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Is Coffee Aggravating Your Hot Flashes?

Posted 18 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 – Drinking caffeine may worsen the hot flashes and night sweats that affect roughly two-thirds of women as they go through menopause, new survey data suggests. "While these findings are preliminary, our study suggests that limiting caffeine intake may be useful for those postmenopausal women who have bothersome hot flashes and night sweats," said researcher Dr. Stephanie Faubion, director of the Women's Health Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. But caffeine – a stimulant found in coffee and colas – appears to have a different effect on women beginning the transition into menopause (known as perimenopause). In their case, caffeine might boost their mood, memory and concentration, the survey suggested. The findings, published online July 23 in the journal Menopause, stem from a Mayo Clinic poll of more than 1,800 menopausal women conducted between ... Read more

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Is Coffee Aggravating Your Hot Flashes?

Posted 18 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 – Drinking caffeine may worsen the hot flashes and night sweats that affect roughly two-thirds of women as they go through menopause, new survey data suggests. "While these findings are preliminary, our study suggests that limiting caffeine intake may be useful for those postmenopausal women who have bothersome hot flashes and night sweats," said researcher Dr. Stephanie Faubion, director of the Women's Health Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. But caffeine – a stimulant found in coffee and colas – appears to have a different effect on women beginning the transition into menopause (known as perimenopause). In their case, caffeine might boost their mood, memory and concentration, the survey suggested. The findings, published online July 23 in the journal Menopause, stem from a Mayo Clinic poll of more than 1,800 menopausal women conducted between ... Read more

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Losing Weight May Ease Hot Flashes, Study Finds

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 – Slimming down may help ease the hot flashes that often accompany menopause, new research suggests. Hot flashes can be debilitating for more than 50 percent of menopausal women, said Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. About one-third of menopausal women experience more than 10 hot flashes a day, and she added that hot flashes are more common in obese women. "Fat appears to function as an insulator, and interferes with heat dissipation," explained Shirazian, who was not involved in the study. Another expert, Dr. Jill Rabin, co-chief of ambulatory care and women's health programs at North Shore-LIJ Health System in New Hyde Park, N.Y., said estrogen can also be produced in fat tissue. Rabin said she has found that obese and ... Read more

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PMS Not Linked to Hot Flashes Later, Study Finds

Posted 5 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 5, 2014 – Women who experience premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, won't necessarily suffer from hot flashes when they go through menopause, according to a new study. However, women who have PMS are more likely to report other common menopause complaints, such as memory and concentration problems, the researchers found. "We were not able to detect any clear association between menopausal hot flashes and previous PMS," said study researcher Dr. Tomi Mikkola, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Helsinki University Central Hospital in Finland. "However, women with PMS are more likely to experience impaired quality of life when entering menopause," he said. The study was published recently in the journal Menopause. PMS refers to a group of symptoms linked to the monthly menstrual cycle. It occurs about one to two weeks before the period starts. Symptoms of PMS ... Read more

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Early Menopause Linked to Heart Failure Risk in Swedish Study

Posted 14 May 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 14, 2014 – Early menopause may increase a woman's risk for heart failure later in life, especially if she is a smoker, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 22,000 older women in Sweden. Those who experienced early menopause (ages 40 to 45) were 40 percent more likely to suffer heart failure than those who went through menopause in the normal age range of 50 to 54, the investigators found. For every one-year increase in the age a woman began menopause, there was a 2 percent lower risk of heart failure, according to the study in the May 14 online edition of the journal Menopause, which is published by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). The risk of heart failure was highest in current or former smokers who had early menopause, the researchers found. Current or former smokers who went through menopause only somewhat early – ages 46 to 49 ... Read more

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For Many Women, Hot Flashes Last 10 Years or More After Menopause

Posted 31 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2014 – Many women continue to have hot flashes for years after menopause, a new study finds. Researchers looked at 255 older women and found that 80 percent of them had moderate-to-severe hot flashes during menopause, 17 percent had mild hot flashes and 3 percent had no hot flashes. Obese white women and black women (whether obese or not) were most likely to have moderate-to-severe hot flashes, while non-obese white women had the lowest risk. Women who had more than a high school education had a 34 percent lower risk of hot flashes, a finding that calls for additional study, the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine researchers said. They also found that moderate-to-severe hot flashes continued for an average of nearly five years after menopause. And more than one-third of women had moderate-to-severe hot flashes for 10 years or more after menopause, ... Read more

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Hormone Therapy May Work Only for Women With Hot Flashes

Posted 13 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13 – Hormone therapy helps with menopause-related symptoms such as sleep and memory problems only if a woman also has hot flashes, according to new research. The study included 150 Finnish women who had recently gone through menopause. Of those, 72 had seven or more moderate-to-severe hot flashes a day, while 78 had three or fewer mild hot flashes daily or no hot flashes. In each group, half of the women were treated for six months with hormone therapy of various kinds, while the other half were given an inactive placebo with no hormones, according to the study published online Nov. 13 in the journal Menopause. Among women with moderate-to-severe hot flashes, hormone therapy helped with menopause-related symptoms such as insomnia, memory and concentration problems, anxiety and fear, exhaustion, irritability, swelling, joint and muscle pain, hot flashes, vaginal dryness ... Read more

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Could a Neck Injection Ease Tough-to-Bear Hot Flashes?

Posted 14 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Oct. 12 – A shot in the neck may curb extreme hot flashes associated with menopause, a small new study suggests. Injecting a local anesthetic into an area of the neck that communicates with the brain's temperature regulation zone was associated with a 50 percent reduction in hot flashes among women with moderate to severe symptoms, the researchers reported. Since research over the last decade has suggested that taking hormone replacement therapy to control menopausal symptoms may be associated with increased risk for heart disease and cancer, many women have been searching for a safe and effective non-hormonal means of reducing hot flashes. The anesthetic treatment isn't designed for everyone with hot flashes. It's intended for those struggling with truly troubling hot flashes that occur regularly, affecting quality of life, said study author Dr. David Walega, chief of the ... Read more

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Exercise Won't Ease Hot Flashes, Study Finds

Posted 1 Aug 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 1 – Easing hot flashes is not among the many benefits that exercise offers women, a new study indicates. The researchers looked at 248 women who were either approaching menopause or were postmenopausal. They were divided into two groups; 106 of them took part in aerobic exercise training three times a week for 12 weeks while the remainder did their usual activities. All of the women kept daily diaries on their hot flashes, night sweats, sleep quality, insomnia, and symptoms of depression and anxiety. The exercise program had small positive effects on sleep quality, insomnia and depression, but had no significant effect on hot flashes, the investigators found. White women in the exercise program did show some improvement in hot flashes compared to white women who did their usual activities, but this difference was not seen in black women. The researchers also found that ... Read more

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Menopausal Hot Flashes Might Be More Intense for Cancer Survivors

Posted 18 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 18 – Cancer survivors have more frequent and severe menopausal hot flashes than other women, a new study reveals. But the researchers also found that cancer survivors coped better with menopausal symptoms and reported a better quality of life than other women, and had similar levels of sexual activity and function. The study included 934 female cancer survivors (about 90 percent survived breast cancer) and 155 cancer-free women in Australia who were assessed for hot flashes and other menopause-related symptoms and sexual function. Seventy-six percent of the cancer survivors reported having hot flashes in the past 24 hours, compared with 54 percent of the cancer-free women. Sixty percent of the cancer survivors said their hot flashes were severe or very severe, compared with 40 percent of the cancer-free women. Menopausal symptoms also seemed to persist longer in the ... Read more

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Women With HIV May Suffer More From Hot Flashes

Posted 11 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 11 – As women infected with HIV live longer, new evidence is suggesting that menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes may affect them worse than women who don't carry the virus. "Perimenopausal HIV-infected women experience greater hot flash severity and greater hot flash-related interference with daily activities and quality of life," compared to non-infected women going through menopause, report researchers led by Sara Looby of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Excessive menopausal symptoms might even compromise the health of HIV-positive women, including their ability to adhere to drug therapy and abstain from drugs and alcohol, the team said. Looby and her coleagues urged doctors who care for middle-aged HIV-infected women to evaluate their hot flashes and offer effective treatment. For the study, the researchers surveyed 33 HIV-infected women, aged 45-48, ... Read more

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Brisdelle - First Non-Hormonal Remedy Approved for Menopausal Hot Flashes

Posted 1 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 1 – Brisdelle (paroxetine) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first non-hormonal treatment to treat hot flashes associated with menopause. All prior FDA-approved drugs for hot flashes contain either the hormone estrogen alone or the hormonal combination of estrogen and progestin, the agency said in a news release. Brisdelle's active ingredient is paroxetine, in a smaller amount than the same active ingredient in the antidepressant Paxil. It's not understood how paroxetine treats hot flashes, the FDA said. Hot flashes affect up to 75 percent of all women, and can linger for as long as five years. Briselle's safety and effectiveness in treating the condition were evaluated in clinical studies involving 1,175 post-menopausal women with moderate-to-severe hot flashes. The most common side effects of the once-daily drug were headache, fatigue and ... Read more

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FDA Approves Brisdelle - First Non-Hormonal Treatment for Hot Flashes Associated with Menopause

Posted 30 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

June 28, 2013 --The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Brisdelle (paroxetine) to treat moderate to severe hot flashes (vasomotor symptoms) associated with menopause. Brisdelle, which contains the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor paroxetine mesylate, is currently the only non-hormonal treatment for hot flashes approved by the FDA. There are a variety of FDA-approved treatments for hot flashes, but all contain either estrogen alone or estrogen plus a progestin. Hot flashes associated with menopause occur in up to 75 percent of women and can persist for up to five years, or even longer in some women. Hot flashes are not life-threatening, but the symptoms can be very bothersome, causing discomfort, embarrassment and disruption of sleep. “There are a significant number of women who suffer from hot flashes associated with menopause and who cannot or do not want to u ... Read more

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Is Menopause Overlooked in U.S. Medical Schools?

Posted 17 May 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 17 – Too few obstetrics-gynecology residents in the United States receive formal training about menopause, which could lead to care issues for the rapidly growing number of older American women, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed 510 ob/gyn residents and found that fewer than one in five had received formal training in menopause medicine, even though seven in 10 would like to receive it. Forty percent to 60 percent of fourth-year residents – those soon to complete their training – said they need to improve their knowledge about menopause. Some ob/gyn residency programs don't offer any formal curriculum or clinical experience focused on women's pre- and post-menopausal health, according to the study, published online recently in the journal Menopause. "It's clear from the results that the residents who responded admit that their knowledge and clinical management ... Read more

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Health Tip: Manage Menopause

Posted 13 May 2013 by Drugs.com

-- The onset of menopause brings many physical and emotional changes, and common symptoms from hot flashes to weight gain. Womenshealth.gov offers these recommendations to help minimize menopausal symptoms: Eat a balanced, nutritious diet, making an effort to limit caffeine and alcohol. Quit smoking. Get plenty of regular exercise to help strengthen bones, lose weight, boost mood and help you sleep. Practice regular stress management techniques, such as yoga or meditation. Lose any excess weight. Read more

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