Research reveals reason for menopause

Women may go through the menopause in order to settle into a 'grandmother' role, new research has suggested. Scientists from the Universities of Exeter and Cambridge in the UK have found a connection between killer whales, pilot whales and humans - all of which stop reproducing relatively early on...

Blood test to predict menopause

Researchers have developed a simple blood test which will accurately predict when women will experience the menopause. On average, the difference between the predicted age and the actual age of when the women who took part in the study reached menopause was only one-third of a year. The maximum...

Antidepressants 'may raise post-menopause stroke risks'

Post-menopausal women who take antidepressants may be increasing their chances of suffering a stroke, it has been reported. According to research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine journal, taking the drugs increases such risks by a small, but statistically significant amount.

Menopausal women 'not being informed of treatment options'

Most women experiencing the menopause are not being informed about alternative treatments, a new report has claimed. Food supplement producer Phyto Soya claims that despite concerns about hormone replacement therapy (HRT), almost half of women with menopausal symptoms are prescribed it after...

Exercise 'reduces breast cancer risks'

Women who have been through the menopause may be able to minimise their risk of suffering from breast cancer by engaging in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, it has been reported.

Concerns over menopause oestrogen supplements

Dietary supplements designed to help postmenopausal women with bone health may not be as effective as they claim to be, it has been reported.

Acupuncture 'can increase comfort during menopause'

Women going through the menopause may be able to make themselves more comfortable using acupuncture therapy, it has been claimed.

Non-natural menopause linked to lung cancer

An increased risk of lung cancer could be one of the side effects of premature menopause caused by medical interventions.

Discarded fallopian tubes 'may help stem cell research'

Brazilian researchers have claimed that discarded human fallopian tubes can prove to be a rich source of stem cells.

Obesity 'may reduce postmenopausal brain function'

Obesity may relate to a reduced volume of gray matter in the brains of postmenopausal women, a new study has suggested.