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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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Menopause-Like Woes Hinder Breast Cancer Treatment: Study

Posted 15 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 12 – Hot flashes and other unpleasant side effects are a major reason one-quarter of breast cancer patients do not start or do not complete their recommended hormone-blocking therapy, a new study finds. Five years of daily pills – either tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors – is recommended for many women whose breast cancer expresses the hormones estrogen or progesterone. The drugs have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer returning and to extend survival. Despite such benefits, this study of more than 700 breast cancer patients in Detroit and Los Angeles who were eligible for hormone therapy found that about 11 percent never started treatment and 15 percent stopped it early. Unpleasant, menopause-type side effects, such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes or joint pain, were the most common reasons women either stopped or never started the therapy. "We need to develop ... Read more

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Survey Tallies Menopause Symptoms' Toll

Posted 1 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 1 – Women who suffer severe hot flashes during menopause may be less productive on the job and have a lower quality of life, a new study suggests. The study, by researchers from the drug maker Pfizer, Inc., is based on a survey of nearly 3,300 U.S. women aged 40 to 75. Overall, women who reported severe hot flashes and night sweats had a dimmer view of their well-being. They also were more likely than women with milder symptoms to say the problem hindered them at work. The cost of that lost work productivity averaged more than $6,500 over a year, the researchers estimated. On top of that, they said, women with severe hot flashes spent more on doctor visits – averaging almost $1,000 in menopause-related appointments. Pfizer researcher Jennifer Whiteley and her colleagues reported the results online Feb. 11 in the journal Menopause. It's not surprising that women with ... Read more

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What Causes Hot Flashes? Rat Study Gives New Clues

Posted 20 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 20 – Scientists are getting warmer in their attempts to zero in on what causes hot flashes, intense surges of heat and sweating that affect millions of middle-aged women in the years leading to menopause. Studying rats, researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, in Tucson, have pinpointed a small region of the brain that may go awry during typical hot flashes, finding that a certain set of neurons acts as a virtual control switch for the problem when estrogen levels drop. "I think the idea is to develop some alternate treatments for hot flashes, but how could we possibly develop appropriate treatments if we don't know what causes them?" said study author Dr. Naomi Rance, a neuropathologist, professor and associate head of pathology at the university. "This is the first evidence these neurons have anything to do with [heat] regulation." Scientists note, ... Read more

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Soy-Rich Diets May Not Prevent Hot Flashes in Most Menopausal Women

Posted 26 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 22 – Consuming soy products doesn't prevent hot flashes and night sweats in most women, a large study suggests. Imagine sitting down for a job interview and suddenly feeling very warm and starting to noticeably perspire. Or consider how it feels to frequently lose sleep from drenching night sweats. Of all the symptoms of menopause, women say hot flashes and night sweats often are the most annoying. The symptoms are caused by fluctuating or decreasing levels of the female hormone estrogen. Many women are not willing or able to take supplemental estrogen to control hot flashes and night sweats, known as "vasomotor" symptoms, related to widening and narrowing of blood vessels. Some women opt to add dietary soy products like tofu and soy milk to their diet. Also called phytoestrogens, they have a chemical structure similar to estrogen and are thought to mimic the effect of ... Read more

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Hypnosis May Ease Hot Flashes in Postmenopausal Women

Posted 1 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 1 – Hypnosis may help reduce hot flashes in postmenopausal women, cutting down their frequency as much as 74 percent, researchers say. Hot flashes affect about 80 percent of women as they go through menopause. The sudden rush of heat can be followed by chills and can reduce quality of life. Researcher Gary Elkins, director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, assigned 187 women who had at least seven hot flashes daily to either five weekly sessions of clinical hypnosis with at-home practice or a comparison treatment called structured attention. Women self-reported their hot flashes for 12 weeks, and the researchers also measured hot flash frequency by a skin conductance monitor. "Our results indicated both a reduction in perceived hot flashes and physiologically verified reduction in hot flashes over three months," Elkins ... Read more

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