Heart Benefits From Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Doctor holding hormone therapy sign 300x192 Jose Luis Pelaez Inc / Getty Images A new Danish study offers some reassurance to women using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopausal symptoms: the treatment may not only ease discomfort from hot flashes, but early use also appears not to increase womens risk of heart problems or death. Skepticism surrounding hormone replacement therapy stems from the results of the landmark Womens Health Initiative (WHI), a large federal study that was halted in 2002 when study authors linked estrogen-progestin pills to increased risks for heart disease and breast cancer

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New Study on Menopause Drugs Stokes Fresh Debate Over Cancer Risk

HGH doc 261 300x216 By: Agence France-Presse October 10, 2012 7:03 AM OTHER SPECIAL FEATURES STORIES InterAksyon.com The online news portal of TV5 PARIS – Women who start hormone replacement therapy (HRT) soon after menopause do not show higher cancer incidence within 16 years, according to a Danish study published on Tuesday that fuels scientific discord over the treatment’s safety. Indeed, women who took HRT in the investigation had a significantly lower risk of dying or developing heart problems, the researchers wrote in a paper published on the medical websitebmj.com.

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Behavioral Therapy May Help Hot Flashes

HGH docs 377 300x225 (Reuters) – A few sessions of behavioral therapy, even a “self-help” version, may help some women find relief from menopausal hot flashes, according to a British study. Researchers writing in the journal Menopause said that after six weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy, more than two-thirds of the women who underwent, through group sessions or self-help, had a “clinically significant” drop in problems related to hot flashes and night sweats. Hormone replacement therapy is considered the most effective treatment of hot flashes, but since hormones have been linked to increased risks of heart disease, blood clots and breast cancer, many women want alternative remedies.

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