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A Strange Year – Patricia’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. I had to have full hysterectomy ( luckily it was keyhole and I was only in hospital for 2 nights) last December followed by 5 weeks of radiation, January/ March. It was a very tough time but with the help of my lovely partner and friends managed and in April I was back to enjoying life a bit and attending the odd light exercise class. Some time in May I noticed that my right leg was a bit swollen and mentioned this at my 2nd check u...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - November 14, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories lymphoedema Source Type: news

Hormone replacement therapy: Can it cause vaginal bleeding?
(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - November 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

EC European Code Against Cancer initiative: 4th edition launched
ANH-Intl comment on the 12-point cancer prevention recommendations (Source: Alliance for Natural Health)
Source: Alliance for Natural Health - October 22, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Sophie Tags: activity alcohol aspartame bodyweight calories cancer Cochrane Collaboration diet Envirohealth Matters europe European Code Against Cancer exercise gardasil glyphosate hormone replacement therapy HPV HRT IARC immunity Source Type: news

Depression – The Daddy of Them All
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. When it comes to invisible illnesses, it could be said that depression is the Daddy of them all – it’s a slippery customer which is often misunderstood as it comes dressed as an emotion. What does the word ‘depression’ really mean? It may be a short-lived feeling of despair and hopelessness. It can also mean a period of little business activity and low economic growth. An area of low pressure on a weather map...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - October 21, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Women's Health depression invisible illness Source Type: news

Hysteroscopic Morcellation of Fibroids – NICE Research
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. What is hysteroscopic morcellation of uterine leiomyomas (fibroids)? NICE is looking at a very specific type of procedure which is called ‘hysteroscopic morcellation of uterine leiomyomas (fibroids). In this procedure, a small metal tube (a hysteroscope) is put inserted through the vagina and into the womb through the cervix. A small instrument with a specially designed tip is inserted through the tube and used to break the fi...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - October 20, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Research fibroids morcellation Source Type: news

Positive Hysterectomy – Sally’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. I had an elective and positive hysterectomy 6 weeks ago after suffering from PMDD for about 26 years. This condition only allowed me two goods weeks each month where I could function normally. The remaining two weeks were hell and at times I didn’t want to live anymore. I had a full hysterectomy (laparoscopy), because my ovaries were the cause of my many problems. I am having a few problems with oestrogen levels but these are ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - October 10, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories laparascopic hysterectomy PMDD Source Type: news

Hormone loss could be involved in colon cancer
Like diabetes, colon cancer may be caused in part by the loss of one hormone, suggesting hormone replacement therapy could stall cancer formation. New evidence suggests that human colon cells may become cancerous when they lose the ability to produce a hormone that helps the cells maintain normal biology. If verified by further studies, it suggests that treating patients at high risk for colon cancer by replacing the hormone guanylin could prevent the development of cancer. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 10, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Hormone loss could be involved in colon cancer
(Thomas Jefferson University) Like diabetes, colon cancer may be caused in part by the loss of one hormone, suggesting hormone replacement therapy could stall cancer formation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 10, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news

To hell and back – Emma’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. My story starts 6 years ago. After I separated from my husband I got into a new relationship around 6 months later and found that due to my new partner being rather large in the trouser department that I had a sensitive cervix that bled every time I had intercourse. Over the next 5 years I had colposcopy’s, loop excursions, cauterisation’s and even had the coil fitted that helped for a while but then the problems would ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - October 9, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories Source Type: news

Welcoming a new era in transplant surgery – the womb transplant
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. It was only going to be a matter of time before a baby was born in a transplanted womb. Womb transplants have been on the verge of such a medical breakthrough for several years since  the first transplant took place in 2002 in Saudi Arabia http://www.hysterectomy-association.org.uk/hysterectomy/first-womb-transplant-takes-place-in-woman/. Originally tested in rats it was confirmed as possible in the latter part of the 20th cent...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - October 5, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Research womb transplant Source Type: news

Memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s reversed for first time
Patient 1 had two years of progressive memory loss. She was considering quitting her job, which involved analyzing data and writing reports, she got disoriented driving, and she mixed up the names of her pets. Patient 2 kept forgetting once-familiar faces at work, forgot his gym locker combination and had to have his assistants constantly remind him of his work schedule. Patient 3’s memory was so bad that she used an iPad to record everything, then forgot her password. Her children noticed she commonly lost her train of thought in mid-sentence, and often asked them if they had carried out the tasks that she mistakenl...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 3, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Surgery – Shelly’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. Thirteen years ago (when I was 39) I was diagnosed with having a 11 cm in diameter fibroid. I did not have any of the symptoms the rest of you have written about. All of the gynaecologists I saw at the time found it remarkable that I was not having any symptoms at the time, but still said it would be advisable to have removed, but at the time my life was quite busy and I felt I could not afford to take the time off to recover from a...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - October 2, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories bilateral salpingo oophorectomy embolisation fibroids laparascopic hysterectomy Source Type: news

Hysterectomy?…..Yes please! – Francesca’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. Hi, thank you for taking the time to read my story Where do I begin?? I’m 31 and suffering with a very large submucousal and pedunculated fibroid, growing from the back wall of my uterus that is as large wide as it is long. My extended womb presses on my bladder and bowels, causing chronic constipation and regular UTI’s + all of the other horrid symptoms I won’t mention. The bleeding has always been my biggest pro...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 30, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories fibroids myomectomy total abdominal hysterectomy Source Type: news

Skirt size increase ups breast cancer risk
Conclusion This study suggests that while obesity generally is a risk factor for breast cancer, an increase in waist circumference, as shown in skirt size, between a woman’s twenties and after the menopause, may be an independent measure of increased risk. Keeping to a healthy weight is important for overall health, and for reducing the risk of several cancers. However, few women in their 60s have the same waist size as they did in their twenties – in this study, for example, the average skirt size at 25 was a 12, but at 64 it was a size 14. The 33% increased risk of breast cancer after menopause calculated by...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Obesity Source Type: news

Minimally Invasive Uterine and Fibroid Morcellation Warnings
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. In recent months there have been a number of warnings issued about uterine polyp and fibroid morcellation during laparascopic hysterectomy or myomectomy, most notably by the FDA in the United States. It’s come about because in a small number of cases the fibroids being removed were shown to be malignant after the surgery, something that was not known prior to the operation. In a few of these cases women went on to develop leio...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 22, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Alternatives to Hysterectomy laparascopic hysterectomy morcellation myomectomy Source Type: news

Do not be afraid – Anna’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. First anniversary, yahoo! Time really passes. 3 September 2013 was the first major operation operation I have ever had. Imagine the paralysing fear, the anger, the confusion. I am a 51 year old Asian woman, married with 2 teenage children. I was diagnosed with Cystocele 14 years ago, right after the birth of my daughter. I felt a bulge in my vagina and often it disappeared after a good night sleep. The gynecologist who attended to m...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 19, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories cystocele prolapse vaginal hysterectomy Source Type: news

Hysterectomy at 22 – Clara’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. Hi. I had a tumour at the age of ten which surrounded my first ovary so I had to get it removed. Since that time I’ve had multiple operations due to endometriosis and at the age of 18 the same tumour came back on my last remaining ovary. They managed to save 10% of my ovary but I was told I could never conceive. I was heart broken. but at the age of 21 I fell pregnant and had a beautiful healthy baby boy who is now my miracle....
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 19, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories endometriosis Source Type: news

To have the op or not – Geri’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. I’m due to have a hysterectomy in 2 months time but really unsure what to do. I’ve had the cin1 strain, which then went up to cin2. I have had three treatments done but now being told although no cells are present I have viral changes. Because of previous treatments I have no cervix wall left to do anymore treatment if next smear is abnormal. The doctor says my problem could be further up inside cervix which cannot be s...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 19, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories cervical cancer Source Type: news

Eczema; Are You Itching for a Cure?
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. Covance is currently appealing for patients with mild, moderate and severe eczema to take part in studying a new, non-steroidal cream. There’s more information about eczema trials here, https://uk.testwiththebest.com/eczema-sufferers-clinical-trial.php , but if you’d like to know more about how this study effects you, read on… It is well documented that atopic dermatitis (eczema) can flare up in response to extern...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 18, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Women's Health eczema invisible illness Source Type: news

U.S. FDA panel recommends approval of NPS hormone replacement drug
(Reuters) - A panel of outside advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday voted 8-5 to recommend approval for Natpara, a hormone replacement therapy developed by NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Best thing I ever did! – Bernadette’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. I am 48 yr old and am 31/2 weeks post op – I had a total vaginal hysterectomy for fibroids. I was terrified of the op – being an ex nurse, all I could think of was what could go wrong! I joined this organisation and prepared by reading as much as possible. The week before the Op I increased my activity levels and took vitamin C and drank lots water. I had protein drinks pre op as part of an ” enhanced recovery&rdqu...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 12, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories fibroids total vaginal hysterectomy Source Type: news

Hysterectomy Association Newsletter September 2014
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. Welcome to the September newsletter. Well, my dire predictions of the summer ending thankfully didn’t come to anything and we seem to be enjoying a late summer bonus here in the UK. Hopefully that’s the case elsewhere in the world too. The Hysteria Writing Competition has finally closed to entries for this year and our judges are busy finishing off reading all the entries that arrived in the last week of August. When our...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 11, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Newsletters Amyloidosis sleeping Source Type: news

Pre hysterectomy, looking for support – Lisa’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. I am scheduled for a hysterectomy in 2 days and I am freaking out! I have been doing some research, including reading stories here and often women take medication to shrink their fibroid tumors prior to surgery. I am now wondering why my doctor would not have me do the same. My story is this, I have been having issues with heavy periods, abdominal discomfort and expanding abdomen for a couple of years now! I was feeling run down, de...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 11, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories fibroids Source Type: news

Constipation and My Intestines after TAH/BSO – Gretchen’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. I had a TAH/BSO in June of 2012 after findings of precancerous cells of the uterus. The surgery went well and minimal pain afterwards. The feeling of my insides “sloshing around” in my abdomen wasn’t something I expected. I had a vertical abdominal incision and since the surgery the abdomen to the right of the incision has been a protrusion, as if my intestines had settled into a ball, in that area. I found out by ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 11, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories bilateral salpingo oophorectomy constipation tah total abdominal hysterectomy Source Type: news

One week on – Lynn’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. Well, its one week on since my hysterectomy, two days in hospital then discharged and feel not too bad – better than I thought I would. Went back to hospital yesterday to have stitches removed and have an infection in the wound which is being treated with antibiotics – apparently not an unusual situation. All feels good although painful around the scar. Gradually building up my exercise regime and now on a ten minute ge...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 11, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories Source Type: news

U.S. FDA staff review of NPS drug sparks stock rebound
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Shares in NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc soared on Wednesday after a preliminary report from U.S. regulators said its hormone replacement therapy Natpara, which could be approved by late next month, appears to be effective. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Wearing a bra 'doesn't raise breast cancer risk'
Conclusion This study suggests that past bra-wearing characteristics are not associated with breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women. The study does have some limitations: There was only limited matching of the cases and controls, which could mean that other differences between the groups may be contributing to results. The potential confounders assessed were reported to not have a large impact on the results, which suggests that the lack of matching may not be having a large effect, but these results were not shown to allow assessment of this by the reader. Controls were not selected for the women with invasive d...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Lifestyle/exercise Source Type: news

Amyloidosis – Can you help relieve the pressure?
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. Have you ever heard of amyloidosis? Don’t worry, I hadn’t either! The good news is you don’t have to be an expert on this rare and dangerous disease to help lighten the load of its victims. Amyloidosis is a condition which causes an excessive build-up of proteins in the blood. These proteins form clusters called ‘amyloids’, which are deposited around the sufferer’s body, putting undue pressure on ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 2, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Health Conditions Amyloidosis invisible illness Source Type: news

Feeling Guilty For Our Son After Emergency Hysterectomy – Amanda’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. I’m 27 years old, been with my husband for almost 11 years, married 2 1/2 years. My waters broke 4 weeks early with our first child,while I was walking in the hallway of our house. We rushed to the hospital, obviously found out we were in labor! We were soooo excited! Well after a slow start, then 20 hours later pushing for 3 hours, then they decided to do a c-section. After a few minutest short of 24 hours! We had our son, t...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 2, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories emergency hysterectomy post partum haemorrhage Source Type: news

The Forty Year Wait – Andi’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. Every since I was 11 years old I had terrible periods. My mother used to sit me on the lawn with a towel and told me only to come inside when the towel needed changing. When I talk about a towel I mean a bath towel – not a sanitary napkin!! Eventually I was taken to the doctor and despite my mothers support the doctor always said it was “in my head”, so all my growing up years I was plagued with these terrible peri...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 30, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories endometrial ablation fibroids laparascopic hysterectomy Source Type: news

How sleep can get you through the menopause
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. For whatever reason you may have for deciding to have an elective hysterectomy, it’s important that you consider all of the effects of an operation which will inevitably change your life. Should you need a hysterectomy at a younger age, one of the effects is the early onset of menopause, which can be both a difficult but also enlightening time in a woman’s life in which her body experiences many changes. The menopause ca...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 30, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: menopause sleeping Source Type: news

Don’t worry about a thing! – Debbie’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. Well it’s been three and a half years since my op and I feel brilliant! However I remember every worry and concern pre op as if it were yesterday. I was 43 when I was diagnosed with fibroids, usual symptoms, heavy periods lasting ages, aches and pains etc. I had 2 children with no intention of having more but the second I was told I needed a hysterectomy I suddenly needed more children! I had a great sex life and thought it wo...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 27, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories fibroids Source Type: news

Hysterectomy Association Newsletter August 2014
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. Welcome to the August newsletter. Has summer officially ended? The rain we’ve had in Dorset today would suggest that it has; mind you at least it was warm, if a tad damp! Hopefully, you have all been out enjoying the sun. Those who are recovering from surgery could certainly have used the time to sit and enjoy a good book in the shade perhaps. Other News Items In our regular monthly look at invisible illnesses, this months po...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 25, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Newsletters research Source Type: news

The Countdown Clock is Ticking for Hysteria 2014
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. The clock’s ticking away and the August 31st writing competition deadline for Hysteria 2014 is approaching fast. If you’ve already got something down on paper now is the time to start editing. Hemingway said write drunk and edit sober. In other words, after the passion and fire that comes with creativity you have to look at your work with a cool, dispassionate eyes – almost as if someone else had written it. Changi...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 18, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria Writing Competition bridget whelan hysteria 2014 writer in residence Source Type: news

Pelvic Pain: The Master of Disguise
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. In July we started a new series of posts about invisible illnesses in conjunction with Covance. This month’s post is one which has a huge amount of relevance to our readers because it’s a problem which will almost certainly affect most, if not all at some point. The reason the subject caught our eye was because one study in particular has stood out for Covance recently – the trialling of a brand new treatment for c...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 12, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Health Conditions cancer covance endometriosis fibroids pelvic inflammatory disease pelvic pain Source Type: news

Does Estrogen Have a Role in the Cause and...
Is there a link between estrogen and lung cancer - does hormone replacement therapy or the use of birth control pills affect risk or death? (Source: About.com Lung Cancer)
Source: About.com Lung Cancer - August 3, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: health Source Type: news

Vitamin D Blog: Nutrient or Hormone?
(MedPage Today) -- Few people view their vitamin D supplement as hormone replacement therapy, but that?s exactly what it is, experts told MedPage Today. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - July 31, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Groundbreaking New Ingredient: EstroG-100, the Only Product on the...
EstroG-100 works 6x faster than other herbal remedies, without the side effects of hormone replacement therapy.(PRWeb July 30, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12057207.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - July 31, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Menopause HT Doesn't Touch Arterial Plaque
(MedPage Today) -- Hormone replacement therapy early in menopause does not reduce the risk of atherosclerosis in low-risk women, a finding now confirmed by data from the KEEPS trial. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - July 30, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Hormone Therapy At Menopause Fails To Halt Heart Disease Progression
More than a decade ago the Women's Health Study produced surprising and important results when it showed that broad use of hormone replacement therapy did not reduce cardiovascular risk in post-menopausal women. But the study also led to speculation  that hormone therapy  might be beneficial when delivered closer to the time of menopause. Now a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine shows that menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) may have some favorable effects on some cardiovascular risk factors but it does not reduce the progression of atherosclerosis. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 28, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Larry Husten Source Type: news

Early Hormone Therapy May Be Safe for Women's Hearts
Hormone replacement started soon after menopause wasn't linked to hardening of the arteries in study Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Disease in Women, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Menopause (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - July 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hysterectomy Association Newsletter July 2014
Welcome to the Hysterectomy Association Newsletter – July 2014. Phew! It’s been a hot few weeks here in the UK hasn’t it and the weather has brought out a rash of emails and questions about coping with hot flushes. Inevitably, if you are suffering from menopausal symptoms, heat is going to make you wilt. Last year, we put together a quick update on our Facebook page about staying cool in hot weather – this seems like a good time to share it again. You can find it here: 5 top tips for staying cool in the heat. As well as the questions about HRT another popular email topic has been the age at which wo...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 23, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Newsletters hormone replacement therapy research Source Type: news

My HRT Question – Joan’s Story
Two years ago I found a lump in my pelvis which turned out to be a fibroid. I was offered a hysterectomy then which shocked me as I felt it was a drastic step in relation to my symptoms ie.pressure effects and heavy periods which though a pain  have always been regular. I declined this and asked about embolization at which my consultant basically said was not an option as I am not concerned about preserving my fertility. Early this year I felt my fibroid had grown and the pressure effects to have got worse so I asked my GP to discuss the  pros and cons of a hysterectomy, however, he said it would be better if I w...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 3, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories fibroids hormone replacement therapy Source Type: news

Hormone Treatment Restores Bone Density for Young Women with Menopause-Like Condition (Primary Ovarian Insufficiency)
Source: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Hormone Replacement Therapy, Ovarian Disorders, Premature Ovarian Failure (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - June 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Quitting Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause
WebMD looks at when, why, and how to quit hormone replacement therapy for menopause. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Early menopause linked to mental decline
Conclusion This study found a link between premature menopause and memory problems. Strengths of the study include the large number of participants and the fact they were followed prospectively, which reduces the chance of bias. However, as it was a cohort study, it cannot prove that the memory problems were caused by their premature menopause. The researchers analysed the results, taking multiple factors into consideration. Patient recall, the age of menopause and the type and duration of taking any hormonal therapy may also have been inaccurate. A further limiting factor in this study is that it commenced when women were...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology Lifestyle/exercise Cancer Source Type: news

Major Women's Health Study Paid Big Dividends
Scientists say HRT research has returned $140 for every $1 spent on the $260 million trial Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Clinical Trials, Hormone Replacement Therapy (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - May 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

For the first time, proof of what hormone replacement therapy does to genes involved in breast cancer
Researchers have measured activity of genes associated with breast cancer in women before and while, they took different types of HRT. They found that an HRT used in the WHI trial had a greater activating effect on these genes than a "natural" formulation applied via an estrogen gel applied to the skin in combination with oral progesterone. This shows that varying the HRT and the way it is taken can have very significant effects on the genes associated with breast cancer. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 2, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Preliminary clinical trial shows great promise for new multiple sclerosis treatment
​ A study conducted by Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl, a UCLA neurologist, shows that combining estriol, a female hormone, with Copaxone, a medication currently used to treat multiple sclerosis, reduced the relapse rate of MS by nearly 50 percent with only one year of treatment.   Voskuhl presented the results of the preliminary Phase II clinical trial today at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Philadelphia.   The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involved 158 women with relapsing-remitting MS. At 16 sites across the U.S., one group of women was treated with Copaxone, a commonly pr...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 30, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news