now, a landmark clinical trial that followed more than 27,000 subjects for roughly 18 years has offered some conclusive evidence that neither... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)

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Menopause hormone therapy not linked to premature death

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:33:49 +0100

(Reuters Health) - Women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to ease menopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats may be no more likely to die prematurely than women who don ’t take hormones, a new study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)



HRT news: Hormone replacement therapy 'slashes risk of early death in middle aged women'

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:01:45 +0100

HORMONE replacement therapy slashes a middle aged woman's risk of an early death by almost a third, according to new research. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Could Hormone Supplements for Menopause Make a Comeback?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0100

New study suggests the therapy won't increase risk of early death Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Hormone Replacement Therapy (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



Why Hormone Replacement Therapy May Be Safer Than You Think

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:46:55 +0100

The pendulum has swung from one extreme to the other when it comes to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat symptoms of menopause. At first, the replacement hormones—mostly a combination of estrogen and progestin to replace what the body stops making after menopause—were seen as a panacea. Doctors thought they could not only relieve hot flashes and night sweats, but also prevent chronic aging diseases like heart problems and weakening bones. But studies then found that the supplement hormones could lead to a higher risk of breast cancer—and that they didn’t protect the heart after all. In the latest study on the subject, published in JAMA, researchers led by Dr. JoAnn Manson from the division of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital report o...



Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Why Mortality Outcomes Are ‘ Vital ’ Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Why Mortality Outcomes Are ‘ Vital ’

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:01:23 +0100

Dr JoAnn Manson is the lead author of a new report that examined all-cause and cause-specific mortality among women who have taken hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms.Medscape Ob/Gyn (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Could Hormone Supplements for Menopause Make a Comeback?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:09:01 +0100

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 -- The door may be opening again for menopausal women suffering from hot flashes and night sweats to receive some relief from a source once thought too dangerous to consider, researchers say. Hormone replacement therapy to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



HRT can slow decline in lung function for middle-aged women

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0100

Hormone replacement therapy can slow the decline in lung function in middle-aged women, according to new research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress.Medical Xpress (Source: Society for Endocrinology)



Sex drive boost: HRT patch could be more effective than pills, experts reveal

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:22:00 +0100

HORMONE replacement therapy is a treatment used to relieve symptoms of the menopause, but now experts - including Dr Chris Steele - have said using a patch could boost women ’s sex drive and libido. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Could an Estrogen Patch Boost Women's Sex Lives in Menopause?

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 18:00:00 +0100

Study suggests that, given this way, short-term use of the hormone may help those who report symptoms Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Hormone Replacement Therapy, Menopause, Sexual Problems in Women (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

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Caster Semenya could be forced to undertake hormone therapy for future Olympics

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 02:39:45 +0100

Study shows performance-boosting effects of testosterone in female athletes, reopening controversial debate about intersex and hyperandrogenous competitorsUsing testosterone to categorise male and female athletes isn ’t perfect, but it’s the best solution we haveCaster Semenya, the Olympic 800m champion, may be banned from competing at future Games unless she undergoes hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or even surgery in the wake of a landmark study into athletes with raised testosterone levels which has just been published.The International Association of Athletics Federations, the world governing body, commissioned research which has produced the most conclusive evidence yet that female athletes with very high levels of naturally occurring testosterone receive significant performance...



Luteolin: How To Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:59:45 +0100

More than 100 women die of breast cancer in the U.S. every day. It's the second leading cause of cancer deaths in American women. But in my opinion, many of those women really die of a tragic medical error. Let me explain… Millions of women in the U.S. have taken Big Pharma's hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Their doctors prescribe it to try to relieve the symptoms of menopause. Like hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and weight gain. But what the drug companies try to pass off as hormones are actually synthetic concoctions. They are fake versions of the estrogen and progesterone that your body makes naturally. In other words, they are drugs. And they are dangerous. Big Pharma's fake progesterone is called "progestin." Studies show progestin increases the b...



Women losing out over hormone therapy fears, some experts say

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:00:36 +0100

The risk of heart attack, stroke or breast cancer due to hormone replacement therapy has been overstated, and that has scared away some women who could benefit from it, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada said at its annual conference in Ottawa this week. (Source: CBC | Health)



Mithra receives approval in France to market hormone replacement therapy Tibelia

Tue, 30 May 2017 23:00:00 +0100

Women's health specialist Mithra has received a marketing authorisation (MA) for the commercialisation of Tibelia in France. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)



Expanding waistline linked to an increased risk of cancer

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:00:00 +0100

Conclusion This study provides more evidence of the link between excess body fat and 10 cancers. Though the percentage increases sound large, it's important to put these results into context. For example, the baseline risk of postmenopausal cancer was 2.2% – it occurred in 555 of the 24,751 women in the study. For women who hadn't used hormone therapy, this would increase to a risk of 2.7% if they had a BMI of 30 compared with 26, or a waist circumference of 95cm compared with 84cm. This accounts for only an extra 5 cases in every 1,000 women. This large study involved older adults from European countries, so the results should be applicable to people in the UK. Its strengths also include the fact researchers analysed data for each individual rather than relying on published results ...

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When Your Doctor Prescribes A Vibrator For Your Aging Vagina

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:02:54 +0100

Doctors have been adding a new tool to the arsenal of how they restore the sex lives of menopausal and post-menopausal women: the humble vibrator. With the onset of menopause, a decrease in the production of hormones causes vaginal tissue to get thinner and drier. Vaginal muscles can also atrophy, leading to painful sex ― a problem for half of all menopausal and post-menopausal women, according to the National Institutes of Health. But the solution might be as simple as a vibrating piece of silicon.  Vibrators that are used internally stimulate pelvic blood flow, which increases vaginal moisture and boosts sexual response, all of which makes sex (with or without a partner) better. Like any muscle, the vagina is best kept healthy with regular exercise —...



Hormone Therapy Not Advised for Preventing Disease After Menopause

Tue, 16 May 2017 18:00:00 +0100

Benefits of treatment don't outweigh the risks, U.S. task force reiterates Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Hormone Replacement Therapy (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



4 Women On What It's Really Like To Live With A Mental Illness

Mon, 15 May 2017 21:16:55 +0100

Opening up about struggles with mental illness can be a daunting task. Many people don’t feel comfortable doing it ― even though such illnesses are quite common.  About 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience mental illness in a given year, and 1 in 25 adults will have a debilitating mental illness that can interfere with their daily lives. Although mental illness can affect anyone, women are at a higher risk for many conditions, including anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. They’re also 70 percent more likely than men to experience depression. In an effort to encourage more people to share their struggles, we talked to four women about diagnosis and treatment for a variety of mental health issues. Here’s what they’ve learned along the way ...



Hormone Replacement Therapy Tied to Hearing Loss

Mon, 15 May 2017 07:00:00 +0100

Title: Hormone Replacement Therapy Tied to Hearing LossCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/12/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/15/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Menopause General)



HRT Linked to Women's Hearing Loss HRT Linked to Women's Hearing Loss

Fri, 12 May 2017 14:44:56 +0100

Women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help alleviate symptoms of the menopause may have an increased risk of hearing loss, a study has found.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Hormone Replacement Therapy Tied to Hearing Loss

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:05:45 +0100

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 -- Hearing loss has been linked to several factors associated with menopause, a new study says. One factor is your age at menopause. An older age is tied to a higher risk of hearing troubles. And, a second factor is the use of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Hormone replacement therapy: Women who take HRT during menopause 'risk hearing loss'

Thu, 11 May 2017 13:15:25 +0100

WOMEN who take hormone replacement therapy during the menopause risk hearing loss, a study revealed. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Hormone replacement therapy may increase risk of hearing loss

Thu, 11 May 2017 12:00:00 +0100

A new study, published inMenopause,examines the link between menopausal age, the use of oral hormonal therapy, and hearing loss.Medical News Today (Source: Society for Endocrinology)

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Medical News Today: Hormone replacement therapy may increase risk of hearing loss

Wed, 10 May 2017 16:00:00 +0100

A new, first-of-its-kind study investigates the link between hormone replacement therapy and hearing loss in menopausal and postmenopausal women. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



HRT raises the risk of hearing loss by up to 21%

Wed, 10 May 2017 04:00:46 +0100

A study by doctors in Boston, US, found women who take hormone replacement therapy to cope with menopause increase their chances of hearing loss by up to 21 per cent. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Antibiotic use linked to 'pre-cancerous' bowel changes

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:30:00 +0100

Conclusion Antibiotics, like all drugs, have side effects. We know that they affect the composition of bacteria that live in a healthy gut. This study suggests that might possibly be linked to future development of bowel cancer. However, there are some major limitations to keep in mind. Bowel polyps are very common, and they're not cancerous. Most people who have them won't know they're there, unless they have a colonoscopy. Some polyps do develop into bowel cancer, but we don't know if any of these women got bowel cancer, or how many of their polyps would have become cancerous if not treated. It's highly possible that women aged 60 might not remember accurately how often they used antibiotics in their 20s, or for how long. So we can't be sure whether women were over-estimating or under-es...



TV Ads Help Drive Testosterone Supplement Sales

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:03:26 +0100

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 -- TV ads have helped spur a boom in testosterone treatments, convincing many men that they need hormone replacement therapy, a new study suggests. In places where testosterone therapy ads ran, researchers discovered... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



The evidence base for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): what can we believe?

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:58:44 +0100

The'facts'that most women and clinicians consider in making the decision to use, or not use, HRT are frequently wrong or incorrectly applied according to a professor. New research raises serious questions about the'facts'that have led women and their doctors to believe hormone therapy (often called HRT) is unsafe. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Hormone replacement therapy reduces risk of early death

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0100

Women who use hormone replacement therapy have significantly decreased risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a study being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 66th Annual Scientific Session& Expo on 17 March.Telegraph (Source: Society for Endocrinology)



Women who take HRT may live LONGER

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:58:54 +0100

Women who take hormone replacement therapy to cope with the symptoms of the menopause may live longer, research from California suggests. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Hormone replacement therapy: Women on HRT 'likely to live LONGER'

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:01:00 +0100

WOMEN on hormone replacement therapy are likely to live longer, new research suggests. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Take hormone replacement therapy and you will live longer, women told

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:01:00 +0100

WOMEN on hormone replacement therapy are likely to live longer, according to new research. And those using HRT to relieve the symptoms of the menopause were also less likely to have potentially fatal blocked arteries. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Study: Hormone replacement therapy may help improve women's heart health, overall survival

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Cedars-Sinai Medical Center) Hormone replacement therapy has long been controversial as studies have associated it with health benefits and risks. While some studies suggest that it lowers the risk of osteoporosis and improves some aspects of heart health, others link it to higher risk of cancer and stroke. Now, a new imaging study suggests that women using hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopause symptoms face a lower risk of death and show lower levels of atherosclerosis compared to women who do not use hormone therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)

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Wide range of cancers now linked to being overweight

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:40:00 +0100

Conclusion The results of this study provide further evidence for the link between increasing levels of fat and the risk of developing certain cancers. There was strong evidence for nine cancers, with another two – ovarian cancer and stomach cancer – included when comparing obesity with healthy weight. This study is important in showing the significance of fat levels and obesity in cancer risk. But there are some important things to consider: The study doesn't tell us how excess body fat might play a role in the development of certain cancers, just that there's a link. Some studies might have been missed, as the review relied on other researchers to include all the most recent and relevant studies in their meta-analyses. Other studies were statistically significant but of mixed...



First hormone replacement therapy for parathyroid disorder

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:00:00 +0100

The European Medicines Agency has recommended granting a conditional marketing authorisation in the EU for an orphan medicine proposed as a treatment for chronic hypoparathyroidism, in patients poorly controlled using standard treatments.European Medicines Agency (Source: Society for Endocrinology)



Taking hormone replacement therapy for at least 10 years 'can reduce dementia risk'

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:08:00 +0100

TAKING hormone replacement therapy for at least 10 years reduces the risk of dementia, according to new research. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Postmenopausal hormone therapy exceeding ten years may protect from dementia

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:38:59 +0100

Postmenopausal estrogen-based hormone therapy lasting longer than ten years was associated with a decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease in a large study. The study explored the association between postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy, Alzheimer's disease, dementia and cognition in two nation-wide case-control studies and two longitudinal cohort studies. The largest study comprised approximately 230,000 Finnish women and the follow-up time in different studies was up to 20 years. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Medical News Today: Scientists use stem cells to restore testosterone

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 08:00:00 +0100

Researchers have used stem cells to create testosterone-producing cells in rodents. This may provide an alternative to hormone replacement therapy. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



Almost 20 percent of breast cancer patients fail to complete prescribed endocrine therapy

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0100

(European Society for Medical Oncology) Around 20 percent of breast cancer patients do not complete prescribed endocrine therapy, researchers report at the ESMO Asia 2016 Congress in Singapore. The study in over 5,500 women found that younger patients and those who had taken hormone replacement therapy were less likely to adhere to their medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



Stopping Hormone Replacement Therapy Doesn't Boost Hip Fractures Stopping Hormone Replacement Therapy Doesn't Boost Hip Fractures

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:42:54 +0100

Data from two large trials in the Woman's Health Initiative (WHI) suggest that stopping hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does not lead to a rebound increase in fracture risk.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)



HRT Improves Bone Health in Young Menopausal Women HRT Improves Bone Health in Young Menopausal Women

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:00:25 +0100

Postmenopausal women taking hormone-replacement therapy have gains in bone-mineral density, mass, and structure, which persist for up to 2 years after treatment stops.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)



Growth Hormone Enhances Anaerobic Capacity Growth Hormone Enhances Anaerobic Capacity

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:06:54 +0100

Growth hormone replacement therapy may help improve physical function and quality of life among GH-deficient adults.Clinical Endocrinology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Have YOU started menopause without knowing it? Most women do not know the symptoms of a common treatable condition that makes sex painful

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 04:00:52 +0100

Vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA) affects 45 per cent of over-40-year-olds. It is a typical side effect of the menopause, which can be treated with hormone replacement therapy to restore the thinning tissue. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Five Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0100

By Stacy Simon While you can’t change some breast cancer risk factors—family history and aging, for example—there are some risk factors that you can control. And while there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, there are things you can do that may lower your risk. Here are 5 ways to help protect your breast health. 1. Watch your weight. Being overweight or obese increases breast cancer risk. This is especially true after menopause and for women who gain weight as adults. After menopause, most of your estrogen comes from fat tissue. Having more fat tissue can increase your chance of getting breast cancer by raising estrogen levels. Also, women who are overweight tend to have higher levels of insulin, another hormone. Higher insulin levels have also been linked to some ...



Contraceptive pills not proven to protect against the flu

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:30:00 +0100

Conclusion These are interesting scientific findings but they have limited implications. Animal studies are useful for giving an indication of how biological processes may work in humans but we're not identical. Then the scenarios tested here – the progesterone, or the flu injection – can be taken as representative of real-life in humans. For one thing all the mice had surgery to remove their ovaries before being infected. It makes sense that the mice that had been given some additional recovery boost in the form of hormone replacement may have been in a better health state than those left hormone depleted. They were also directly inoculated through the nose with a flu dose that has previously been demonstrated to be lethal in these animals, and the animals did die. It's just those ...



Risk for Breast Cancer With HRT Higher Than Thought? Risk for Breast Cancer With HRT Higher Than Thought?

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:05:50 +0100

Hormone replacement therapy with a combination of estrogen and progestogen triples the risk for breast cancer, a new study concludes.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)



Breast cancer risk from hormone replacement underestimated, study says

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:51:36 +0100

Stephen FellerLONDON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Women receiving combined hormone replacement therapy are at three times the risk for breast cancer as women receiving either estrogen-only HRT or tibolone. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

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Combined HRT breast cancer risk 'may have been underestimated'

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:28:00 +0100

Conclusion This study shows a link between the use of combined oestrogen and progesterone HRT and breast cancer risk, particularly among women who take the pill for a long period of time. But this is not the entire story. The study included a large cohort of women. The risk increase for combined HRT is based on only 52 of the 39,183 women taking the combined pill who developed breast cancer. Of these, only seven women had been taking the pill for more than 15 years. Therefore, the analysis was based on a very small number, which may mean the risk associations are not completely accurate. Assessments were based on self-report questionnaires, so there is a possibility of recall bias. For example, some information about use of HRT pills was collected from women after their breast can...



British study finds risk of breast cancer nearly tripled by combined HRT

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:13:00 +0100

2% of women monitored for six years got breast cancer – and they were 2.7 times more likely to contract it if they were on combined HRT than if they were notWomen who rely on the most commonly used form of hormone replacement therapy are roughly three times more likely to develop breast cancer than those who do not use it, according to a study whose results suggest the risk of illness has been previously understated.Those using the combined HRT therapy, a combination of oestrogen and progestogen, were running a risk 2.7 times greater than non-users, according to a study by scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



Women's cancer risk may increase the longer they're obese

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:00:00 +0100

Conclusion This study adds to evidence that being overweight or obese for long periods of time may increase the risk of certain cancers, just as it increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The study's size and use of BMI measurements over time mean it is likely to be more reliable than smaller studies, or those that look at BMI only at one time point. The design allows researchers to look at how weight during a lifetime, rather than at one single point in life, may affect cancer risk. However, there are limitations. It's an observational study, so while researchers took account of known confounding factors such as smoking and exercise, it's always possible some factors were not accounted for. This means the study cannot prove that overweight directly caused cancer. The o...



Menopause 'may mix up exercise reward pathways in the brain'

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:30:00 +0100

Conclusion This research uses an animal model of human menopause – surgically removing the ovaries – to see what effect this would have on rats bred to have either high or low exercise capacity.   As oestrogen has been shown to have an effect on dopamine activity in the brain's motivation centre, the researchers expected that ovary removal would have an effect on the rats' activity. However, what was unexpected was that having prior high exercise capacity seemed to give no protection – these rats seemed to decrease their activity much more than rats that had low activity to start with. These findings could be stretched to explain a possible reason why women who've been through natural or induced menopause (such as having their ovaries removed) may feel less motivated to exercis...



Women who have ovaries removed to slash risk of cancer 'have a greater risk of dementia'

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:12:55 +0100

Researchers from Toronto University But said taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) pills may halt the cognitive decline in women after having their ovaries taken out. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Women who go through the change earlier 'are more likely to die young'

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:18:55 +0100

However, hormone replacement therapy appears to have a rejuvenating effect, say the researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



The extra curse of the Angelina gene: Women who have their ovaries removed to slash the risk of cancer 'have a greater risk of dementia'

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:00:46 +0100

Researchers from Toronto University But said taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) pills may halt the cognitive decline in women after having their ovaries taken out. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Going through the menopause? Hormone Replacement Therapy does NOT affect memory

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:55:00 +0100

HORMONE replacement therapy used by millions of women before and after the menopause does not impact memory, scientists have found. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Hormone Therapy Won't Help Memory After Menopause

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0100

5-year study found no difference in thinking skills, with or without estrogen treatment Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Hormone Replacement Therapy, Memory, Menopause (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



HRT May Up BMD in Premature Ovarian FailureHRT May Up BMD in Premature Ovarian Failure

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:37:25 +0100

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be superior to the combined oral contraception pill (COCP) in increasing spinal bone density in women with spontaneous premature ovarian failure (POF), researchers in London, UK, report. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:27:46 +0100

Image Source Who doesn't want to enjoy the whole life offered by God with full zest? However, it is only possible when one is at his best health. As the age increases, the body starts experiencing various kinds of hormonal changes which interfere with the normal functioning of the body as well as leading to diseases many a times. Some of the common problem faced by people due to hormonal misbalance includes weight gain, memory decline, fatigue, low libido, and aging appearance and muscle loss. With advancements in the field of medical science, now you don't need to bother anymore about these problems. Yes, it is curable now and enables you to enjoy beaming health throughout your life What is Hormone Replacement Therapy? So, what does hormone replacement therapy refer to? It is basically...



Women’s Health Initiative may account for insomnia’s upward trend

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:05:11 +0100

DENVER – Much of the rising prevalence of insomnia among U.S. and Canadian adults may be driven by the sharp reduction in the use of hormone replacement therapy following the 2002 report from the... (Source: Clinical Endocrinology News)



Study suggests that inflammation is behind period pain

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0100

Conclusion This study found that middle-aged women with elevated CRP levels were more likely to report symptoms of PMS. The study had a good sample size, and represented a racially diverse and community-based sample of women who could be generalised to the US population of middle-aged women. However, there are a few points to bear in mind: It is unclear whether CRP levels were measured two weeks before a woman's period, so the results may differ, depending on the stage of the menstrual cycle. As the researchers acknowledge, some of the associations observed may have resulted from other exposures, such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical activity and depressive symptoms. It is difficult to imply the direction of effect/causation. A longitudinal study would be needed to bett...



Here’s something unexpected: Sunbathers live longer

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 13:30:17 +0100

This study detected an association between sun exposure and a lower frequency of certain causes of death; however, that’s not the same as proving that sun exposure was the cause of longer life. It could turn out that there is another explanation for these results that has little to do with sun exposure itself. For example, perhaps people with more sun exposure tend to be more active, smoke less, and have healthier diets. The researchers tried to account for other factors such as these in their analysis, but it’s always possible that something important was overlooked. The reason why more sun exposure might prolong life or prevent heart disease deaths could not be determined by this study. Because the sun’s UV light triggers chemical reactions in the skin that lead to the production o...



Migraines linked to increased heart disease risk in women

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 13:30:00 +0100

Conclusion This study shows a strong link between migraine and cardiovascular disease, extending the link already found between migraine and stroke. However, many questions remain. We don't know if the results are relevant to men who have migraines, as all the people in the study were women. We also don't know if the results apply to non-white populations, as most of the women in the study were white. Previous studies on stroke have shown that the group at highest risk is who get an "aura" before a migraine – sensation(s) that tells them the migraine is on its way. But this study did not ask people about aura, so we don't know whether it's only people with aura who are at risk of heart disease. We don't know what causes the increased risk of cardiovascular disease for people...



Prescribing hormone replacement therapy

Wed, 25 May 2016 09:36:58 +0100

What to consider when prescribing HRT to treat symptoms of menopaus, including six questions to ask, a treatment pathway and simple formulary, and three case studies to test GPs' awareness of appropriate prescribing options. (Source: GP Online Education)



Reader Poll: How Early Do You Start Your Patients on HRT?Reader Poll: How Early Do You Start Your Patients on HRT?

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:46:37 +0100

A new study suggests that timing of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may influence a menopausal woman’s risk of developing heart disease. Will it change how you prescribe HRT? Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Medical news: A case for skepticism

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:00:35 +0100

When you read medical news, do you ever get drawn in by the headline only to find the details deliver something quite different (or less) than expected? Or do the findings sound so dramatic that you wonder whether the results might be exaggerated or misleading? If you answered yes, I’m with you. The reasons to be skeptical are many. And it’s not that there are evil people out there deliberately trying to mislead you — well, there are a few of those, but only a few. Pressures on those that bring us health news make it almost certain that at times, information will be biased, incomplete, or flat-out wrong. I’m not talking about research findings that seem misleading because they are eventually debunked by future studies. For example, only a few years ago, doctors believed hormone rep...



Can HRT in early menopause cut heart disease risk?

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 06:15:00 +0100

ConclusionThis double-blind RCT found that women taking HRT less than six years after the menopause had slower artery wall thickening than those taking a placebo. This represented the main measure of atherosclerosis progression tested; other measures showed no difference, so the results were not as conclusive as they could have been. Women taking HRT 10 or more years after menopause also showed no difference in atherosclerosis progression compared with a placebo, further complicating the picture.An important limitation of this study is the lack of a patient relevant endpoint, such as cardiovascular events or mortality. Previous studies from the 1980s have indicated that hormone therapy is linked to a reduction in heart disease in postmenopausal women, but had problems in the design of the ...



Menopause hormone clot risk lower for vaginal creams and skin patches

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 21:57:07 +0100

(Reuters Health) - Women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to ease menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats may have a lower risk of blood clots if they use estrogens applied vaginally or via skin patches, a Swedish study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Possible heart benefits of taking oestrogen get another look

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0100

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine investigates the link between the timing of hormone replacement therapy and atherosclerotic health. NPR (Source: Society for Endocrinology)



Hot flush menopause misery could be over due to new wonder pill

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:32:38 +0100

Developed by a team at Imperial College, London, the new treatment works completely differently from hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The ‘very important’ advance could improve millions of lives. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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New treatment for hot flushes could improve lives of millions

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:28:40 +0100

Some women can experience up to 30 hot flushes in a 24-hour period, seriously disrupting their sleep, relationships and work (Source: Telegraph Health)



Talc and ovarian cancer: what the most recent evidence shows

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 10:30:00 +0100

Conclusion This case-control study aimed to investigate the association between talc use and ovarian cancer. The researchers found a significant link between genital talc use and ovarian cancer – an increase in risk of a third, compared with no use. However, the study has important limitations and is not able to prove direct cause and effect. Although this was a case-control study that made use of data collected as part of an ongoing cohort study, talc use only seems to have been assessed after cancer diagnosis.  The study says that, "subjects were personally interviewed about potential ovarian cancer risk factors that occurred more than one year before diagnosis". There is therefore a possibility that women recalled their talc use inaccurately, leading to misclassification...



Talcum Powder: Just How Much Risk Does It Pose?

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 02:38:12 +0100

Johnson & Johnson is a trusted name whose baby powder has long been a staple of many homes. The powder absorbs excess moisture and protects skin from chafing and irritating rashes. Women in particular use it as a part of feminine hygiene. Now we are being told that this household item could be linked to cancer. Johnson & Johnson just lost a huge lawsuit brought by the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer after years of using the product. The decision wasn't actually based on hard evidence of a known link between talc and ovarian cancer, leading to a lot of confusion for consumers. Baby powder's main ingredient is talc -- a natural product made of magnesium, silicon, hydrogen and oxygen. In addition to baby powder, talc is found in a lot of cosmetic products. Talc baby powder wa...



Worsening Migraine During HRT Tied to Increased Stroke Risk Worsening Migraine During HRT Tied to Increased Stroke Risk

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 22:04:50 +0100

Women who have worsening migraines while receiving hormone replacement therapy are at increased risk for ischemic stroke, new research suggests. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)



HRT for elderly men could boost libido and make them happier

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 22:00:09 +0100

A 'landmark' new study has suggested that should consider taking hormone replacement therapy to boost their sex drive and improve their moods (Source: Telegraph Health)

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The Myth of Male Menopause

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:10:55 +0100

By John Swartzberg, M.D. It's been dubbed "manopause" or "andropause" -- a midlife change for men that some claim is just like menopause for women. But there's no such thing. "Male menopause" is a creation of the pharmaceutical and supplement industries, along with unscrupulous or uninformed practitioners who feel that some of their potency -- sexual and otherwise -- is declining. It sounds perfectly reasonable at first, but scientifically speaking, there's no evidence that men go through menopause in the same way that women do. That's not to say that men's testosterone levels don't decline with age, just as women's estrogen levels do. But there is no abrupt change, no dramatic drop in testosterone for men at midlife like the hormonal decline that occurs when a woman reaches menopause. I...



Can Hormone Replacement Therapy help hold off dementia?

Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:33:38 +0100

HRT may protect women against dementia, a new study claims. Women who take oestrogen supplements before the start of menopause had better preserved brain structure. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Migraines May Worsen as Menopause Approaches

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0100

Researchers say hormonal changes and painkiller overuse may be to blame Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Hormone Replacement Therapy, Menopause, Migraine (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



Buried in Pills

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 21:35:26 +0100

By Drs. David Niesel and Norbert Herzog, Medical Discovery News Have you ever heard doctors referred to as "pill pushers"? While medical professionals provide necessary and admirable services, it does make you wonder how many pills we take in a day, a month, a year or even a lifetime. In the British Museum in London, along with the Rosetta Stone and an Easter Island head, there is an exhibit with an expansive glass table, more than a yard wide and at least 20 yards long. On it rests a tapestry-like depiction of the number of pills two individuals would take over their lifetimes in various colors and sizes. On one side is the medication record of a 76-year-old man and on the other side, a parallel record of an 82-year-old woman. Their life histories as told in pills stretch essentially the...



'Man Flu' Stories Show How We Make Women's Health All About Dudes

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 18:47:17 +0100

Whiny men might be excited by recent news stories that claim “man flu” -- the trope that men turn into bedridden drama kings at the slightest hint of a sniffle -- is real and totally justified because men have a harder time fighting off the flu. These headlines are based on a recent study that suggests estrogen could play a role in flu resistance. But the lead researcher said it's a huge "leap in logic" to say this proves anything about "man flu," and she emphasized that her study really doesn’t have much to do with guys, whiny or otherwise. “I find it so interesting that [my research] got misrepresented to be all about men,” said Sabra Klein, associate professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Schoo...

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Early Menopause Linked to Later DepressionEarly Menopause Linked to Later Depression

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 19:38:15 +0100

A new meta-analysis suggests longer-term exposure to endogenous estrogens may have antidepressive benefits; however, the role of hormone replacement therapy is unclear. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)



Natural menopause the easy way

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 11:20:14 +0100

The post Natural menopause the easy way appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. For many women, going through the menopause means experiencing menopausal symptoms. These will be mild for some women, but for others, severe symptoms can affect them both physically and psychologically. Issues can include vaginal dryness, headaches, night sweats, mood changes, loss of libido, fatigue, and depression, so knowing how to manage these symptoms effectively can help a woman cope with the menopause. Although hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the first line of treatment usually prescribed, the infographic below shows there are many ways to have a more natural menopause focused on tips and lifestyle changes that can help to ease menopausal symptoms for a happy, and healthy life. The post Natura...



Being happy 'won't help you live longer' survey finds

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 12:10:00 +0100

ConclusionThis large prospective study aimed to assess whether happiness or related measures of wellbeing are associated with risk of death, after allowing for the influence of the poor health and lifestyles of people who are unhappy.The study found poor health was linked with unhappiness in middle-aged women. However, after allowing for this association and adjusting for the influence of other factors that may be associated, such as smoking and poor socioeconomic status, happiness and related measures of wellbeing do not appear to have any direct effect on death. This suggests that, as has sometimes previously been speculated, (un)happiness does not have a direct influence on mortality, but is being influenced by other associated factors.  However, this study has both strengths and limi...



Enough of modern health scares – we should be trusting our instincts | Yvonne Roberts

Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:05:05 +0100

Just because the so-called medical experts tell us something, it doesn’t mean it’s trueOn Thursday, a million women experiencing the toughest time in the menopause – hot flushes, insomnia, startling mood swings – could have read the news that GPs are once again being encouraged to prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT).A study, published in 2003, had shown a significant increase in the risk of cancer. Last week, the health watchdog, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, said GPs had wrongly “lost confidence” in the drug. Women had been left to “suffer in silence”. Now, according to Nice, the benefits of HRT far outweigh the risks. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

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Doctors should always offer the option of HRT – but not everyone will want it, and that’s OK | Deborah Orr

Sat, 14 Nov 2015 08:00:14 +0100

It’s a dereliction of duty if doctors are failing to discuss HRT knowledgably with patients. But symptoms vary, and so do people – and if some choose to tough out the menopause without medication, then kudos to themThe National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) has published new guidelines aimed at helping women and their GPs to reach an informed decision about hormone replacement therapy. Nice reckons that around a million women could currently be suffering debilitating menopausal symptoms because HRT is under-prescribed. The clear implication is that Nice experts reckon around a million women would make a different choice if they were better informed. Some might believe HRT is more risky than it really is. Others might never have had the opportunity to choose at all.The second...



New HRT advice is biased and misleading says Oxford professor

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 01:43:46 +0100

In landmark guidance yesterday, NICE urged GPs to offer hormone replacement therapy to anyone with severe menopause symptoms but body relied on experts with financial ties to drug firms. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Doctors 'should discuss HRT more'

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:07:19 +0100

England's health watchdog says doctors should be more prepared to discuss hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as a possible treatment for the menopause. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



The menopause myth buster every woman should read

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:05:59 +0100

As new health guidelines encourage more women to consider HRT, Radhika Sanghani uncovers the 7 misconceptions women have about the menopause (Source: Telegraph Health)



HRT could benefit one million women, says NHS menopause guidance

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:38:13 +0100

Guideline says GPs should explain cancer risks but that HRT offers effective menopause relief for many womenNHS guidance on treatment of the menopause could lead to many thousands more women being offered hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in the UK. Related: A guide to the menopause Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

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One million women could benefit from HRT, says NHS menopause guidance

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:01:02 +0100

Guideline says GPs should explain cancer risks but that HRT offers effective menopause relief for many womenNHS guidance on treatment of the menopause could lead to many thousands more women being offered hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in the UK.The guideline from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), unveiled on Thursday, seeks to reassure women and their GPs about the safety of HRT. Studies suggesting a link with breast cancer, published in 2002 and 2003, led to a halving of the numbers of women taking the drugs. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



NICE releases first ever guidance on treating menopause

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:06:46 +0100

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has today released its first guidance on menopause, and has stated that health professionals can recommend hormone replacement therapy Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)