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Acupuncture Best for Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Survivors: Study

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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

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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Vitamin D Supplements Won't Strengthen Older Women's Bones: Study

Posted 3 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 – High doses of vitamin D do not appear to protect postmenopausal women from the dangers of osteoporosis, new research indicates. "While high-dose vitamin D did indeed increase calcium absorption, the increase was only 1 percent and [it] did not translate into gains in spine, hip or total body bone mineral density," said study author Dr. Karen Hansen. In fact, Hansen, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, noted that she and her colleagues "did not find any benefit of vitamin D, in either high or low dose, on muscle mass, two tests of muscle fitness or fall [risk]." The team reported the results online Aug. 3 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Postmenopausal women face a greater than average risk for developing osteoporosis, according to the U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and ... Read more

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More Exercise = More Fat Loss for Older Women, Study Finds

Posted 16 Jul 2015 by

THURSDAY, July 16, 2015 – Older women who fit more minutes of heart-pumping exercise into their week will lose more body fat, a new study shows. Canadian researchers found that postmenopausal women who got five hours of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic exercise every week – double the normally recommended amount – lost significantly more body fat within a year than women who exercised less. "More is better. That's definitely what we found here," said study author Christine Friedenreich, a scientific leader in the department of cancer epidemiology and prevention research at Alberta Health Services-CancerControl Alberta, in Calgary. "If you can do more, you will do better." The U.S. National Institutes of Health currently recommends that adults get at least two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, the authors noted in background information. Previous ... Read more

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Menopausal Women at Lower Heart Risk Than Men of Similar Age

Posted 1 Jul 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – Menopause is commonly considered a risk factor for heart disease, as the protective effect of estrogen declines. However, in a new study, researchers found that postmenopausal women had a lower risk of dying from heart attack than did men of similar ages. "Women have lower cardiovascular disease risk than men, even after menopause," said the study's lead researcher, Dr. Catherine Kim, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. "But the advantage is seen primarily in white women compared to white men; black women have less of an advantage compared to black men." Although some research has suggested that natural menopause does not boost heart disease risk but surgically induced (after hysterectomy and ovary removal) menopause does, Kim did not find much difference in risk between menopause types. Her long-term study found: ... Read more

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Common Antidepressants Linked to Higher Fracture Odds in Menopausal Women

Posted 26 Jun 2015 by

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 – Women prescribed a common class of antidepressants to ease menopausal symptoms may face a long-term rise in their risk for bone fracture, a new study suggests. The antidepressants in question are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) medications such as Celexa, Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft. Besides being used to treat depression, these drugs are often prescribed as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to tackle hot flashes, night sweats and other problems that can accompany menopause. However, "SSRIs appear to increase fracture risk among middle aged women without psychiatric disorders," wrote a team led by Dr. Matthew Miller of Northeastern University in Boston. The team added that the effect seems to be "sustained over time, suggesting that shorter duration of treatment may decrease [this effect]." The study authors acknowledged that their ... Read more

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Menopausal Women's Sleep May Suffer at Different Times of the Month

Posted 16 Jun 2015 by

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 – As women begin menopause, hormone fluctuations increase the risk of sleep problems during certain phases of the menstrual cycle, according to a small new study. Researchers analyzed the sleep patterns of 20 women in the earliest stage of menopause (perimenopause), including 11 who had difficulty sleeping at least three times a week for at least a month. The investigators found that women have more sleep disturbances just prior to menstruation than after menstruation, according to the study published June 16 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The days before they got their periods was when their progesterone levels were higher, the researchers said. "Measures of electrical brain activity found that the hormone progesterone influences sleep, even at this late reproductive stage in perimenopausal women," researcher Fiona Baker, of the Center ... Read more

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Could ADHD Drug Find New Role in Menopause?

Posted 12 Jun 2015 by

FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 – A drug marketed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder might improve memory and concentration problems associated with menopause, a new, small study suggests. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), a stimulant, is usually prescribed to children and adults with ADHD. But researchers found it also may help to improve menopausal women's "executive function" – brain activities such as memory, reasoning, multitasking, planning and problem-solving. "We always hear about hot flashes, irregular periods and insomnia classically linked to menopause, but there are other symptoms equally annoying but less talked about," said Dr. Sheryl Ross, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., who was not involved in the study. "Cognitive changes happen in the majority of women going through menopause, and memory loss, poor ... Read more

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Obese Postmenopausal Women May Face Higher Risk for Breast Cancer

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – A study of more than 67,000 women suggests that those who are obese and postmenopausal may face significantly higher odds for breast cancer compared with slimmer women. The risk for breast cancer among the most obese women in the study was up to 58 percent higher than for normal-weight women. In this study, the researchers said the most obese women had a body mass index (a measure of body fat) of 35 or higher. A woman who is 5-foot-7 and weighs 225 pounds would fall into that category. "Obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer that is modifiable, making a healthy weight very important for prevention," said lead researcher Marian Neuhouser, a professor of epidemiology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. In addition to increasing the risk for breast cancer, obesity was associated with worse outcomes, she said. Moreover, women who gained ... Read more

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Strong Bones After 50? Women May Not Need Next Test Until 65

Posted 9 Jun 2015 by

TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 – A postmenopausal woman who is 50 and still shows "normal" readings on her bone density test may not need her next such test for 10 or even 15 years, a new study finds. However, researchers led by Dr. Margaret Gourlay of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill stressed that younger women who do show signs of bone loss are at high risk for a major fracture, and do require regular testing. The study involved almost 4,100 postmenopausal American women between the ages of 50 and 64 who took part in the ongoing Women's Health Initiative study. All of the women had undergone a bone mineral density test to assess their risk for fractures and osteoporosis. The women were not taking hormones, calcium or vitamin D supplements. They also had never had a broken bone, the team said. The results: Among women whose tests showed no signs of osteoporosis, it took nearly ... Read more

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Hormone Therapy Doesn't Help Memory: Study

Posted 3 Jun 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 – Women taking menopausal hormone therapy to relieve symptoms such as hot flashes often hope it will also help their menopause-related memory and thinking problems, but a new study reports it won't. However, oral hormone therapy was linked to mood benefits, the research found. "Hormone therapy is not a panacea, as it was once portrayed to be," said study researcher Carey Gleason, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. "On the other hand, it is not a poison." Previously, the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Memory Study ''suggested that hormone therapy was associated with cognitive harm for women age 65 and older," Gleason said. That study also found increased risk of heart attack, strokes and blood clots in postmenopausal women, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Today, ... Read more

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Vitamin D, Calcium Don't Reduce Menopause Symptoms

Posted 2 Jun 2015 by

TUESDAY, June 2, 2015 – Vitamin D and calcium supplements don't help ease the symptoms of menopause, a new study says. The research is part of the Women's Health Initiative, a long-term clinical trial of menopausal women, and included more than 34,000 U.S. women between the ages of 50 and 79. The women were followed for an average of nearly six years to track more than 20 menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, fatigue, sleep problems and emotional problems. Half of the women took daily vitamin D and calcium supplements while the others took placebo pills. The average number of menopausal symptoms in both groups was the same – slightly more than six. Also, both groups had similar scores on overall measures of sleep problems, fatigue and emotional well-being, according to the study. The results were published June 1 in the journal Maturitas. "Our study suggests that women should not ... Read more

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Hormone Therapy for Menopause Linked to Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Posted 18 May 2015 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 May 2015 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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