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More Evidence That Hormone Therapy Might Not Help Women's Hearts

Posted 10 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 – There's yet another study looking at the potential dangers of hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms, and this one supports the notion that the treatment may not help women's hearts. The research, a review of collected data on the issue, found that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does not protect most postmenopausal women against heart disease and may even increase their risk of stroke. Also, the findings suggest that the harms and benefits of hormone therapy may vary depending on woman's age when she started the therapy, explained study lead author Dr. Henry Boardman, of the cardiovascular medicine department at the University of Oxford in England. "This 'Timing Hypothesis' may be the critical key to the use of HRT," agreed one expert, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director of women and heart disease at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "For ... Read more

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New Study Casts Doubt on Dangers of Hormone Therapy for Hot Flashes

Posted 8 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 – Hormone replacement therapy for women may not be as potentially risky as previously thought, a new Mayo Clinic review contends. The new study, which evaluated three decades of prior research, concluded that hormone therapy to treat symptoms of menopause doesn't increase overall risk of death or the risk of death from heart attack, stroke or cancer. "This is the latest update of the current evidence," said lead author Dr. Khalid Benkhadra, a research fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "I can say there's no risk of dying from any reason because a woman is taking hormone replacement therapy." The results, Benkhadra said, should allay concerns of some women with debilitating menopausal symptoms who have feared taking hormones. But not everyone is sold on the safety of hormone therapy. Heart and cancer doctors who reviewed the new findings said that ... Read more

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Early Onset Hot Flashes May Point to Raised Heart Disease Risk

Posted 5 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 3, 2015 – Women who start having hot flashes at a younger age may be at increased risk for heart disease, according to two studies conducted by the same team of researchers. One of the studies also found that women who have more frequent hot flashes during a typical day may be at raised heart risk. Led by Rebecca Thurston, of the University of Pittsburgh, the studies found that women who begin experiencing hot flashes earlier in life appear to have poorer function of the lining of the blood vessels than those who have hot flashes at a later age, or not at all. Impaired function in the blood vessel's walls – called reduced endothelial function – is the earliest sign of heart disease, the researchers noted. "Hot flashes occur at a time in a woman's life when her risk for heart disease increases," said Thurston, who is an associate professor of psychiatry, psychology and ... Read more

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More Than Half of Women Have Hot Flashes for at Least 7 Years

Posted 16 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 – Menopause-related hot flashes and night sweats aren't a short-term problem. More than half of women experience these unpleasant change-of-life symptoms for seven years or more, a new study finds. "Women should not be surprised if their hot flashes last a number of years," said lead researcher Nancy Avis, a professor of social sciences and health policy at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. Four out of five women experience hot flashes and night sweats in the years before their periods cease, leaving some with almost 12 years of unpleasant symptoms, the study found. And women who could pinpoint their final period reported symptoms persisted for an average of 4.5 years afterward. The findings, published online Feb. 16 in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest a need for "more research on safe and effective ways to relieve these symptoms," Avis said. ... Read more

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Severe Hot Flashes During Menopause May Raise Hip Fracture Risk Later: Study

Posted 19 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 – A new study suggests a possible link between certain menopause symptoms – moderate to severe hot flashes and night sweats – and higher rates of hip fractures and weaker bones. Hot flashes are common during menopause, affecting about 60 percent of women. The hormonal changes during menopause also affect women after menopause, since they then face a higher risk of weakened bones and osteoporosis. "Our findings suggest women who exhibit moderate or severe menopausal symptoms are more likely to have issues with bone health than their peers," study co-author Dr. Carolyn Crandall, of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a news release from the Endocrine Society. "This is the first large cohort study to examine the relationship between menopausal symptoms and bone health in menopausal women." While the ... Read more

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Kids: An Rx for Menopause's Hot Flashes?

Posted 31 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 – Women who live with young children may be less likely to suffer hot flashes after going through surgical menopause, a new study suggests. The finding, published recently in the journal Menopause, followed a small group of women who had their ovaries removed because they were at high genetic risk of ovarian cancer. Most of the women had already gone through menopause, but 48 had not – which meant the surgery caused an abrupt menopause. In that group of women, those with a young child at home tended to have less severe hot flashes and night sweats, according to the study. "This is a very interesting study that raises some important questions," said Dr. Jill Rabin, an obstetrician/gynecologist who was not involved in the research. One of those questions is whether the hormone oxytocin offers some protection from hot flashes, according to Rabin, co-chief of ... Read more

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Is Coffee Aggravating Your Hot Flashes?

Posted 25 Jul 2014 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 25 Jul 2014 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 10 Jul 2014 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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