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Study suggests that inflammation is behind period pain
Conclusion This study found that middle-aged women with elevated CRP levels were more likely to report symptoms of PMS. The study had a good sample size, and represented a racially diverse and community-based sample of women who could be generalised to the US population of middle-aged women. However, there are a few points to bear in mind: It is unclear whether CRP levels were measured two weeks before a woman's period, so the results may differ, depending on the stage of the menstrual cycle. As the researchers acknowledge, some of the associations observed may have resulted from other exposures, such as anti-inflam...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Neurology Medication Source Type: news

Here’s something unexpected: Sunbathers live longer
This study detected an association between sun exposure and a lower frequency of certain causes of death; however, that’s not the same as proving that sun exposure was the cause of longer life. It could turn out that there is another explanation for these results that has little to do with sun exposure itself. For example, perhaps people with more sun exposure tend to be more active, smoke less, and have healthier diets. The researchers tried to account for other factors such as these in their analysis, but it’s always possible that something important was overlooked. The reason why more sun exposure might prol...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - June 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Behavioral Health Healthy Aging Source Type: news

Migraines linked to increased heart disease risk in women
Conclusion This study shows a strong link between migraine and cardiovascular disease, extending the link already found between migraine and stroke. However, many questions remain. We don't know if the results are relevant to men who have migraines, as all the people in the study were women. We also don't know if the results apply to non-white populations, as most of the women in the study were white. Previous studies on stroke have shown that the group at highest risk is who get an "aura" before a migraine – sensation(s) that tells them the migraine is on its way. But this study did not ask people about ...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Neurology Source Type: news

Prescribing hormone replacement therapy
What to consider when prescribing HRT to treat symptoms of menopaus, including six questions to ask, a treatment pathway and simple formulary, and three case studies to test GPs' awareness of appropriate prescribing options. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - May 25, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: 10.1 Women's Health Source Type: news

Reader Poll: How Early Do You Start Your Patients on HRT?Reader Poll: How Early Do You Start Your Patients on HRT?
A new study suggests that timing of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may influence a menopausal woman’s risk of developing heart disease. Will it change how you prescribe HRT? Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Medical news: A case for skepticism
When you read medical news, do you ever get drawn in by the headline only to find the details deliver something quite different (or less) than expected? Or do the findings sound so dramatic that you wonder whether the results might be exaggerated or misleading? If you answered yes, I’m with you. The reasons to be skeptical are many. And it’s not that there are evil people out there deliberately trying to mislead you — well, there are a few of those, but only a few. Pressures on those that bring us health news make it almost certain that at times, information will be biased, incomplete, or flat-out wrong. ...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - April 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Health Health care Medical Research Source Type: news

Can HRT in early menopause cut heart disease risk?
ConclusionThis double-blind RCT found that women taking HRT less than six years after the menopause had slower artery wall thickening than those taking a placebo. This represented the main measure of atherosclerosis progression tested; other measures showed no difference, so the results were not as conclusive as they could have been. Women taking HRT 10 or more years after menopause also showed no difference in atherosclerosis progression compared with a placebo, further complicating the picture.An important limitation of this study is the lack of a patient relevant endpoint, such as cardiovascular events or mortality. Pre...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Medication Source Type: news

Menopause hormone clot risk lower for vaginal creams and skin patches
(Reuters Health) - Women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to ease menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats may have a lower risk of blood clots if they use estrogens applied vaginally or via skin patches, a Swedish study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Possible heart benefits of taking oestrogen get another look
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine investigates the link between the timing of hormone replacement therapy and atherosclerotic health. NPR (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - March 31, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Hot flush menopause misery could be over due to new wonder pill
Developed by a team at Imperial College, London, the new treatment works completely differently from hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The ‘very important’ advance could improve millions of lives. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New treatment for hot flushes could improve lives of millions
Some women can experience up to 30 hot flushes in a 24-hour period, seriously disrupting their sleep, relationships and work (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - March 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: menopause hot flushes Imperial College London hormone replacement therapy HRT Source Type: news

Talc and ovarian cancer: what the most recent evidence shows
Conclusion This case-control study aimed to investigate the association between talc use and ovarian cancer. The researchers found a significant link between genital talc use and ovarian cancer – an increase in risk of a third, compared with no use. However, the study has important limitations and is not able to prove direct cause and effect. Although this was a case-control study that made use of data collected as part of an ongoing cohort study, talc use only seems to have been assessed after cancer diagnosis.  The study says that, "subjects were personally interviewed about potential ovarian cancer...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Source Type: news

Talcum Powder: Just How Much Risk Does It Pose?
Johnson & Johnson is a trusted name whose baby powder has long been a staple of many homes. The powder absorbs excess moisture and protects skin from chafing and irritating rashes. Women in particular use it as a part of feminine hygiene. Now we are being told that this household item could be linked to cancer. Johnson & Johnson just lost a huge lawsuit brought by the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer after years of using the product. The decision wasn't actually based on hard evidence of a known link between talc and ovarian cancer, leading to a lot of confusion for consumers. Baby powder's main ing...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Worsening Migraine During HRT Tied to Increased Stroke Risk Worsening Migraine During HRT Tied to Increased Stroke Risk
Women who have worsening migraines while receiving hormone replacement therapy are at increased risk for ischemic stroke, new research suggests. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - February 18, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

HRT for elderly men could boost libido and make them happier
A 'landmark' new study has suggested that should consider taking hormone replacement therapy to boost their sex drive and improve their moods (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - February 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: energy vitality university pennsylvania study elderly research sex drive new england journal of medicine oap testosterone hrt Source Type: news

The Myth of Male Menopause
By John Swartzberg, M.D. It's been dubbed "manopause" or "andropause" -- a midlife change for men that some claim is just like menopause for women. But there's no such thing. "Male menopause" is a creation of the pharmaceutical and supplement industries, along with unscrupulous or uninformed practitioners who feel that some of their potency -- sexual and otherwise -- is declining. It sounds perfectly reasonable at first, but scientifically speaking, there's no evidence that men go through menopause in the same way that women do. That's not to say that men's testosterone levels don't decline ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can Hormone Replacement Therapy help hold off dementia?
HRT may protect women against dementia, a new study claims. Women who take oestrogen supplements before the start of menopause had better preserved brain structure. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Migraines May Worsen as Menopause Approaches
Researchers say hormonal changes and painkiller overuse may be to blame Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Hormone Replacement Therapy, Menopause, Migraine (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Buried in Pills
By Drs. David Niesel and Norbert Herzog, Medical Discovery News Have you ever heard doctors referred to as "pill pushers"? While medical professionals provide necessary and admirable services, it does make you wonder how many pills we take in a day, a month, a year or even a lifetime. In the British Museum in London, along with the Rosetta Stone and an Easter Island head, there is an exhibit with an expansive glass table, more than a yard wide and at least 20 yards long. On it rests a tapestry-like depiction of the number of pills two individuals would take over their lifetimes in various colors and sizes. On on...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 21, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

'Man Flu' Stories Show How We Make Women's Health All About Dudes
Whiny men might be excited by recent news stories that claim “man flu” -- the trope that men turn into bedridden drama kings at the slightest hint of a sniffle -- is real and totally justified because men have a harder time fighting off the flu. These headlines are based on a recent study that suggests estrogen could play a role in flu resistance. But the lead researcher said it's a huge "leap in logic" to say this proves anything about "man flu," and she emphasized that her study really doesn’t have much to do with guys, whiny or otherwise. “I find it so...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 15, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Early Menopause Linked to Later DepressionEarly Menopause Linked to Later Depression
A new meta-analysis suggests longer-term exposure to endogenous estrogens may have antidepressive benefits; however, the role of hormone replacement therapy is unclear. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - January 6, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Natural menopause the easy way
The post Natural menopause the easy way appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. For many women, going through the menopause means experiencing menopausal symptoms. These will be mild for some women, but for others, severe symptoms can affect them both physically and psychologically. Issues can include vaginal dryness, headaches, night sweats, mood changes, loss of libido, fatigue, and depression, so knowing how to manage these symptoms effectively can help a woman cope with the menopause. Although hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the first line of treatment usually prescribed, the infographic below shows there are ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - December 24, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Menopause natural menopause Source Type: news

Being happy 'won't help you live longer' survey finds
ConclusionThis large prospective study aimed to assess whether happiness or related measures of wellbeing are associated with risk of death, after allowing for the influence of the poor health and lifestyles of people who are unhappy.The study found poor health was linked with unhappiness in middle-aged women. However, after allowing for this association and adjusting for the influence of other factors that may be associated, such as smoking and poor socioeconomic status, happiness and related measures of wellbeing do not appear to have any direct effect on death. This suggests that, as has sometimes previously been s...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Mental health Source Type: news

Enough of modern health scares – we should be trusting our instincts | Yvonne Roberts
Just because the so-called medical experts tell us something, it doesn’t mean it’s trueOn Thursday, a million women experiencing the toughest time in the menopause – hot flushes, insomnia, startling mood swings – could have read the news that GPs are once again being encouraged to prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT).A study, published in 2003, had shown a significant increase in the risk of cancer. Last week, the health watchdog, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, said GPs had wrongly “lost confidence” in the drug. Women had been left to “suffer in silen...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 15, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Yvonne Roberts Tags: Health Menopause Women Medical research Society Biology Science UK news Source Type: news

Doctors should always offer the option of HRT – but not everyone will want it, and that’s OK | Deborah Orr
It’s a dereliction of duty if doctors are failing to discuss HRT knowledgably with patients. But symptoms vary, and so do people – and if some choose to tough out the menopause without medication, then kudos to themThe National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) has published new guidelines aimed at helping women and their GPs to reach an informed decision about hormone replacement therapy. Nice reckons that around a million women could currently be suffering debilitating menopausal symptoms because HRT is under-prescribed. The clear implication is that Nice experts reckon around a million women would mak...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 14, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Deborah Orr Tags: Menopause The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) Medical research Society Cancer NHS Science Women Source Type: news

New HRT advice is biased and misleading says Oxford professor
In landmark guidance yesterday, NICE urged GPs to offer hormone replacement therapy to anyone with severe menopause symptoms but body relied on experts with financial ties to drug firms. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors 'should discuss HRT more'
England's health watchdog says doctors should be more prepared to discuss hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as a possible treatment for the menopause. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The menopause myth buster every woman should read
As new health guidelines encourage more women to consider HRT, Radhika Sanghani uncovers the 7 misconceptions women have about the menopause (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - November 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: depression menstruation menopause health moody vagina hot flushes periods bleeding hormone replacement therapy hrt Source Type: news

HRT could benefit one million women, says NHS menopause guidance
Guideline says GPs should explain cancer risks but that HRT offers effective menopause relief for many womenNHS guidance on treatment of the menopause could lead to many thousands more women being offered hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in the UK. Related: A guide to the menopause Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 12, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Tags: Menopause Cancer Health Women NHS Science UK news Source Type: news

One million women could benefit from HRT, says NHS menopause guidance
Guideline says GPs should explain cancer risks but that HRT offers effective menopause relief for many womenNHS guidance on treatment of the menopause could lead to many thousands more women being offered hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in the UK.The guideline from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), unveiled on Thursday, seeks to reassure women and their GPs about the safety of HRT. Studies suggesting a link with breast cancer, published in 2002 and 2003, led to a halving of the numbers of women taking the drugs. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 12, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Tags: Menopause Cancer Health Women NHS Science UK news Source Type: news

NICE releases first ever guidance on treating menopause
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has today released its first guidance on menopause, and has stated that health professionals can recommend hormone replacement therapy Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - November 11, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: ltrevallion Tags: Women ' s health Mental health Professional Lifestyle Editor s pick Latest News Source Type: news

NICE recommends HRT in first menopause guidance
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has today released their first guidance on menopause, and has stated that health professionals can recommend hormone replacement therapy Hide related content:  Show related content CPD image:  read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - November 11, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: ltrevallion Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Leading HRT experts not consulted over NHS menopause guidance
Professors who advised government and led study identifying cancer risks of drugs not invited to give evidence to committee formulating new guidelinesThe UK’s leading experts on the cancer risks of hormone replacement therapy were not invited to give evidence to the committee preparing guidance for the NHS on treating the menopause, the Guardian has learned.Prof Klim McPherson from Oxford University, who has written many papers on HRT and sat on the government’s committee on the safety of medicines when it warned doctors to prescribe as little HRT for as short a time as possible for women suffering symptoms, wa...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 10, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Menopause The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) Women NHS UK news Society Medical research Science Pharmaceuticals industry Business Source Type: news

PR campaign underplays HRT cancer risks, critics say
Campaign funded by treatment manufacturer could mislead women before official menopause guidance is released, some scientists fear A PR campaign to promote the use of hormone replacement therapy in women is under way before official guidance on how to treat the menopause is released, causing some scientists concern that the cancer dangers of the drugs will be underplayed.The campaign, run by the Weber Shandwick agency and funded by a drug manufacturer that provides the treatment, has already put out a survey saying women are unnecessarily worried about the risks of HRT. It is preparing a further release about the attitudes...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 7, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Tags: Cancer Menopause Health Science Medical research UK news Society Source Type: news

HRT media campaign underplays cancer risks, critics say
Campaign funded by treatment manufacturer could mislead women before official menopause guidance is released, some scientists fear A PR campaign to promote the use of hormone replacement therapy in women is under way before official guidance on how to treat the menopause is released, causing some scientists concern that the cancer dangers of the drugs will be underplayed.The campaign, run by the Weber Shandwick agency and funded by a drug manufacturer that provides the treatment, has already put out a survey saying women are unnecessarily worried about the risks of HRT. It is preparing a further release about the attitudes...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 7, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Tags: Cancer Menopause Health Science Medical research UK news Society Source Type: news

What Women Can Do About Hair Loss
SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Sheryl Kraft Everyone loses hair. In fact, it’s normal to lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. But what if it seems like there’s significantly more loss than that? “Once you exceed that, you’re losing it at an abnormal rate,” says Dr. David J. Wong, clinical associate professor of dermatology at Stanford University. Contrary to popular notion, hair loss is not just a condition that men face: up to 40 percent of women in America also experience it. No ‘Bald Is Beautiful’ for Women Bruce Willis, Patric...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Using HRT to treat menopause is safe, says study
Women who took HRT for up to 25 years no more likely to develop breast cancer, heart disease or diabetes, US scientists foundUsing hormone replacement therapy to treat uncomfortable symptoms of menopause is completely safe, according to the authors of a decade-long study.The research by New York University, presented to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Baltimore, suggests the risks of serious side-effects have been overstated. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 19, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Elgot Tags: Menopause Reproduction Biology Science Cancer Heart attack Diabetes Health Society World news Source Type: news

Benefits from HRT 'outweigh the risks' to cope with menopause
Taking hormone replacement therapy to cope with the menopause is safe, a major study has concluded. Doctors last night said women can finally take HRT with confidence. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hormone health: Could testosterone be the new Botox for women?
Younger-looking skin, more energy and a revved-up sex drive? All promises of the latest form of hormone therapy. Could it really hold the key to better health? Anna Magee reports (Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice)
Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice - October 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: tired menopause oestrogen Botox hormones sex drive hormonal mood exhausted Hormone Replacement Therapy testosterone cortisol HRT Source Type: news

Hormone replacement may protect women's kidneys, study suggests
A study presented at the American Society of Nephrology annual conference suggests an association between women undergoing hormone replacement therapy and lower incidence of kidney disease. Medical Xpress (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - October 7, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Earlier Hormone Therapy May Pose Less Risk for Menopausal Women
Starting treatment around onset of menopause seems to lower threat to heart, study says Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Disease in Women, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Menopause (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hormone Therapy Safe During Ovarian Cancer?
Hormone replacement therapy may be safe for women with ovarian cancer, according to a new study. WebMD has the details. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HRT safe and perhaps beneficial in women treated for ovarian cancer, major trial shows
(Institute of Cancer Research) Women with the commonest type of ovarian cancer can safely take hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and it could have a beneficial effect on their survival, a long-term clinical trial reports. The 24-year, phase III international trial provides the strongest evidence yet that women with epithelial ovarian cancer -- which accounts for 80-90 per cent of cases -- can safely take HRT during or after their treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 28, 2015 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

The 3 Types Of People You Meet As A Trans Person On OKCupid
On one of the first days in January, I sat staring both optimistically and skeptically at a Chinese zodiac website that just one year before accurately predicted the complete destruction of every aspect of my life. This year, it said, would bring a whirlwind of positive change: This site is two for two now. My 2015 kicked off with a pretty major milestone: I began medically transitioning into a female body. I'd spent all winter debating whether this was the right step for me, but once I finally started hormone replacement therapy, I immediately felt it was the best decision I'd made my entire life. Finally, with the approp...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Could eating vegetables reduce breast cancer risk?
Recent research suggests that luteolin, found naturally in some vegetables, could help counter the breast cancer-causing effects of combined hormone replacement therapy. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Breast Cancer Source Type: news

Natural compound could reduce breast cancer risk in some women
The odds of women being diagnosed with breast cancer increase in postmenopausal women who have taken a combined estrogen and progestin hormone replacement therapy; these women also have an increased risk of developing progestin-accelerated breast tumors. Now, researchers have found that luteolin, a natural compound found in herbs such as thyme and parsley as well as vegetables such as celery and broccoli, could reduce the cancer risk for women who have taken hormone replacement therapy. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 10, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Natural compound could reduce breast cancer risk in some women
(University of Missouri-Columbia) The odds of women being diagnosed with breast cancer increase in postmenopausal women who have taken a combined estrogen and progestin hormone replacement therapy; these women also have an increased risk of developing progestin-accelerated breast tumors. Now, University of Missouri researchers have found that luteolin, a natural compound found in herbs such as thyme and parsley as well as vegetables such as celery and broccoli, could reduce the cancer risk for women who have taken hormone replacement therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 9, 2015 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

'Dynamite patches' blow away hot flushes and could offer an alternative to HRTs 
Patches laced with the dynamite ingredient nitroglycerine are being used to treat menopausal hot flushes, offering a possible alternative to hormone-replacement therapy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hormone Replacement Therapy: Benefits and Risks
Can HRT spare you from hot flashes and night sweats? Get the latest treatment info. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news