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  • Electroacupuncture may ease hot flashes, aid sleep in breast cancer survivors

    Electroacupuncture may ease hot flashes, aid sleep in breast cancer survivors

    Research we’re watching Approximately 30% to 40% of women with breast cancer report persistent hot flashes and night sweats. A new study conducted by researchers from the United States and Canada indicates that electroacupuncture might provide some relief. The researchers studied 58 breast cancer survivors who reported sleep disruptions from hot flashes. They randomly assigned […]

  • Postmenopausal women treated for DCIS live as long as other women

    Postmenopausal women treated for DCIS live as long as other women

    Research we’re watching Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) differs from breast cancer because it is noninvasive, so it cannot spread to other parts of the body. However, it can progress to an invasive breast cancer, which can be life-threatening. Researchers from the Netherlands Cancer Institute wanted to determine how DCIS affected long-term survival. The team […]

  • Can implantable hormone pellets prevent bone loss?

    Can implantable hormone pellets prevent bone loss?

    Ask the doctor Q. I’ve heard that bioidentical hormone pellets injected near the hip are more effective than bone-building drugs in stopping bone loss and preventing hip fracture. Is this true? A. The FDA hasn’t approved hormone pellets for preventing or treating bone loss. Moreover, there are no randomized controlled trials on record, so we […]

  • Short-term estrogen use doesn’t protect against dementia, study indicates

    Short-term estrogen use doesn’t protect against dementia, study indicates

    Research we’re watching Although hormone therapy was once thought to help preserve cognitive function after menopause, there is mounting evidence to the contrary, including a recent report from the Kuopio Osteoporosis Risk Factor and Prevention Study. Researchers in that project sent questionnaires to all women ages 47 to 56 who lived in the Finnish province […]

  • Vaginal Atrophy (Atrophic Vaginitis)

    Vaginal Atrophy (Atrophic Vaginitis)

    What Is It? Vaginal atrophy is a change of the vagina that develops when there is a significant decrease in levels of the female hormone estrogen. The condition also is called atrophic vaginitis. Estrogen, which is produced by the ovaries, plays a vital role in keeping vaginal tissues lubricated and healthy. When levels of estrogen […]

  • Is it the onset of menopause?

    Is it the onset of menopause?

    Download video. The onset of menopause isn’t just for women over 50. Dr. JoAnn Manson explains how women of any age can experience hot flashes and other hormonal fluctuations, and what you can do to better handle the heat.

  • Hot Flashes

    Hot Flashes

    Welcome to our Decision Health Guide on Hot Flashes. This guide is designed for women who are experiencing hot flashes during menopause. Hot flashes occur when estrogen hormone levels decrease. Hot flashes are felt by about 85% of women during the years immediately before and after menopause. They are uncomfortable, but they are not dangerous. […]

  • Hormone therapy update

    Hormone therapy update

    How to make sense of the new recommendations on postmenopausal hormone therapy. A decade ago, women used hormone therapy (HT) not only to relieve menopause symptoms, but also to prevent chronic conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and dementia. That was before results of the landmark Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study were released in 2002, […]

  • Testosterone therapy: Is it for women?

    Testosterone therapy: Is it for women?

    Some try testosterone to boost a sagging libido, but this therapy is still unproven in women. You’ve probably seen those TV ads targeted to men with “low T,” a drop in testosterone level that often occurs with age. Because this male hormone is an instrumental component in sexual desire, declining libido is a common symptom […]

  • Don’t give up on losing weight and staying fit

    Don’t give up on losing weight and staying fit

    Postmenopausal weight gain and loss of muscle tone aren’t inevitable—you just need to work a little harder. Remember when you could eat whatever you wanted (within reason) and you still looked great in a bathing suit? As long as you ate a generally healthy diet and stayed active, you were able to keep your weight […]

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