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  1. Menopausal Hormone Therapy: A New Debate

    July 12, 2005 -- Seventy-four-year-old Marilyn Bayer had been taking estrogen for almost 20 years when the Women's Health Initiative trial was abruptly halted three years ago. The study was stopped because it found that hormone therapy did not prevent heart disease in older women. The study also sho

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  2. Season of Birth May Affect Age of Menopause

    May 11, 2005 -- Women born in the spring months may start menopause slightly sooner than women born in the fall, according to new research. The Italian study showed that, on average, women who were born in March started menopause earliest, just before their 49th birthday, while those born in October

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  3. Anxiety, Obesity, Smoking May Up Hot Flashes

    May 11, 2005 -- Need another good reason to stop smoking, lose weight, and reduce the stress in your life? If you're a woman approaching menopause, here's a big one. New research shows that anxiety, obesity, and smoking strongly increase both the number and severity of hot flashes women experience d

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  4. Good Food for Better Sex?

    If you want good sex, take care of your heart. That's what author Lynn Fischer advises in her book The Better Sex Diet . She's not talking about looking after your emotional state (although that could be the subject of another book), but minding the system that runs the muscular organ inside your ch

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  5. Black Women's Views on Menopause Different

    April 29, 2005 -- Doctors have a lot to learn about communicating with black women about menopause, menopause, a new study shows. Ivy M. Alexander, PhD, of Yale University, and Coralease C. Ruff, DNSc, RN, of Howard University, conducted a series of seven focus groups for 43 generally healthy black

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  6. NIH Panel: Menopause Is Not a Disease

    March 23, 2005 -- Menopause should be "demedicalized" and treated as a normal phase of women's lives instead of as a disease, a federal scientific panel concluded Wednesday. The group issued a report concluding that many women go through menopause with few symptoms and without hormone treatment; onl

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  7. Cycle Changes Predict Transition to Menopause

    March 18, 2005 -- Subtle changes in menstrual cycle length are among the first signs that a woman in her late reproductive years has begun the transition to menopause, a newly reported study shows. Researchers found that even slight changes in bleeding patterns were often associated with major chang

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  8. Soy May Help Women Before Menopause

    Oct. 8, 2004 -- Premenopausal women may want to start eating more soy to protect their heart and bones for years to come, according to new research. Jay Kaplan, PhD, and Cynthia Lees, DVM, PhD, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, worked with colleagues on two new soy studies. They pres

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  9. A Fresh Look at Hormone Therapy

    Oct. 5, 2004 -- The nation's leading menopause group is speaking out against a popular alternative to traditional hormone therapy, saying there is no clinical evidence to back up claims that so-called "bioidentical hormones" are more effective or safer than the conventional treatments. The North Ame

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  10. Myth: Memory Affected by Menopause

    Oct. 5, 2004 (Toronto) -- A new study suggests that women don't lose their memory at menopause, suggesting that the popular myth about "menopause minutes" -- when a woman can no longer remember where she left the car keys -- is as factual as the flat Earth theory. Jong-Ling Fuh, MD, lead researcher

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