Menopause :: New data on hormone therapy must lead to re-evaluation of official guidelines

On World Menopause Day, the International Menopause Society calls upon health authorities to re-evaluate the new age-related data on hormone therapy and review their recommendations accordingly, with an emphasis on women below 60, for whom the safety profile of HT is favorable and should not preclude women from using HT when appropriate.

Cholesterol :: Older American women better informed about cholesterol than younger women

Older adult American women are better informed about cholesterol and more likely to monitor it than younger adult women, but gaps remain in cholesterol knowledge and efforts to screen for it adequately, according to results of a national survey released by the Society for Women’s Health Research, a Washington, D.C., based advocacy organization.

Menopause :: Less than one-third of women aware of landmark hormone therapy study

Despite the huge publicity generated by a 2002 study on the potential dangers of hormone therapy for postmenopausal women, new research from the Stanford University School of Medicine found that only 29 percent of women surveyed knew about the study two years later.

Cholesterol :: Cholesterol byproduct blocks heart health benefits of estrogen

New findings by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers show that a byproduct of cholesterol metabolism interferes with the beneficial effects estrogen has on the cardiovascular system, providing a better understanding of the interplay between cholesterol and estrogen in heart disease.

Osteoporosis :: Scientists learn role of oxidative stress in estrogen-related bone loss

Scientists have discovered new information about an immune pathway in mice that explains how oxidative stress that results from acute estrogen deficiency leads to the loss of bone. The finding, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could help in identifying a new drug target for preventing postmenopausal bone loss.

Menopause :: Flaxseed shows potential to reduce hot flashes

Data from a new Mayo Clinic study suggest that dietary therapy using flaxseed can decrease hot flashes in postmenopausal women who do not take estrogen. The findings from the pilot study are published in the summer 2007 issue of the Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology.