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  1. Smoking May Raise Disease Risk by Increasing Hormones

    Aug. 31, 2011 -- Older women who smoke have higher levels of sex hormones than nonsmoking women, which may increase their risk for breast cancer, diabetes, and other diseases, new research finds. Smoking is a known risk factor for a wide range of chronic diseases in women, as is having elevated leve

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  2. Soy Tablets Little Help for Bone Loss, Hot Flashes

    Aug. 8, 2011 -- Women looking for an alternative to hormone replacement therapy for problems with menopause will get little help from soy supplements. A new study reported in Archives of Internal Medicine found there was no difference between soy and a placebo in relieving symptoms such as bone loss

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  3. Menopause and Sweating

    Intense heat starts in your chest and rises to your neck and head. Beads of sweat grow until perspiration run down your face. It’s a hot flash due to menopause, and it’s a loooong five minutes until it passes. Multiply that by 20 or 30 and you can call it a day. Doctors theorize that hot flashes and

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  4. Flaxseed May Be No Help for Hot Flashes

    June 7, 2011 -- Flaxseed may be no help in fighting hot flashes, according to a new study. Some preliminary reports had suggested the plant-based estrogen-like compounds called phytoestrogens in flaxseed might be effective in cooling hot flashes in women. But this study showed no difference in the n

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  5. Baked or Broiled Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk

    May 24, 2011 -- Eating baked or broiled fish regularly may decrease the odds of heart failure in older women, new research suggests. But eating fried fish, even in small amounts, may have the opposite effect. Researchers analyzed the self-reported diets of 84,493 postmenopausal women who participate

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  6. Estrogen-Only HRT Not So Risky in 50s

    April 5, 2011 – For women with a prior hysterectomy, estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is less risky for women in their 50s than was thought -- and may protect against breast cancer. For women in their 70s, however, estrogen-only HRT increased risk of colorectal cancer, chronic disease

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  7. Chemicals Linked to Early Menopause

    March 25, 2011 -- Women exposed to high levels of chemicals called perfluorocarbons (PFCs) may enter menopause earlier, new research suggests. PFCs are man-made chemicals found in many household products such as food containers and stain-resistant clothing as well as in water, soil, and plants. ''Be

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  8. Acupuncture May Ease Hot Flashes

    March 7, 2011 -- Traditional Chinese acupuncture may be useful in reducing the severity of hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause, a new study suggests. Researchers in Turkey conducted experiments with 53 postmenopausal women. Half of them received traditional acupuncture treatment. The rest we

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  9. Do Hot Flashes Protect Women From Heart Disease?

    Feb. 24, 2011 -- Hot flashes during menopause may lower some women’s risk for developing heart disease, according to new research published online in the journal Menopause. “Hot flashes are so, so common around the time of menopause and a lot of previous work has suggested that they increase certain

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  10. Antidepressant May Help Ease Hot Flashes

    Jan. 18, 2011 -- Low doses of the antidepressant Lexapro (escitalopram) cooled off hot flashes better than placebo in about 200 menopausal women, according to a new study. ''We believe escitalopram provides an option for treating moderate to severe hot flashes that are disrupting people's lives and

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