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  1. 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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  2. HRT: Where Are We Now?

    A few years ago, the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) looked like a medical mess. For decades, women were told that HRT -- usually a combination of estrogen and progestin -- was good for them during and after menopause. Then the 2002 results of the Women's Health Initiative study seemed to s

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  3. HRT Is Linked to Deaths From Lung Cancer

    Sept. 21, 2009 -- Hormone replacement therapy may raise women's risk of dying from lung cancer. A new study shows that women who took estrogen-plus-progesterone hormone replacement therapy (HRT) were 71% more likely to die from lung cancer than those who took a placebo. The study was based on data c

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  4. Fertility Drug May Be New Hot Flash Treatment

    Sept. 16, 2009 -- Women suffering from severe postmenopausal hot flashes may get relief from the fertility drug Cetrotide, a small study suggests. The three women in the study had their lives disrupted by frequent, severe hot flashes, says study leader Hans de Boer, MD, PhD, of Rijnstate Hospital in

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  5. Menopause: Is There Life Beyond Hormone Replacement Therapy?

    Menopause gets a bad rap, but there is an upside. A major, essential, glorious one, says Renzie Richardson, a 51-year-old human resources consultant from Cumming, Ga. “I was definitely happy not to have a period anymore. That in itself was a celebration.” Still, the wider ramifications of going thro

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  6. Too Young for Menopause

    When she was 26, Lara Dietz learned she had breast cancer -- a shock to this mother of two very young children. Then came the second blow. When treatment began, so did premature menopause. "I was having hot flashes," she says. "I felt like I was 55 years old." When menopause occurs between ages 45 t

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  7. Menopause Hormone Therapy: 'Safe' Time?

    Feb. 4, 2009 -- New research confirms that taking estrogen plus progestin as hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms raises breast cancer risk, but that risk fades within about two years after quitting hormone therapy. The findings come from two new studies, one published in The New Engl

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  8. Hormone Creams Ease Menopause Symptoms

    Nov. 12, 2008 (New Orleans) -- "Natural" hormone creams may help relieve hot flashes, night sweats, depression, and other symptoms of menopause, a new study suggests. As an added benefit, they may also improve heart health, researchers say. The researchers studied custom-compounded creams made from

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  9. Unlocking the Secret Pleasures of Menopause

    As an obstetrician-gynecologist, Christiane Northrup, MD, of Yarmouth, Maine, has spent years caring for women when something went wrong with their bodies. These days, she doesn't see patients anymore, devoting her time instead to speaking and writing. At midlife, she has a new plan and a new missio

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  10. Non-estrogen Option for Menopause

    May 23, 2008 -- New research results show that a non-estrogen drug called Ophena significantly improves symptoms of vaginal dryness and painful intercourse in postmenopausal women, raising hopes of an alterative to estrogen replacement therapy. Vaginal dryness and painful intercourse, or dyspareunia

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