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    1. Hormone Therapy May Hurt Heart Rhythm

      July 30, 2003 -- Estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy may add to a woman's heart risk. The new finding needs to be confirmed. But it's another pin in the burst bubble of expectations that HRT would help, not hurt, the heart. The findings appear in the August issue of the Annals of Epidemiology.

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    2. Red Clover Extract Helps Vaginal Dryness

      July 9, 2003 -- A red-clover extract may help symptoms of vaginal dryness in healthy, postmenopausal women. The finding comes from a study of 29 women who took a red-clover supplement sold as Promensil by Novogen Ltd., Sydney, Australia. For eight weeks, half the women took Promensil and half took a

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    3. Red Clover Fails as Hot Flash Remedy

      July 8, 2003 -- Dietary supplements containing red clover aren't likely to cool hot flashes or provide an effective alternative to hormone therapy for women seeking relief from menopausal symptoms. A major new study shows the widely advertised supplements containing plant-based, estrogen-like substa

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    4. Managing Menopause: What to Do?

      June 20, 2003 -- Bone fractures, hot flashes, heart disease, dementia, breast cancer -- older women have big health concerns. But what should they do, with so many conflicting findings about hormone replacement therapy? A panel of experts offered their advice today, based on research from the Women'

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    5. Antidepressant Paxil Treats Hot Flashes

      June 3, 2003 -- Hormone replacement therapy is the most effective treatment for menopause-related hot flashes, but last week brought more bad news about possible health risks associated with its use. Now comes word that a widely prescribed antidepressant may be an acceptable alternative to HRT for m

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    6. HRT Does Little for Quality of Life

      May 7, 2003 -- A cloud of confusion has surrounded HRT since last July, when women learned that hormones are linked to heart disease, breast cancer, and strokes. Now, researchers reveal that HRT does little to improve quality of life. Their conclusion: Unless you need relief of menopausal symptoms,

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    7. Sleep Disorder Linked to Menopause

      April 25, 2003 -- Nightly snoring and breathing-related sleep disturbances are rare in young women but common in older ones. Now, new research suggests the hormonal changes that occur during menopause may be to blame. Compared with premenopausal women, those who had been through menopause were more

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    8. Progestin-Estrogen Therapy Debate Cools

      March 17, 2003 -- A cloud of confusion has surrounded HRT since last July, when women learned that hormones may cause health risks. Now, in an early release of more findings, researchers reveal that HRT does little to improve quality of life. Their conclusion: Unless you need relief of menopausal sy

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    9. Rethinking HRT

      Feb. 12, 2003 -- Nanette K. Wenger, MD, tells this story: A woman who'd just had bypass surgery came into her office in tears. Because it increases risk of heart disease, her doctor had taken her off hormone replacement therapy. "My life is not worth living," she said. "My menopausal symptoms are wo

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    10. Epilepsy Drug Emerges as HRT Alternative

      Jan. 31, 2003 -- A drug traditionally used to treat epilepsy and migraine may be a valuable alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for postmenopausal women who suffer from hot flashes. A new study shows use of the drug, known generically as gabapentin and sold under the name Neurontin, can

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