menopause

04/18/2014 - 10:20

There is no evidence for a clinically significant association between vitamin D levels and menopause-related symptoms in post-menopausal women. This is the overall finding of a study from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) published online ahead-of-print in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society.

 

06/20/2013 - 09:05

Estrogen stimulates the production of the body's own antibiotic and strengthens the cells in the urinary tract, according to a new study from Karolinska Institutet. The results, which are published in the scientific journal Science Translational Medicine, show that estrogen supplements may help menopausal women to ward off recurrent urinary tract infections.

 

04/04/2013 - 09:19

Depression, anxiety, and smoking are associated with lower bone mineral density (BMD) in adults, but these factors have not previously been studied during adolescence, when more than 50% of bone accrual occurs. This longitudinal preliminary study is the first to demonstrate that smoking and depressive symptoms in adolescent girls have a negative impact on adolescent bone accrual and may become a red flag for a future constrained by low bone mass or osteoporosis and higher fracture rates in postmenopausal years.

 

04/03/2013 - 10:32

Removing the ovaries before menopause, appears to leave more of the brain vulnerable to stroke and increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers report. Low doses of estrogen started right after surgery appear to reduce this vulnerability in an area of the brain that typically is not super-sensitive to stress, said Dr. Darrell Brann, Associate Director of the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University.

 

02/20/2013 - 12:43

In women at high risk for ovarian cancer, the common prevention strategy is to remove fallopian tubes and ovaries as soon as the woman is done having a family – the sooner the better. But this initiates menopause and along with it higher risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, sexual side-effects, and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease. A recent University of Colorado Cancer Center review in the International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer suggests a way young, high-risk women can reduce risk while leaving menopause for later: the technique known as salpingectomy removes the fallopian tubes while leaving ovaries intact.

 

01/30/2013 - 17:46

Women with harmful mutations in the BRCA gene, which put them at higher risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer, tend to undergo menopause significantly sooner than other women, allowing them an even briefer reproductive window and possibly a higher risk of infertility, according to a study led by researchers at UC San Francisco.