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Could an Estrogen Patch Boost Women's Sex Lives in Menopause?

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – Women in early menopause who feel their sex drive or function is lagging may want to consider help from an estrogen "patch," new research suggests. In the new study, "we show that [supplemental] estrogens can also be beneficial for sexual function," said study lead author Dr. Hugh Taylor of Yale School of Medicine. His group published the findings Aug. 28 in JAMA Internal ...

Hormone Therapy Not Advised for Preventing Disease After Menopause

Posted 16 May 2017 by

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – Using hormone therapy to prevent chronic health issues, such as heart disease and bone loss, in postmenopausal women may do more harm than good, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says. After reviewing current evidence, the task force has issued an updated draft recommendation, reaffirming its final statement issued in 2012. The expert panel advises against ...

HRT Won't Lower Women's Alzheimer's Risk, Study Finds

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – Women who use hormone therapy after menopause may not have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's, a new study suggests. However, there was some evidence that long-term use – over a decade – might be tied to a lower risk of the memory-robbing brain disease. But the results were far from definitive, the researchers added. The study is the latest to delve into the ...

Earlier Hormone Therapy May Pose Less Risk for Menopausal Women

Posted 30 Sep 2015 by

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 ...

Women's Faces Are Redder During Ovulation, Study Says

Posted 30 Jun 2015 by

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 – Women's faces are redder than usual during ovulation, but this subtle change isn't detectable to the human eye, new research shows. This change may be a possible signal of peak fertility, and it may have evolved to become less noticeable since controlling or hiding ovulation has greater benefits, the researchers suggested. In primates, males only express interest in ...

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 ...

Exercise May Blunt a Woman's Risk of Lung and Breast Cancer: Studies

Posted 2 Jun 2015 by

TUESDAY, June 2, 2015 – Physical activity may reduce a woman's risk of lung or breast cancer, a pair of new studies suggest. Women seem less likely to either develop or die from lung cancer if they engage in physical activity, and the benefits increase the more a woman stays on the move, Stanford University researchers found. "We saw that as levels of physical activity increase, risk of lung ...

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 ...

Many Women Unaware of Female-Specific Stroke Symptoms

Posted 7 May 2015 by

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. ...

Transgender People Do Not Face Higher Breast Cancer Risk, Study Shows

Posted 11 Mar 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 – While some may worry about the long-term health effects of hormonal therapy on transgender people, a new study finds no higher risk of breast cancer in this group than in the general population. Reporting in the journal LGBT Health, the analysis of U.S. veterans' medical records from 1998 to 2013 identified 10 cases of breast cancer in transgender people, according to ...

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 ...

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

Posted 8 Mar 2015 by

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 ...

Short-Term, Early HRT May Cut Women's Alzheimer's Risk: Study

Posted 24 Oct 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24 – It is said that timing is everything. When it comes to taking hormone replacement therapy, that may indeed be true. A new study has found that taking hormone replacement therapy within five years of menopause may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by 30 percent compared to women who have not used hormone therapy. The researchers set out to better understand ...

Hormone Replacement Therapy: Safe or Not?

Posted 24 Oct 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24 – Is hormone replacement therapy safe or not? It has taken a decade of research to arrive at a conclusion that is far from definitive: The evidence suggests it may help in the short term to manage hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause in some younger, healthy women. But, taking it for long periods of time or later in menopause to help prevent certain chronic diseases ...

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