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Estrogen Each Day May Keep Low Mood, Poor Memory Away

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  • The female hormone estrogen, long known to help women prevent heart disease and maintain strong bones, may also help to boost women's mood and response to antidepressant drugs.
  • Researchers don't know why some postmenopausal women find psychological benefits when on estrogen therapy, and doctors still don't know how to identify which postmenopausal women would get these benefits from the hormone.
  • Scientists also are studying the possible benefits of using estrogen to fight Alzheimer's disease, both before it develops and after diagnosis. Preliminary results released last month showed estrogen therapy offered no significant help to patients who already had mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.

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