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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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Hormone Therapy Doesn't Help Memory: Study

Posted 3 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

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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Hormone Therapy for Menopause Linked to Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Posted 18 May 2015 by Drugs.com

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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Many Women Unaware of Female-Specific Stroke Symptoms

Posted 7 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 – Stroke is the third leading cause of death in women, but many are unaware of warning signs and symptoms that are unique to females, a new study says. Of 1,000 women surveyed, only one in 10 was aware that hiccups that occur with unusual chest pain is an early warning sign of stroke in women, said researchers from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, in Columbus. Although men and women share some risk factors for stroke – such as smoking, being sedentary and having high blood pressure – others are specific to women, the researchers explained. But only 11 percent of women polled knew that pregnancy, lupus, migraine headaches, birth-control pills and hormone replacement therapy increase their stroke risk, the study found. "I think we have a ways to go when it comes to educating women about stroke and their unique risk factors," Dr. Diana Greene-Chandos, ... Read more

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Birth Control Pills, HRT Tied to Digestive Ills

Posted 21 May 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 21 – The use of oral contraceptives by younger women or hormone therapy by older women may be linked with inflammatory bowel disease, new research indicates. Birth control pills are associated with a higher risk for Crohn's disease, said researcher Dr. Hamed Khalili, a clinical and research fellow of gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Crohn's causes inflammation of the lining and wall of the large or small intestine, or both. The lining can become so inflamed it bleeds. Hormone replacement therapy taken by some women after menopause is linked with ulcerative colitis, the study found. It is a disease of the colon (large intestine) or rectum. It causes diarrhea, abdominal cramping and rectal bleeding. Khalili presented the findings Sunday at the Digestive Disease Week meeting, in San Diego. Of the two links they found, Khalili said, the association ... Read more

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