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Does Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Cause Breast Cancer?Does Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Cause Breast Cancer?
What does the latest research tell us about the potential connection between hormone replacement therapy and the development of breast cancer? What should women know? Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health Journal Article Source Type: news

UCLA study finds scientific basis for cognitive complaints of breast cancer patients
In this study, we were able to look at specific components of the cognitive complaints and found they were associated with relevant neuropsychological function test abnormalities."   The findings are part of an ongoing study that seeks to examine the extent to which hormone therapy contributes to memory and thinking problems in breast cancer survivors, and this pre-hormone therapy assessment was able to separate the effects of initial treatments on these problems. Earlier post-treatment studies of breast cancer patients were difficult to interpret, as they included women already taking hormone therapy.  ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 19, 2013 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Artificial Ovary Offers More Natural Hormone Replacement
Researchers in the US have bioengineered an artificial ovary that makes sex hormones in the same proportions as a healthy one. They report that in the lab setting at least, the bioengineered ovary shows sustained released of sex hormones estrogen and progesterone, and suggest it may provide a more natural option for women than hormone replacement therapy. Ovaries produce eggs and also secrete sex hormones that are important for women's bone and heart health... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Does alcohol affect breast cancer survival?
Conclusion This large cohort study with a long follow-up has found that moderate alcohol consumption before breast cancer diagnosis (three to six drinks per week) is associated with a reduced risk of death due to breast cancer, but that alcohol intake after diagnosis did not have any benefit, but also did not cause any harm. The study also found that consuming between one and nine drinks per week before a diagnosis of breast cancer is associated with a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and of death from any cause, compared to never drinking. The study also suggested that women who consumed higher levels o...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Source Type: news

Potential New Treatments For Hormone-Therapy-Related Breast Cancers
More than 100 women per day die from breast cancer in the United States. The odds of developing breast cancer increase for women taking hormone replacement therapy to avoid the effects of menopause. New research by University of Missouri scientist Salman Hyder may lead to treatments for breast cancers associated with taking these synthetic hormones. Hyder, along with an international team, found that hormone-therapy-related breast cancer cells have a physical feature that could be attacked by cancer therapies... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Breast Cancer Source Type: news

Hormone therapy linked to cancer
LOS ANGELES, March 31 (UPI) -- Women given estrogen plus progestin -- hormone replacement therapy -- have a greater chance of contracting breast cancer, U.S. researchers say. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - March 31, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study upholds breast cancer mortality for hormone replacement
A new analysis of data casts doubt on earlier findings that such cancers might be less deadly.In the nearly 11 years since researchers first rang alarm bells that women on hormone replacement therapy faced an increased risk of breast cancer, some have suggested that taking estrogen and progestin to treat symptoms of menopause might not be so dangerous after all. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - March 31, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More Evidence Shows Hormone Therapy May Increase Breast Cancer Risk
In new analysis, researchers found risk highest when used just before menopause Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Breast Cancer, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Menopause (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Functional Ovarian Tissue Built In Lab
A proof-of-concept study suggests the possibility of engineering artificial ovaries in the lab to provide a more natural option for hormone replacement therapy for women. In Biomaterials, a team from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine report that in the laboratory setting, engineered ovaries showed sustained release of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Certain breast cancers have a trait that could be attacked by new therapies
(University of Missouri-Columbia) The odds of developing breast cancer increase for women taking hormone replacement therapy to avoid the effects of menopause. New research by University of Missouri scientist Salman Hyder may lead to treatments for breast cancers associated with taking these synthetic hormones. Hyder found that hormone-therapy-related breast cancer cells have a physical feature that could be attacked by therapies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 27, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Researchers build functional ovarian tissue in lab
(Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) A proof-of-concept study suggests the possibility of engineering artificial ovaries in the lab to provide a more natural option for hormone replacement therapy for women. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 26, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Hormone Pills in Menopause May Carry Gallstone Side Effects
Large French study did not show similar risk for women on estrogen patch or gel Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Gallstones, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Menopause (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No Clear Evidence That Decline In HRT Use Linked To Fall In Breast Cancer
Time trends and stats neither support nor refute this claim, say researchers There is no clear evidence that the decline in the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is linked to a reported fall in the numbers of new cases of breast cancer, as has been claimed, suggests a study in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. The stats and time trends neither back up nor refute the claim, so no firm conclusions can be drawn, say the authors in the last of a series of five critiques of the published data in three major studies on HRT... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Breast Cancer Source Type: news

Specialists Agree HRT Best for Menopause Symptoms
(MedPage Today) -- Hormone replacement therapy is the most effective available treatment for menopause symptoms, according to a consensus statement issued by seven major professional societies. (Source: MedPage Today State Required CME)
Source: MedPage Today State Required CME - March 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Skin Patch Shows Promise Against Prostate Cancer
Delivering oestrogen through skin patches may offer a safer and easier way to treat prostate cancer than current hormone therapies, says new research from the UK. The study, published online in Lancet Oncology this week, finds that HRT (hormone replacement therapy) patches normally given to women to treat symptoms of menopause, lowered testosterone in men with prostate cancer to the same extent as LHRHa injections. The Cancer Research UK trial was led by researchers at Imperial College London and the Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinical Trials Unit in London... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Prostate / Prostate Cancer Source Type: news

NHS Choices examine reports of HRT delaying onset of dementia
Source: NHS Choices Area: News A number of newspapers have reported that taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) could delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease for millions of women.   NHS Choices has assessed the study, published in PLOS ONE that involved 63 postmenopausal women who had been taking HRT. The research looked at the relationship between the genetic variant APOE-e4 (known to increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease), HRT and telomere length, which is an indicator of cell ageing. The study found that: . post-menopausal women who carried APOE-e4 had about six times higher odds of te...
Source: NeLM - News - February 15, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

HRT 'protects' against rapid ageing
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can block signs of accelerated ageing that may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease, a study has found. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - February 14, 2013 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Could HRT stop dementia?
Conclusion This small study appears to have found an association between the gene variant APOE-e4 and the rate at which telomeres become shorter, which is usually regarded as a biological sign of cell ageing. It does not show that HRT can help prevent Alzheimer's in women who carry the APOE-e4 gene variant. This analysis is an exaggeration of the researchers' findings by the press. A systematic review from the Cochrane Collaboration in 2008 suggested that, at the time, there was good evidence that HRT did not prevent cognitive decline in older postmenopausal women when given in the short or longer term (up to five years)....
Source: NHS News Feed - February 14, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology Genetics/stem cells Source Type: news

Women with Alzheimer's-Linked Gene Show Faster Cell Aging
Early study found no such effect on women using hormone replacement therapy Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Alzheimer's Disease, Genes and Gene Therapy, Women's Health (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 13, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HRT and Gallstones
Gallstones (Cholecystitis) is a disease where stones become lodged in the gallbladder ducts. This can cause infection and inflammation with a great deal of pain. Around 75-80% of gallstones are known to ‘cholesterol stones’, the majority of the remainder are bilirubin pigment stones. It is known that the risk of developing gallstones does increase with age (there is an urban myth that says they affect the ‘fair, fat and forty’), and they are more common in women, suggesting that there is a link between hormonal levels and the development of gallstones. However, it does appear that taking HRT can inc...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 11, 2013 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: HRT News gallstones Oestrogen Source Type: news

Early Surgical Menopause Linked to Early Cognitive DeclineEarly Surgical Menopause Linked to Early Cognitive Decline
Women who experience an abrupt loss of estrogen may suffer cognitive decline, and hormone replacement therapy may help counteract this risk. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Menopause and Memory
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Hormone Replacement Therapy, Memory, Menopause (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - January 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Abbvie Recalling Thyroid Drug
From Associated Press (January 12, 2013) AbbVie Inc., an Abbott Laboratories spin-off, has recalled more than 28,520 bottles of the thyroid-hormone replacement therapy Synthroid over a labeling error. It is the second recall of the drug in six... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 14, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Herbal And Complementary Medicines For Postmenopausal Symptoms May Be Recommended As An Alternative To HRT
Herbal and complementary medicines could be recommended as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for treating postmenopausal symptoms says a new review published in The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (TOG). The review outlines the advantages and limitations of both pharmacological and herbal and complementary treatments for women with postmenopausal symptoms. The menopause is defined as the time after a woman's menstrual periods have ceased (12 months after a woman's final menstrual period)... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 14, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Menopause Source Type: news

Former Abbott Drug Unit Issues Second Synthroid Recall
Abbott's former pharmaceutical unit, now spun off as AbbVie, recently recalled more than 28,520 bottles of the thyroid-hormone replacement therapy Synthroid over a dose mix-up, marking the second recall of the drug in six months. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Source: WSJ.com: Health - January 11, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: PAID Source Type: news

Worse psychological, mental health in women on hormones
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who use hormone replacement therapy may have worse psychological well-being and mental health than similar women not using hormone therapy (HT), researchers from Finland suggest. (Source: Modern Medicine)
Source: Modern Medicine - January 11, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Herbal treatments for postmenopausal symptoms may be recommended as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy
Herbal and complementary treatments could be recommended as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for treating postmenopausal symptoms says a new review. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 11, 2013 Category: Science Source Type: news

Urinary Incontinence and Menopause Unlinked?Urinary Incontinence and Menopause Unlinked?
Hormone replacement therapy may make symptoms better or worse, depending on mode of delivery. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Further evidence for hormone therapy link to breast cancer
The recent decline in the number of women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the USA is much more pronounced in wealthy urban areas than in poor and rural areas, which reflects differences in the use of hormone replacement therapy and access to information regarding the risk of breast cancer, say US researchers. (Source: MedWire News - Consumer Health)
Source: MedWire News - Consumer Health - June 26, 2009 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news