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The Surprising Link Between Carbs and Depression

August 10, 2015

Refined carbohydrates — such as those found in white bread, white rice and sodas — may harm more than the waistlines of older women. New research shows that eating too much of these highly processed foods might also raise their risk of depression.

Smoking, Early Menopause May Shorten Life Span: Study

August 5, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Smoking and early menopause are a dangerous combination that might shorten life span, a new Swedish study warns.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 25,000 Swedish women who were followed for 16 years. Almost 6,000 women died in that period, and the team found that women who began menopause […]

Certain Generic Meds May Help Older Patients With Early Breast Cancer

July 23, 2015

THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — There’s more evidence that two classes of inexpensive generic drugs reduce the risk of death in postmenopausal women with early breast cancer, a pair of new British studies find.
The two classes of drugs — called aromatase inhibitors and bisphosphonates — can also be used together to increase the […]

Menopausal Women at Lower Heart Risk Than Men of Similar Age

July 1, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Menopause is commonly considered a risk factor for heart disease, as the protective effect of estrogen declines. However, in a new study, researchers found that postmenopausal women had a lower risk of dying from heart attack than did men of similar ages.
“Women have lower cardiovascular […]

Common Antidepressants Linked to Higher Fracture Odds in Menopausal Women

June 26, 2015

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women prescribed a common class of antidepressants to ease menopausal symptoms may face a long-term rise in their risk for bone fracture, a new study suggests.
The antidepressants in question are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) medications such as Celexa, Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft.
Besides being used to treat depression, […]

Menopausal Women’s Sleep May Suffer at Different Times of the Month

June 16, 2015

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — As women begin menopause, hormone fluctuations increase the risk of sleep problems during certain phases of the menstrual cycle, according to a small new study.
Researchers analyzed the sleep patterns of 20 women in the earliest stage of menopause (perimenopause), including 11 who had difficulty sleeping at least three […]

Could ADHD Drug Find New Role in Menopause?

June 12, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A drug marketed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder might improve memory and concentration problems associated with menopause, a new, small study suggests.
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), a stimulant, is usually prescribed to children and adults with ADHD. But researchers found it also may help to improve menopausal women’s […]

Strong Bones After 50? Women May Not Need Next Test Until 65

June 9, 2015

TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A postmenopausal woman who is 50 and still shows “normal” readings on her bone density test may not need her next such test for 10 or even 15 years, a new study finds.
However, researchers led by Dr. Margaret Gourlay of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill […]

Hormone Therapy Doesn’t Help Memory: Study

June 3, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women taking menopausal hormone therapy to relieve symptoms such as hot flashes often hope it will also help their menopause-related memory and thinking problems, but a new study reports it won’t.
However, oral hormone therapy was linked to mood benefits, the research found.
“Hormone therapy is […]

Vitamin D, Calcium Don’t Reduce Menopause Symptoms

June 2, 2015

TUESDAY, June 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Vitamin D and calcium supplements don’t help ease the symptoms of menopause, a new study says.
The research is part of the Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term clinical trial of menopausal women, and included more than 34,000 U.S. women between the ages of 50 and 79. The women were […]


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