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  1. Sleep Problems? Estrogen Might Not Help

    April 29, 2004 -- Women's midlife sleep problems can't be blamed entirely on estrogen, a new study suggests. It's more grist for the mill, as researchers seek to understand this problem that plagues many women. Research has shown that estrogen offers only modest relief to sleep-deprived women - sugg

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  2. Drug Could Slow Postmenopausal Weight Gain

    April 21, 2004 -- An experimental drug may be able to prevent some of the weight gain many women experience after menopause. According to researchers, menopause can be a time where many women gain, on average, 10-15 pounds. While the exact cause of the weight gain is unknown, hormones may play a par

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  3. Estrogen Discouraged for Disease Prevention

    April 13, 2004 -- Women who are still taking estrogen to prevent chronic conditions like heart disease should stop, government officials now say. Long-awaited results from a large prevention study show that menopausal hormone therapy with estrogen alone neither increases nor decreases heart disease

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  4. Voice Change Is Overlooked Menopause Symptom

    March 16, 2004 -- A new study sheds light on a menopause symptom that is often ignored: A woman's voice often deepens over the years. But some women have more severe vocal changes that are often ignored by doctors, writes researcher Berit Schneider, MD, a speech pathologist at the University of Vien

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  5. Estrogen Alone Has Little Benefit, Some Harm

    March 2, 2004 -- In long-awaited results, researchers have found that giving estrogen alone to postmenopausal women has no good or bad effect on breast cancer or heart disease but does raise the risk of having a stroke. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) halted the first arm of the study -- Pre

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  6. HRT Heart Risk Long Suspected

    Feb. 26, 2004 -- Epidemiologist Klim McPherson, PhD, says he was lampooned and largely ignored when he warned that hormone replacement therapy increased heart disease risk -- five years before a huge prevention trial was halted early for the same reason. The British researcher now says the hormone r

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  7. HRT May Accelerate Hearing Loss in Women

    Feb. 25, 2004 -- New research shows older women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may have a harder time hearing than others. A small, preliminary study raises the question that HRT might increase the risk of hearing loss, but researchers say it's too early to draw any firm conclusions. The

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  8. Soy + Melatonin: Slight Effect in Menopause

    Feb. 20, 2004 -- Soy and melatonin may offer some help to women with hot flashes, insomnia, and other menopausal symptoms. But not a lot. The latest findings come from a study led by Giorgio Secreto, MD, director of the hormone research laboratory at Italy's National Cancer Institute. They analyzed

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  9. FDA Requests Revised Hormone Therapy Labeling

    Feb. 10, 2004 -- The FDA is asking manufacturers to update labeling for hormone therapy products prescribed for postmenopausal women. The new labeling will reflect findings from the NIH-funded Women's Health Initiative Memory Study, which reported an increased risk of dementia in women 65 and older.

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  10. Dry Eyes Caused by Hormone Problems

    Feb. 10, 2004 -- Women whose ovaries prematurely quit functioning may be at a greater risk for dry eyes, a new study shows. Premature ovarian failure happens in 1% of women under age 40, writes researcher Janine A. Smith, MD, with the National Eye Institute. While the disorder has various causes --

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