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14 December 2006
A Toast To Your Health
Here's some good news to begin the festive season: Older women who drink in moderation can expect to live longer...

27 October 2006
Influenza Shots Missing Their Target
Before you go out and get your annual flu shot, you might want to consider new evidence that suggests that they may not be worth the expense...

23 October 2006
Media Provokes Fear In Elderly Women
The threat of violence has replaced growing old as the biggest fear among aging, lower income women...

17 October 2006
HRT Revives Lost Emotions
Women gradually become desensitized and less emotional to events as they grow older, but women receiving HRT seem to retain robust emotional sensitivity...

11 September 2006
Women Catch Up With Men In Heart Disease Stakes
In the last 10 years, women have caught up with men as far as heart disease risk is concerned; and older women are even more at risk then men...

8 September 2006
Old Age Bad For Your Health
Health investigators say that the elderly are frequently undertreated after suffering stroke...

30 August 2006
Stress Speeds Alzheimer's Progress
Scientists say that stress hormones can rapidly accelerate the formation of the brain lesions that cause Alzheimer’s disease...

27 July 2006
Experts Question Value Of Alternative Therapies For Menopausal Symptoms
There’s little evidence to support the use of complementary and alternative therapies to relieve menopausal symptoms, say health experts...

10 July 2006
Early Menopause Likely For Childhood Cancer Survivors
While 70 percent of adolescent girls treated for cancer will survive long-term, they will likely undergo menopause before 40...

27 June 2006
Have Fun Now, Or You’ll Regret It Later
Researchers say that virtue is regretted more than vice in the elderly, and as you get older you’ll start regretting more and more all the things you didn’t do when you were young...

4 May 2006
Red Clover Ineffective For Hot Flashes
Researchers comparing different non-hormonal remedies for menopausal hot flashes found antidepressants to be most effective, followed by soy extracts. Least effective were red clover extracts...

26 April 2006
Triple Therapy Key To Avoiding Strokes
Doctors say the best way to prevent, and also reduce the severity of, strokes is a triple therapy that uses aspirin, cholesterol drugs and blood pressure drugs...

24 April 2006
Make Friends, Avoid Alzheimer’s
A large social network and regular contact with family members can do much to offset the negative cognitive effects associated with Alzheimer’s disease...

10 April 2006
Low Estrogen Levels Linked To Dementia?
Researchers have found that the low estrogen levels in women who have had their ovaries removed can trigger dementia in later years...

28 March 2006
Lead Pollution Implicated In Development Of Osteoporosis
A growing body of research indicates that lead exposure could be a major factor in an older person’s risk for osteoporosis. Now, a new study may finally shed light on the role early environmental lead exposure plays in bone maturation and loss...

21 March 2006
Incontinence Doubles Risk Of Depression
Women suffering from incontinence are at nearly double the risk of depression compared to others, and incontinent younger women are even more at risk...

Boning Up On Osteoporosis
(20 February 2006)
The commonly held beliefs that osteoporosis is a disease confined to old women and an inevitable part of aging are putting millions of Americans at risk of the disease, without them even knowing it. And it’s these myths that prevent us from taking the relatively simple steps to guard against developing osteoporosis...

17 February 2006
Never Too Late To Exercise
Very senior citizens showed a significant increase in flexibility, balance and agility after participating in a mild exercise program...

8 February 2006
Parenthood A Depressing Business
Parents have higher levels of depression than adults who don’t have children, and even when the kids go, the symptoms of depression stay...

6 February 2006
Link Between Forgetfulness And Menopause
Menopausal women who complain of forgetfulness may not have a memory problem at all; rather, low attentional resources mean they never really learned the information in the first place...

The Menopause Revolution
(30 January 2006)
Does the problem with hormone replacement therapy stem from the fact that it is usually based on commonly accepted dosages and rarely customized to meet individual needs? One specialist believes menopause is like a fingerprint, and that each woman’s experience will be unique. But unfortunately, he contends, most women are subjected to a ‘one size fits all’ approach to treatment…

19 December 2005
Attitude Key To Successful Aging
Self-perception and mental attitude about aging can be more important than traditional success markers like a low level of disease and disability...

6 December 2005
Perimenopause A Critical Time For Health
Perimenopause is emerging as a critical juncture in a woman’s life, when steps can be taken to avoid heart disease and osteoporosis in later years...

21 November 2005
Aspirin A Must For Postmenopausal Woman With Cardiovascular Problems
Postmenopausal women with heart disease should be taking aspirin, say researchers who have found that even low-dose aspirin has the same beneficial effects...

14 November 2005
Meditation A Workout For The Brain
The benefits of meditation have been largely intangible for researchers trying to understand how it affects the brain, but new research has found that meditation does, in fact, physically alter the structure of the brain...

3 November 2005
New Drug For Vaginal Atrophy May Also Prevent Breast Cancer
A new drug designed to treat vaginal atrophy in post-menopausal women also appears to exhibit a preventative breast cancer effect similar to that of tamoxifen...

10 October 2005
Fear Of Falling
Although they may have never fallen, the fear of falling can paralyze some elderly people or cause them to adopt a shuffling walk that is termed "fear of falling gait"...

Older Women And Alcohol: Out of Mind And Out of Sight
(29 September 2005)
Substance abuse among women is on the increase but the entrenched social stigma toward women who drink heavily means that many female alcohol abusers are simply not getting the attention and treatment they may need. The situation is even more appalling for older women. Alone, depressed and often in pain, it seems all too easy for them to slip under the radar and be forgotten by a society that once encouraged them to take their first drink...

7 September 2005
Exercise Intellect To Avoid Dementia
Performing complex tasks with people or things stimulates the brain and may help protect you against the risk of dementia in later years...

11 August 2005
Researchers Slam Hormone Therapy Irresponsibility
Critics say that doctors and the pharmaceutical industry have been aware of the cancer causing potential of hormone therapy since the 1930s...

8 August 2005
HRT Cancer Risk May Have Been Overstated
The recent scares over hormone replacement therapy and increased risk of breast cancer may have been overstated say doctors looking at new figures...

Dementia Associated With Adolescent IQ
(4 July 2005)
Teenage IQ and extracurricular interests may forecast your memory and thinking abilities decades later...

Season Of Birth Influences Onset Of Menopause
(8 June 2005)
Researchers believe that the season of a woman's birth may influence at what age she begins menopause...

Surprise Findings In Hot Flash Treatment Tests
(16 May 2005)
Mayo Clinic researchers say that black cohosh may not be any better than a placebo in treating hot flashes while the antidepressant Effexor substantially decreased hot flashes...

Vasomotor Symptoms Different For Menopausal African-American Women
(27 April 2005)
While African-American women in menopause experience many of the same symptoms as white women, they report more vasomotor symptoms such as dizziness and bloating...

Menopause Not A Disease, Say Institutes Of Health
(30 March 2005)
The National Institutes of Health is concerned that menopause has become "medicalized", which could lead to the overuse of treatments and approaches that are known to carry serious risks...

Daily Tipple Reduces Risk Of Dementia
(24 January 2005)
Scientists say that older women who drink a moderate amount of alcohol each day are helping to keep their minds sharp and dementia at bay...

Cutting Carbs Slows Alzheimer's
(17 January 2005)
A new study is the first to suggest that Alzheimer's disease may be slowed and possibly prevented through simple changes in diet...

Brain Chemistry May Explain Menopausal Changes
(22 December 2004)
Changes in how the brain responds to the female sex hormone estrogen as it ages may be involved in a woman's transition through menopause...

Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk Tied To Hormonal Events
(5 November 2004)
Rheumatoid arthritis is more likely to develop when reproductive hormonal levels are changing, such as in the first few months following a pregnancy and around the time of menopause...

Menopausal Heart And Bones Benefit From Soy
(11 October 2004)
Premenopausal women consuming a diet high in soy can reap the health benefits after menopause...

Resilience Key To Coping With Menopause
(27 September 2004)
Researchers are seeking to identify the mechanisms, or coping tools that made menopause easier to cope with for some women...

Alternatives To HRT For Osteoporosis Detailed
(16 August 2004)
Treatments other than HRT have begun to emerge as better options for treating and preventing postmenopausal bone loss and fractures...

Short-Term Hormone Therapy Viable For Some Women
(11 August 2004)
Depending on their risk of cardiovascular disease, short-term hormone therapy may be an option for women looking to relieve the symptoms of menopause...

Estrogen Therapy May Increase Dementia Risk
(23 June 2004)
Women using estrogen-only HRT could be at a greater risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease than women who do not use any hormone therapy...

Onset Of Menopause May Be Linked To Seasons
(14 June 2004)
Researchers think that the spring and autumn equinoxes play a conspicuous role in the onset of menopause...

Negative Effects Seen With Synthetic Progesterone
(9 June 2004)
Medroxyprogesterone acetate, a synthetic form of progesterone, increased aggression and reduced sexual activity in female monkeys...

Don't Write-Off HRT, Say Researchers
(28 May 2004)
Despite the negative press surrounding the Women's Health Initiative study, doctors should not rule out that women may benefit from hormone therapy after menopause...

Estrogen Therapy Impacts Androgen Levels
(14 May 2004)
Research with primates suggests that estrogen therapy may reduce levels of androgens such as testosterone, important in maintaining bone density, muscle mass and sexual function...

Poor Sleep Patterns Not Related To Menopause
(28 April 2004)
A new study says there is little difference in sleep patterns between post-menopausal women who take estrogen supplements and those who don't...

Herbal Study Seeks Menopausal Women
(8 March 2004)
A study into the effectiveness of black cohosh and red clover in relieving the symptoms associated with menopause is seeking participants...

HRT Associated With Hearing Impairment And Asthma Risk
(26 February 2004)
Research suggests that HRT could impair the brain's ability to process sounds and may increase the risk of asthma...

Menopause Not Linked To Memory Decline
(5 January 2004)
There appears to be no link between memory decline and the onset of menopause. In fact, many of the study's subjects found that memory function had improved...

Synthetic Progestins May Be Cause Of HRT Problems
(18 December 2003)
Synthetic progestins may be the major cause of harmful side effects reported with HRT. Researchers have shown that progestins caused toxicity while natural progesterone and estrogen did not...

Link Between Weight Gain And Female Hormones Explored
(13 November 2003)
New research findings help explain the relationship between weight gain and menopause and demonstrate how female hormones appear to play a major role in America's obesity epidemic...

HRT Fracture Prevention Benefits HRT Not Enough
(2 October 2003)
Hormone therapy helps prevent bone fracture in women, but the benefit does not override the therapy's negative links to heart disease and breast cancer...

Estrogen Improves Short Term Memory
(25 September 2003)
Midlife postmenopausal women who received daily treatment with estrogen showed improved oral reading and verbal memory performance...

Smoking Linked To Osteoporosis
(22 September 2003)
Smoking appears to be the most important lifestyle risk factor for bone loss in older women, a new study has found...

Genetic Variant Key To HRT Breast Cancer Risk
(15 September 2003)
A genetic clue may help physicians identify certain women who would face an increased risk of breast cancer from using hormone replacement therapy...

Recipe For Bone Health
(11 August 2003)
To help keep osteoporosis at bay, doctors have come up with a list of ten surprising facts about bone health that every woman should know...

Antidepressants May Stop Brain Shrinkage
(7 August 2003)
Some antidepressant drugs appear to protect a key brain structure often damaged by depression...

HRT Doesn't Help With Existing Coronary Problems
(7 August 2003)
New findings suggest that hormone replacement therapy is ineffective against established coronary artery disease in older women...

Estrogens As Antioxidants
(21 July 2003)
Acting as antioxidants, estrogens commonly used in HRT reduce the build up of harmful oxidised lipoproteins, which can lead to heart disease...

Anger And Anxiety Increase Heart Risk
(10 July 2003)
Psychological factors like anger and anxiety are associated with impaired artery function in healthy postmenopausal women which may put them at greater risk of heart disease...

Low Folate Levels Linked To Cigarette Smoke
(30 June 2003)
New findings provide biological support for recent studies linking tobacco smoke exposure to heart disease and breast cancer...

Long-Term HRT Poses Significant Breast Cancer Risk
(26 June 2003)
Regardless of the pattern of progestin use, there is a significant increase in breast-cancer risk amongst older women over the long term...

Different Bone-Protection Therapies Needed
(23 June 2003)
Treating all middle-aged women with identical bone-protection therapies risks viewing aging and menopause as interchangeable conditions...

HRT Confusion Drives Search For Alternatives
(12 June 2003)
The latest report into the risks associated with synthetic hormone replacement therapy has prompted many women to examine more closely what alternative treatments may be available…

Hormones Linked To Lung Function And Asthma
(9 June 2003)
New research indicates that progesterone and estrogen may improve lung function and asthma...

Antidepressant Reduces Hot Flashes
(5 June 2003)
An antidepressant medication reduced hot flashes in a group of menopausal women by up to 65 percent...

Age Filters Bad Memories
(2 June 2003)
As we get older, memory accentuates the positive helping explain why aging can foster good feelings...

New Study Links HRT And Dementia
(29 May 2003)
New evidence suggests that combined hormone therapy significantly increases the risks of dementia and strokes in postmenopausal women...

Seniors’ Memories Not So Bad After All
(26 May 2003)
Forget everything you’ve heard about forgetfulness. Researchers believe that age-related declines in memory may not be as pronounced as once believed...

Combination Therapy Effective For Osteoporosis
(22 May 2003)
Women with osteoporosis can significantly and safely improve their bone mass with a combination therapy of hormone replacement and the bisphosphonate alendronate...

Link Between Aging And Age-Related Disease
(19 May 2003)
Why do serious diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's mainly strike in middle age or later? The links between aging and age-related diseases are only now being uncovered...

Chiropractic Treatment Linked To Stroke Risk
(15 May 2003)
Neck and spine adjustments by chiropractors and other practitioners can increase the risk of stroke, according to a new study...

New Tool To Assess Ovulation Status
(12 May 2003)
A new research effort has developed an algorithm that will allow middle-aged women reaching menopause to accurately identify the timing of their menstrual cycle...

Estrogen Exerts Wound Healing Effect
(5 May 2003)
Age-related estrogen loss in both men and women plays a major role in our impaired ability to heal as we grow older...

Children's Stereotyping Of Elderly Starts Early
(24 April 2003)
Children as young as five years old have already developed negative stereotypes of older people...

DHEA Supplement Has No Effect On Alzheimer's
(22 April 2003)
The supplement dehydroepiandrosterone, (DHEA), touted by some as an anti-aging hormone, produced no effect in Alzheimer's patients...

Estrogen Patch Safer Than Pill
(17 April 2003)
Administering estrogen replacement therapy through a skin patch rather than a pill minimizes cardiovascular risk in postmenopausal women...

Normal Vitamin D Levels Not Enough For Postmenopausal Women
(7 April 2003)
New research indicates that supplements of vitamin D can increase calcium absorption by up to 65 percent...

Estrogen Stimulator May Help Explain Infertility In Some Women
(3 April 2003)
A hormone that stimulates the production of estrogen has a key role in making the testosterone women need as well, according to researchers...

Smoking Linked To Bone Loss
(31 March 2003)
Postmenopausal women who quit or reduced their smoking lowered their levels of two proteins involved in bone loss...

Alcohol Consumption Linked To Lower Risk Of Dementia
(20 March 2003)
Elderly people who are moderate drinkers have a lower risk of dementia than either nondrinkers or heavier drinkers...

Estrogen Link To Learning And Memory
(17 March 2003)
Scientists have discovered how estrogen initiates physical changes in brain cells that lead to increased learning and memory, illustrating the likely value of the hormone to enhance brain functioning in women...

Heart Disease And Menopause
(10 March 2003)
Women should make lifestyle changes and lower their cholesterol before menopause, when their risk for heart disease begins to increase...

Timing Of HRT May Be Key To Benefits
(6 March 2003)
The timing of treatment may be a key factor in whether hormone replacement therapy can slow heart vessel disease...

HRT Comparison Finds Progesterone Causes Less Bleeding
(3 March 2003)
Excessive bleeding, a side-effect that causes some women to stop using hormone replacement therapies, is less likely with progesterone...

Combination HRT Increases Stroke Risk
(27 February 2003)
Combined hormone replacement therapy increased the risk of stroke for postmenopausal women of all ages, whether or not they had hypertension...

New Drug May Take Heat Off Menopause
(25 February 2003)
Researchers have been studying a popular anti-depressant that may be an estrogen replacement for treating hot flashes...

Hot Flashes Treated With Migraine Drug
(6 February 2003)
A study of post-menopausal women who took the drug gabapentin to control hot flashes concludes that it appears to be a safe and effective alternative to hormone replacement therapy...

Friends A Big Influence On Quality Of Life In Old Age
(20 January 2003)
Two of the most important influences for a happy old-age are having choices about working or not working, and having friends in whom you can confide...

New Alternatives To HRT
(23 December 2002)
A class of drugs called Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs) is emerging as a safer and more versatile alternative to prevent the symptoms of menopause...

Hormone Therapy May Prevent Alzheimer's
(7 November 2002)
Researchers report that hormone replacement therapy may prevent Alzheimer's disease in women, but the benefit accrues only when the therapy lasts 10 years or more...

Alternative Therapies For Menopause Lack Research
(24 October 2002)
Many women are seeking natural alternatives to hormone replacement therapy but in the world of natural therapies there is little conclusive research...

Modest Drinking Of Benefit To Post-Menopausal Women
(26 September 2002)
Drinking modest amounts of alcohol seems to have a preventative effect against heart disease in post-menopausal women, just as it does among middle-aged men...

Negative Thinking About Aging Shortens Life
(29 July 2002)
Even if we are not aware of them, negative thoughts about aging that we pick up from society may be cutting years off our lives...

Research Identifies HRT Alternative
(22 July 2002)
Isoflavone-rich soy protein could offer a partial alternative to hormone replacement therapy for women who want to prevent bone loss after menopause...

HRT Study Halted Due To Cancer Risk
(11 July 2002)
A major clinical trial of the risks and benefits of combined estrogen and progestin in healthy menopausal women has been stopped due to an increased risk of invasive breast cancer...

Exercise Lowers Levels Of Blood Estrogens
(8 July 2002)
A regular, moderate-intensity exercise program lowers levels of blood estrogens in postmenopausal women...

Estrogen May Prevent Tooth Loss
(24 June 2002)
Researchers have discovered a possible added benefit of hormone replacement therapy - saving teeth...

Sex Life Doesn't End With Menopause
(23 May 2002)
A new study of women approaching menopause has identified factors that help protect against sexual dysfunction...

Hormone Therapy May Boost Quality Of Life
(14 April 2002)
Apart from keeping bones strong and preventing heart disease, women who have symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, are more likely to see improved quality of life from hormone therapy…

Strength Training Improves Aerobic Power In Seniors
(5 April 2002)
For older men and women, strength training not only firms muscles, but also significantly improves physical endurance and aerobic power, which can help prevent or delay a number of diseases including heart disease…

Infant Dependency Drives Menopause
(30 March 2002)
Why is there menopause? Some researchers have claimed that women need child-rearing help from their mothers, and that menopause frees older women to pitch in…

Links Between Menopause And Mood Disorders
(28 March 2002)
Researchers say women should be aware that they do not have to suffer in silence with menopausal symptoms such as mood changes, depression, hot flashes and insomnia…

Weight Loss, Not Weight Gain, A Risk For Older Adults
(27 March 2002)
Being overweight later in life does not pose a significant risk to your health, according to findings of a comprehensive study…

Hormone Replacement Therapy May Be Associated With Increased Ovarian Cancer Risk
(24 March 2002)
Some forms of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be associated with a modest increase in risk of epithelial ovarian cancer...

Combined Hormone-Replacement Therapy May Boost Incidence Of Rare Form Of Breast Cancer
(21 March 2002)
The incidence of a rare form of breast cancer is on the rise in postmenopausal women across the US, and this increase may be associated with the widespread use of combined hormone-replacement therapy…

HRT Pills, Patches And Heart Disease Risk Factors
(17 March 2002)
The different effects of oral vs. transdermal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) on heart disease risk factors make a woman's choice between taking estrogen via pill or patch more than a convenience issue…

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) May Protect Against Cognitive Decline
(9 March 2002)
Researchers are reporting that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) using estrogen may protect against cognitive decline in women 65 and older...

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