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Hormone Therapy for Menopause Linked to Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Posted 12 days ago by

MONDAY, May 18, 2015 – Hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms may raise the risk a bit for serious lower intestinal bleeding, a new study suggests. In the 1990s, millions of American women turned to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help ease the symptoms of menopause. But the results of a landmark study called the Women's Health Initiative, released in 2002, found that long-term use of the therapy increased women's risk for breast cancer, as well as their risk for heart attacks and strokes. Use of the regimen fell dramatically soon after. Now researchers say HRT's propensity for clotting, linked to heart attacks and strokes, may also lead to bleeding in the lower intestine. "HRT is an effective treatment, but it does come with risks," said lead researcher Dr. Prashant Singh of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Singh said the risk of any one woman ... Read more

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Early Menopause Tied to Lower Risk of Irregular Heartbeat

Posted 15 days ago by

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 – Women who go through menopause at a relatively young age may have a slightly lower risk of developing a common heart rhythm disturbance, new research suggests. The study, of nearly 18,000 middle-aged and older U.S. women, found that those who'd gone through menopause before age 44 were 17 percent less likely to have atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is a common disorder where the heart's upper chambers quiver chaotically instead of contracting in a normal rhythm. It's not immediately life-threatening, but over time the condition can raise the risk of a stroke or heart failure. The fact that earlier menopause was linked to a lower risk of the irregular heartbeat was "a bit surprising," said lead researcher Dr. Jorge Wong, a fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. That's because early menopause is actually connected to a heightened risk of heart ... Read more

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

Posted 10 Mar 2015 by

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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Early Onset Hot Flashes May Point to Raised Heart Disease Risk

Posted 5 Mar 2015 by

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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Drug May Help Some Breast Cancer Patients Avoid Early Menopause

Posted 4 Mar 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 – Breast cancer chemotherapy can trigger an unfortunate side effect for some patients – early menopause. But a new study suggests that adding the drug goserelin to chemotherapy cuts the odds of that happening in women with certain early-stage breast cancers. "These findings provide hope for young women with breast cancer who would like to prevent early menopause or still have children," senior study author Dr. Kathy Albain, medical oncologist and director of the Breast Cancer Clinical Research Program at Loyola University, said in a university news release. The study was funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institite and was published March 4 in the New England Journal of Medicine. According to Albain, "some of the most distressing side effects of chemotherapy in young women with breast cancer are early and sudden onset of menopause and infertility." Another ... Read more

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

Posted 16 Feb 2015 by

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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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Early Menopause: CDC

Posted 5 Feb 2015 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 – There's a link between early menopause and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a new study suggests. The findings may help explain why women are two to four times more likely to have CFS than men, and why the condition is most common among women in their 40s, the researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. "CFS can take a tremendous toll on women's lives at midlife and on our society and health care system. Being aware of the association of CFS and earlier menopause can help providers assist women in sorting out symptoms of CFS from symptoms of menopause," Dr. Margery Gass, executive director of the North American Menopause Society, said in a society news release. Although the study was able to find a link between early menopause and chronic fatigue syndrome, the researchers weren't able to learn whether one condition causes the ... Read more

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Pesticides, Plastics Chemicals Tied to Earlier Menopause in Women

Posted 28 Jan 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 – Extensive exposure to common chemicals appears to be linked to an earlier start of menopause, a new study suggests. Researchers found that menopause typically begins two to four years earlier in women whose bodies have high levels of certain chemicals found in household items, personal care products, plastics and the environment, compared to women with lower levels of the chemicals. The investigators identified 15 chemicals – nine (now banned) PCBs, three pesticides, two forms of plastics chemicals called phthalates, and the toxin furan – that were significantly associated with an earlier start of menopause and that may have harmful effects on ovarian function. "Earlier menopause can alter the quality of a woman's life and has profound implications for fertility, health and our society," senior study author Dr. Amber Cooper, an assistant professor of ... Read more

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Migraines May Worsen During Menopause

Posted 24 Jun 2014 by

TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 – New research confirms what women with migraine headaches have told their doctors for years: migraine attacks seem to get worse in the years before and during menopause. "In women who have migraine, headaches increase by 50 to 60 percent when they go through the perimenopause and menopausal time periods," said Dr. Vincent Martin, professor of medicine and co-director of the Headache and Facial Pain Program at the University of Cincinnati. The new finding, Martin said, "basically confirms what women have been telling us physicians for decades. We finally have some evidence." The perimenopausal period is the time when the body is transitioning to menopause – when monthly periods end. Perimenopause can last several years, and is often marked by irregular periods, hot flashes and sleep problems. Perimenopause can begin in the 40s, and menopause occurs, on average, ... Read more

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Antidepressant Eases Menopause-Related Symptoms, Study Finds

Posted 28 May 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 – Estrogen therapy and the non-hormonal drug venlafaxine (Effexor) are nearly equally effective in reducing menopause-related hot flashes and night sweats, according to a new study. "Our new findings provide critical data for physicians and women making treatment decisions for hot flashes/night sweats. Our data show that first-line hormonal and non-hormonal pharmacological treatments are well-tolerated and effective options for alleviating symptoms," the study's lead author Dr. Hadine Joffe, director of the Women's Hormone and Aging Research Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital, said in a hospital news release. "Hot flashes and night sweats ... affect up to 80 percent of women in midlife and are the primary menopause-related symptoms leading menopausal women to seek medical attention," Joffe noted. Estrogen therapy is considered the "gold standard" treatment ... Read more

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Early Menopause Linked to Heart Failure Risk in Swedish Study

Posted 14 May 2014 by

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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Premature Menopause May Affect Women's Brains

Posted 9 May 2014 by

FRIDAY, May 9, 2014 – Premature menopause may increase a woman's risk of mental decline later in life, according to a new study. Compared to those who began menopause after age 50, women with premature menopause were 40 percent more likely to do poorly on verbal and visual memory tests, the study found. They also had a 35 percent higher risk of decline in psychomotor speed (coordination between the brain and the muscles that brings about movement) and overall mental function. Menopause typically occurs at about age 50, but can begin between ages 41 and 45 (early menopause) or at or around age 40 (premature menopause). Early and premature menopause can occur naturally or be caused by surgical removal of the ovaries. Of the more than 4,800 women in the study, nearly 8 percent had premature menopause. All of the participants underwent mental skills tests at the start of the study and ... Read more

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Bleeding Irregularities Common in Menopause, Study Finds

Posted 16 Apr 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 – Extended and heavy menstrual bleeding during menopause is common, according to a new study. "For most women in their 30s, menstrual periods are highly predictable. With the onset of the menopausal transition in their 40s, women's menstrual periods can change dramatically," study author Sioban Harlow, a University of Michigan professor of epidemiology, said in a university news release. "These dramatic changes can be disconcerting, and often provoke questions about whether something is wrong," she added. The findings should reassure women who worry about what is and isn't normal, she said. When a woman's ovaries stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone, she enters menopause. This life stage can last anywhere from two to 10 years, the researchers said. Menopause usually occurs after age 45. "Women need more descriptive information about the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Avoid Weight Gain During Menopause

Posted 2 Apr 2014 by

-- Menopausal women are more prone to weight gain, particularly in the abdominal area, due to the many hormonal changes they face. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers this advice to help avoid weight gain during menopause: Stay active and get plenty of regular physical activity. Incorporate both aerobic and strength training exercises into your routine. Cut back on calories by about 200 per day. Focus on eating nutritious foods, including bananas, blueberries, dark leafy greens, soy, salmon, whole grains, yogurt and plenty of water. Limit alcohol and salt. Maintain a positive, healthy attitude. Read more

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Experts Lay Out Options for Menopause Symptoms

Posted 23 Dec 2013 by

MONDAY, Dec. 23, 2013 – Women bothered by hot flashes or other effects of menopause have a number of treatment options – hormonal or not, according to updated guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. It's estimated that anywhere from 50 percent to 82 percent of women going through menopause have hot flashes – sudden feelings of extreme heat in the upper body – and night sweats. For many, the symptoms are frequent and severe enough to cause sleep problems and disrupt their daily lives. And the duration of the misery can last from a couple years to more than a decade, says the college, the nation's leading group of ob/gyns. "Menopausal symptoms are common, and can be very bothersome to women," said Dr. Clarisa Gracia, who helped write the new guidelines. "Women should know that effective treatments are available to address these symptoms." The ... Read more

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