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Scientists Get Closer to Origins of Hot Flashes

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 – Researchers report that stimulating particular brain cells triggers hot flashes in mice – a discovery they hope will lead to better therapies for women going through menopause. Humans also have these brain cells, known as Kiss1 neurons, and the new study suggests they perform similar functions in humans, according to the University of Washington researchers. And the ...

What Foods Can Hasten, or Delay, Menopause?

Posted 1 May 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 – What women eat might determine when they enter menopause, new research suggests. After tracking more than 35,000 British women for four years, investigators found that menopause tended to start earlier among those whose diets were heavy in refined carbs. In contrast, menopause tended to begin later among those who consumed a lot of fish and legumes. "In particular, a ...

Health Tip: Women Have Unique Nutrition Needs

Posted 12 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Women have unique nutritional needs, especially during pregnancy and menopause. Here's how a woman's diet should differ from that of a man, courtesy of the U.S. government's Office on Women's Health: Calories.Women typically need fewercalories because women naturally have less muscle, more body fat and are usually smaller. Vitamins and minerals.Calcium, iron and folic acid are important for ...

As Menopause Symptoms Get Worse, Heart May Pay a Price

Posted 11 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 – There could be a link between the severity of a woman's menopausal symptoms and her risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. While the research couldn't prove cause-and-effect, it's "yet another important study which highlights gender-specific risk factors for heart disease," said Dr. Rachel Bond. She directs women's heart health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York ...

Range of Vaginal Dryness Products Can Help Postmenopausal Women: Study

Posted 19 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 – For many women in or past menopause, vaginal dryness is a recurring symptom. But a new report finds that several treatments work equally well – regardless of their price tag. "The fact that all three treatments [tested] – vaginal estradiol tablets, a vaginal moisturizer and the lubricating gel we used as a placebo – were able to reduce symptoms is great news for ...

Tackling Menopausal Sleep Problems From Other Angles

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 – Menopause can bring on a host of complaints, including sleep disruptions. Now, researchers say that hot flashes and depression are strongly tied to sleep woes. Treating those two problems may help improve sleep for menopausal women, the new study findings suggest. "Poor sleep is one of the major issues that menopausal women seek treatment for from their doctors," said ...

The Risk Factors That Make Women More Likely To Have A Stroke

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – Stroke affects more women than men in the United States. And a new study pinpoints stroke risk factors unique to females. "Many people don't realize that women suffer stroke more frequently than men, and mortality is much higher among women," said Dr. Kathryn Rexrode, the study's corresponding author. "As women age, they are much more likely to have a stroke as a first ...

Menopause May Worsen Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Posted 5 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 – Menopause may speed physical decline in women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a new study suggests. While rheumatoid arthritis rates in women are three times higher than in men, and women with RA have more severe physical decline and disability, sex-based differences in RA are poorly understood, the researchers said. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that ...

Hormone Therapy May Ease Depression Linked to Menopause

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – A year of hormone therapy cut the risk of depression symptoms in women going through menopause and early postmenopause, new research shows. "Thirty-two percent of women randomized to treatment with a placebo experienced clinically significant depressive symptoms. But for women randomized to hormone therapy, the risk was cut nearly in half, to 17 percent," said ...

Health Tip: Identify Menopause

Posted 27 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- All women go through menopause, when the menstrual periods stop and the child-bearing years end. Symptoms may emerge all at once, or may be mild at first and progress over time. The U.S. Office on Women's Health says symptoms of menopause include: No menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. Hot flashes. Trouble sleeping. Mood swings and irritability. Vaginal dryness. Loss of interest in ...

Postmenopausal Women Should Still Steer Clear of HRT: Task Force

Posted 12 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 – Yet again, the nation's leading authority on preventive medicine says postmenopausal women should avoid hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is standing by its original recommendation that women who have already gone through menopause should avoid using female hormones to guard against osteoporosis or diabetes, said task force ...

Bad Hot Flashes, Sleep Apnea Often Go Together

Posted 1 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 – As if severe hot flashes alone weren't enough of a problem for menopausal women, a new study finds these symptoms may also be tied to a greater risk for sleep apnea and related heart issues. The study included nearly 1,700 middle-aged women, about 25 percent of whom were at intermediate or high risk for obstructive sleep apnea – for instance, they generally were older, ...

Hormone Therapy May Be OK for Women With Migraines

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – Women who suffer from migraines may be able to safely use hormone therapy to treat menopause symptoms, a new study suggests. The study of 85,000 U.S. women found no evidence that hormone therapy carried a particular risk of heart attack or stroke among those with a history of migraine headaches. That possibility has been a concern, mainly based on studies of younger ...

Talk Therapy May Help Menopause Woes

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – Talk therapy may help relieve menopause-related sleep problems and depression, a new study suggests. Insomnia – an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep – and depression are common in menopausal women. "Given the high prevalence rates of insomnia and depressive symptoms in midlife women, we felt there was a need for more research to be done on the effectiveness of ...

Could Hormone Supplements for Menopause Make a Comeback?

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – The door may be opening again for menopausal women suffering from hot flashes and night sweats to receive some relief from a source once thought too dangerous to consider, researchers say. Hormone replacement therapy to treat symptoms of menopause does not increase a woman's risk of early death – either overall or specifically from cancer or heart disease, according to ...

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