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  1. 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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  2. Seizure and Pain Drug May Treat Hot Flashes

    Oct. 6, 2010 -- An extended-release version of the seizure and pain drug gabapentin may be one step closer to becoming the first approved nonhormonal treatment for menopause-related hot flashes. In a manufacturer-funded study, the drug Serada proved to be more effective than placebo for preventing h

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  3. Pain, Hot Flashes Prevent Sleep in Menopause

    Oct. 6, 2010 -- Both pain and the hot flashes that occur with menopause can prevent older women from getting a good night's sleep, a study shows. "More than one thing contributes to sleep difficulties in middle-aged women and those going through menopause," explains study researcher Howard M. Kravit

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  4. Oh, Do You Know the Muffin Top?

    Ask any woman about her least favorite body part, and most of us will point to our middles. And in my experience, bellies can become especially anxiety-provoking when excess fat spills over the top of our jeans. Yes, the dreaded "muffin top." Any woman can get a muffin top. But women are more likely

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  5. Menopause and Dry Skin: The Hormone Connection

    Every woman in menopause knows about the infamous hot flashes. Most are familiar with the night sweats. But dry skin at menopause, too? How did that happen? The answer is simple: Hormones, specifically estrogen. It turns out that the same hormone behind so many of your body's changes may be responsi

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  6. FDA: Evamist Exposure Risky for Children

    July 30, 2010 -- Doctors should advise women who use Evamist spray to prevent children from coming into contact with their medicated skin to avoid possible adverse events, such as premature puberty for girls and enlarged breasts for boys, according to the FDA. Similar adverse events may occur in pet

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  7. Weight Loss May Ease Hot Flashes

    July 12, 2010 -- Losing weight may help modestly reduce hot flashes in menopausal women, researchers say. Hot flashes, also known as hot flushes, are common in menopausal women. They typically cause sweatiness and redness in the face and can be disruptive and last for five or more years. Past resear

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  8. Blood Test Helps Predict Menopause

    June 28, 2010 -- Researchers have developed a blood test they say can predict how long of a reproductive life a woman has before menopause. The blood test measures levels of a hormone called anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH), which is produced by the cells in women’s ovaries and is a marker for ovarian f

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  9. Progesterone Alone May Help Hot Flashes

    June 22, 2010 -- Progesterone alone, when given in a form that's identical to the natural hormone, helps relieve the hot flashes and night sweats experienced by women during menopause, according to a new study. The form of progesterone studied is known as oral micronized progesterone, says Jerilynn

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  10. LDL Rises Around Time of Menopause

    Dec. 11, 2009 – Blood levels of LDL, or "bad", cholesterol increase dramatically in women around the time of menopause, and the rise is not related to aging, new research confirms. The finding could help explain why postmenopausal women have a much higher risk for heart attacks, strokes, and other c

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