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Same Pregnancy Meds Can Cost $200 -- or $11,000

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 – The same medication to prevent preterm birth can cost $200 – or nearly $11,000, a new study finds. Harvard Medical School researchers found that use of a brand name and prepackaging was associated with a 5,000 percent increase in the cost of the synthetic hormone progestin. They said the average per-pregnancy cost of a compounded, made-to-order form of the medication ...

Hormone Therapy Not Advised for Preventing Disease After Menopause

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Hormone Replacement Therapy Tied to Hearing Loss

Posted 12 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 – Hearing loss has been linked to several factors associated with menopause, a new study says. One factor is your age at menopause. An older age is tied to a higher risk of hearing troubles. And, a second factor is the use of oral hormone therapy to ease some of the symptoms of menopause. The researchers also found that the longer a woman used hormone therapy, the greater ...

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

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Progesterone May Not Help Prevent Repeat Miscarriage, Study Finds

Posted 25 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Taking progesterone supplements in the first trimester of pregnancy may not improve the odds of motherhood for women with a history of miscarriage, a new study finds. Researchers found that among more than 800 women with one or more unexplained miscarriages, those who received the hormone in early pregnancy were no less likely to miscarry than those who received a ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

Hormone Treatment for Brain Injury Fails to Meet Expectations

Posted 10 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 – Treatment with the hormone progesterone doesn't benefit patients with traumatic brain injury, a new study finds. "These results are plainly disappointing," lead investigator Dr. David Wright, an associate professor and vice chair for research in emergency medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, said in a university news release. "The preclinical data on ...

Progesterone Shots May Not Prevent Preterm Birth of Twins: Study

Posted 14 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 14 – Progesterone shots are not effective in preventing preterm delivery of twins, say French researchers, who found that the hormone injections could actually do more harm than good. The researchers were working with a form of progesterone called 17P. "We found that 17P was not effective in women with twin pregnancies and a short cervix (defined as less than 25 millimeters ...

New Research Suggests HRT May Lower Heart Risks

Posted 10 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10 – New research suggests that women who take hormone replacement therapy in the early stages of menopause may have a reduced risk of heart attack, heart failure or dying. This apparent benefit comes without a heightened risk of cancer or blood clots, the Danish researchers said. These health risks have long been a concern of menopausal women and their doctors when considering ...

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 ...

Progesterone Treatment Cuts Preterm Birth Risk in Certain Women

Posted 6 Apr 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 6 – Progesterone treatment lowers the risk of preterm birth in women with a short cervix, a new study shows. Progesterone is a naturally occurring hormone that plays an important role in maintaining pregnancy. It's believed that a short cervix – a known risk factor for preterm birth – may be a sign of a shortage of progesterone. This study included 458 women with a short ...

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