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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Exercise Alone Trims Tummy, Health Risks

    Jan. 14 2003 -- Regular exercise may not only help older women reduce their risk of disease, but it could be even more effective than dieting for winning the battle of the bulge. A new study shows moderate exercise, like brisk walking, can help postmenopausal women lose weight, reduce body fat, and

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  5. HRT May Reduce Diabetes Risk

    Jan. 6, 2003 -- Despite the negative news about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in recent months, new research suggests that HRT may provide a significant benefit in helping some women reduce their risk of diabetes. But even the study researchers say it's still too early to make any recommendation

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  6. Designer Estrogen May Be Better Than HRT

    Dec. 18, 2002 -- Evidence is mounting that a class of drugs known as "designer estrogens" may fulfill the broken promises of hormone replacement therapy, but experts warn that it is too soon to know for sure. Selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) have been proved to be effective in preventi

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  7. Epilepsy Drug Cools Hot Flashes

    -->Nov. 12, 2002 -- An anti-seizure drug is emerging as an alternative to controversial hormone replacement therapy in helping to relieve the scourge of menopause and one of the most commonly cited side effects of some cancer treatments -- hot flashes. Both the frequency and severity of hot flashes

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  8. HRT Appears to Lower Alzheimer's Risk

    -->Nov. 5, 2002 -- Long-term hormone replacement therapy has been all but abandoned for the prevention of disease in the months since a large government study linked its use to an increased risk of heart attack, blood clots, and breast cancer. But the same study found HRT helps protect against bone

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  9. Natural Progesterone = Less HRT Bleeding

    -->Nov. 1, 2002 -- Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with a natural hormone leads to less bleeding than HRT with a synthetic version, a clinical trial shows. And study data suggest that the natural product may also have more benefits and fewer risks. Estrogen replacement by itself increases the risk

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  10. Canceled HRT Trial Makes Women Anxious

    Oct. 24, 2002 -- The hormone replacement trial halted in July by the National Institutes of Health raised alarms among women and their doctors, prompting some women to take themselves off of hormone treatments for fear of an increased risk of breast cancer, blood clots, and perhaps heart disease. Bu

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