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What Women Should Do to Guard Against Vision Loss

Posted 12 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 – Women are a majority of the 4.4 million Americans over age 40 who are visually impaired or blind, Prevent Blindness says. The national organization has declared April as Women's Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month, and has outlined several things women need to know about vision and eye health. The group said women are at greater risk than men for vision loss from such eye diseases as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, as well as a condition called dry eye, which is more common after menopause. Pregnancy can cause dry eyes, puffy eyelids and refractive changes that may show up as blurred or double vision. Pregnant women's vision may also be affected by migraine headaches, diabetes and high blood pressure, according to Prevent Blindness. The organization also warns that some glaucoma medications may harm a fetus, and advises pregnant women to ... Read more

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Acupuncture May Ease Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Patients

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 28, 2016 – Acupuncture can help alleviate the often-debilitating hot flashes that afflict many breast cancer patients, new Italian research says. Noting that hot flashes are a fact of life for many women with breast cancer, the investigators found that pairing lifestyle advice with weekly acupuncture sessions dramatically improved the women's quality of life. "Acupuncture together with enhanced self-care for three months is effective in reducing hot flashes in women with breast cancer," said study author Giorgia Razzini, a clinical trial project manager in the oncology unit of Ospedale di Carpi (Carpi Hospital), in Bologna, Italy. And because hormone treatment for breast cancer typically makes the hot flash experience even worse, Razzini added, acupuncture could be a useful tool for helping such patients "stay on their therapy and improve their quality of life." Razzini ... Read more

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Estrogen for Vaginal Symptoms OK for Breast Cancer Survivors: Experts

Posted 22 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 – Women who've battled or survived an estrogen-dependent form of breast cancer often encounter vaginal symptoms linked to their treatment, especially around the time of menopause. Now, new guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) advise that the use of symptom-relieving estrogen therapy is warranted for these patients. "These new recommendations are especially important and helpful because they provide the patient with the information needed to make an informed decision with the input of her health care provider," Dr. Diana Nancy Contreras, chair of ACOG's Subcommittee on Gynecologic Oncology, said in a college news release. One expert in women's health explained that patients with an estrogen-dependent breast cancer often suffer vaginal symptoms linked to treatment. "Many estrogen-dependent breast cancer treatments may bring ... Read more

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Migraines May Worsen as Menopause Approaches

Posted 22 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2016 – For women who suffer migraines, the frequency of these debilitating headaches seems to increase as they approach menopause, a new study finds. "Changes in female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone that occur during the perimenopause might trigger increased headaches during this time," said study co-author Dr. Richard Lipton. He is director of the Montefiore Headache Center and vice chair of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. The new research included more than 3,600 women who suffered migraines before and during menopause. The risk of high-frequency migraines (10 or more a month) rose 60 percent during the transitional time into menopause marked by irregular menstrual cycles (perimenopause). The risk of migraine was highest during the later stage of perimenopause, when women have low levels of estrogen, the study found. ... Read more

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Sham Acupuncture Equals Real Acupuncture for Hot Flashes: Study

Posted 20 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 – Sham acupuncture is as effective as real acupuncture in treating hot flashes in women, and the placebo effect likely plays a role in both, according to a new Australian study. In real acupuncture, thin needles are inserted into the skin at specific points. Sham acupuncture uses blunt-tipped needles that don't penetrate the skin. The study included 327 Australian women older than 40 who had at least seven moderate hot flashes a day. Half received 10 sessions of real acupuncture over eight weeks and the other half received the same number of sessions of sham acupuncture. By the end of the treatment period, women in both groups had a 40 percent reduction in the severity and frequency of their hot flashes. The benefits were still evident six months after treatment, the University of Melbourne researchers found. There are a number of possible explanations for the ... Read more

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Can Early Menopause Trigger Depression Later in Life?

Posted 6 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 – Premature menopause may increase a woman's later risk of depression, a new review suggests. If further studies confirm the findings, doctors might try to identify women most likely to need psychiatric or hormonal treatment after their periods end, the researchers said. For the study, published online Jan. 6 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, researchers analyzed the results of 14 studies that included nearly 68,000 older women. Those whose menopause began when they were 40 and older had a lower risk of depression later in life than those with premature menopause, the study found. Women who are older when menopause begins and have a longer reproductive life have greater exposure to the hormone estrogen, the study authors said in a journal news release. The findings suggest "a potentially protective effect of increasing duration of exposure to [natural] estrogens ... Read more

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The Pill, Hormone Therapy Safe for Women Taking Blood Thinners: Study

Posted 22 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 – Women on blood thinners can also take contraceptives that contain estrogen, or hormone replacement therapy, without raising their risk for blood clots or uterine bleeding, a new Italian study finds. Currently, women diagnosed with blood clots may be advised to stop hormone therapy or use of the contraceptive pill – even if they are already on a blood thinner. The reason: Doctors are often concerned that these drug combinations might raise the patient's risk for more clots. However, "there has been no evidence to support this decision," said the study's senior author, Dr. Ida Martinelli, of the A. Bianchi Bonomi Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center in Milan. "We conducted this study to address the fear felt by both the physician and patient when making the decision to stop or continue hormone therapy in this setting," she explained in a news release from the ... Read more

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Hormone Therapy Safely Helps Preserve Fertility for Breast Cancer Patients: Study

Posted 22 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 22 2015 – Chemotherapy can affect a young breast cancer patient's fertility, sending her into premature menopause, so in many cases doctors provide patients with hormonal therapy during chemo to prevent this side effect. Now, new research suggests that the approach does help these patients without lowering their odds of surviving the cancer. One expert noted that the issue is a tough one for many young breast cancer patients. "The most reliable way in 2015 to preserve a patient's fertility is through egg harvesting prior to chemotherapy and in vitro fertilization," explained Dr. Charles Shapiro, director of translational breast cancer research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. "However, as this procedure is typically not covered by insurance, it is only an option for those of financial means," he said. "So, those who cannot afford the procedure can choose to ... Read more

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During Menopause, 'Good' Cholesterol May Lose Protective Effect on Heart

Posted 16 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 16, 2015 – HDL cholesterol is commonly called the "good" cholesterol, but new research suggests that it could be harmful to women going through menopause. The new study finds that rather than helping to inhibit the formation of dangerous plaque in the arteries, HDL cholesterol may increase its buildup during menopause. This process is known as hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis, and can lead to heart trouble. "This was surprising," said lead researcher Samar El Khoudary, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. "We know that the good cholesterol is supposed to protect women," she said. And, before menopause, good cholesterol does help protect against heart disease, El Khoudary said. But during menopause, HDL cholesterol seems to add to the plaque buildup, she explained. "This was independent of other factors such as body weight and ... Read more

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Earlier Hormone Therapy May Pose Less Risk for Menopausal Women

Posted 30 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – Women who start hormone therapy toward the beginning of menopause may have a lower risk of developing heart disease, new research suggests. The study, of over 74,000 Swedish women, found that those who started hormone therapy within five years of beginning menopause typically stayed free of heart disease for a longer time than non-users. In contrast, women who started hormone therapy later showed an increase in their heart disease risk. "This is in line with what a number of studies have shown," said Dr. Sonia Tolani, of the Women's Center for Cardiovascular Health at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, in New York City. "There does seem to be a relationship between the timing of hormone therapy and heart disease risk," said Tolani, who was not involved in the study. However, she stressed, that doesn't mean women should routinely use hormones when menopause ... Read more

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Less Sleep May Mean Less Sex After Menopause

Posted 30 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – Too little sleep may lead to too little intimacy for postmenopausal women, a new study finds. The study included nearly 94,000 women who were asked about their sleep habits during the previous four weeks. They were also asked about their sexual activity during the past year, and their levels of sexual satisfaction. The women were all between the ages of 50 and 79, the researchers said. Thirty percent of women had high insomnia levels, the study found. These women were less sexually active than those without sleep problems, the researchers said. The investigators also found that getting less than the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep a night was associated with less sexual activity and sexual satisfaction. Although the current study found an association between a lack of sleep and sexual activity and satisfaction, it didn't prove a cause-and-effect ... Read more

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Abused Women Struggle With More Severe Menopause Symptoms: Study

Posted 30 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – Older women who suffer abuse may have more severe menopause symptoms, a new Mayo Clinic study suggests. In particular, researchers found a strong correlation with verbal and emotional abuse and menopause-related problems. The study included more than 3,700 women who provided information about symptoms they experienced when their monthly periods ended. These included hot flashes and night sweats, sleep problems, sexual dysfunction, bowel/bladder problems, and thinking and memory problems. The women also reported any physical, sexual and emotional/verbal abuse. About 7 percent had suffered at least one form of abuse within the previous year. Of those, verbal/emotional abuse was reported most often (97 percent), followed by physical abuse (13 percent) and sexual abuse (4 percent), the researchers say. Compared to those who did not suffer abuse, women who ... Read more

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Genes Help Set Menopause Timing: Study

Posted 28 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 – Genetic variations seem to have an impact on the ages when a woman enters both puberty and menopause, researchers report. These findings might lead to ways to help predict the timing of menopause, which marks the end of a woman's reproductive phase of life. "Genetics only explains about half of the variability with the other half due to factors such as smoking. So, genetics will never be able to precisely predict a woman's age at menopause," said study co-author Anna Murray, senior lecturer in human genetics at the University of Exeter Medical School in Exeter, England. Still, even imprecise predictions "would be useful for informing women of their fertility, as infertility increases substantially up to 10 years prior to menopause," she added. The study appears in the Sept. 28 issue of Nature Genetics. On average, menopause occurs around age 50 – that's when ... Read more

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Acupuncture Best for Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Survivors: Study

Posted 25 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 – Needles beat pills for treating hot flashes in breast cancer survivors, according to a new trial that compared acupuncture, "sham" acupuncture, the medication gabapentin and a placebo pill. Interestingly, sham acupuncture came in second place for effectiveness, the researchers said. Furthermore, the effects of acupuncture were "significant and enduring for hot flashes while gabapentin's effect only happened when a patient was taking the medication," said study first author Dr. Jun Mao, an associate professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The study was published Aug. 24 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Mao and his colleagues tested the treatments in 120 women who were breast cancer survivors. The women were enduring hot flashes at least twice a day. Thirty women each received real acupuncture that ... Read more

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Smoking, Early Menopause May Shorten Life Span: Study

Posted 5 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 – Smoking and early menopause are a dangerous combination that might shorten life span, a new Swedish study warns. Researchers analyzed data from more than 25,000 Swedish women who were followed for 16 years. Almost 6,000 women died in that period, and the team found that women who began menopause at age 40 died at a median age that was 1.3 years younger than those who began menopause at age 60. Current smokers died at a median age that was 2.5 years younger than former smokers and those who never smoked. Among current smokers, those who entered menopause at age 40 died at a median age that was 2.6 years younger than those who entered menopause at age 60. Menopause before age 40 is considered premature. The study was published online Aug. 5 in the journal Menopause. Smoking worsens the effects of estrogen deficiency in women who go through menopause at a younger ... Read more

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