Menopause

HRT linked to better memory in women

A type of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may protect memory for some women, according to the findings of a new study led by the University of Southern California (USC), US. The new research has become the latest to indicate that HRT may offer women some benefits, which serves to further...

Discontinuing bisphosphonates linked to higher hip fracture risk

Women who temporarily or permanently discontinued bisphosphonates for more than two years have a significantly higher risk of a hip fracture compared to others who continued their treatment, according to new research by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, US. Osteoporosis results from loss of...

Hot flashes linked to obstructive sleep apnea risk in menopausal women

The hot flashes and night sweats faced by at least 80 per cent of middle-aged women may be linked to an increased risk of obstructive sleep apnea, according to new research. Scientists at the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, US, explained that obstructive sleep apnea is characterised by the repeated...

Menopausal women 'reluctant to take hormone therapies despite benefits'

Women are reluctant to take hormone therapies to alleviate the symptoms of menopause, despite their proven benefits. This is according to a new study presented during the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) annual meeting in Philadelphia, which indicated that many women remain sceptical of the...

Menopause and oestrogen found to affect muscle function

Oestrogen acts as a regulator of muscle energy metabolism and muscle cell viability, according to new research from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. The researchers explained that menopause leads to the cessation of ovarian oestrogen production concurrent to the deterioration of...

Study: HRT will not shorten lives

New research has found that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will not shorten the lives of women taking it. Dr JoAnn Manson, preventive medicine chief at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, conducted a follow-up study to research published in the late 1990s. It found that women who...

New recommendations for menopausal symptoms in breast cancer survivors

A new review published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism has made a number of recommendations for how women who have survived breast cancer can better manage the symptoms of the menopause. The recommendations include smoking cessation, maintaining a...

Some women ‘mistaking menopause symptoms for tamoxifen side effects’

Women at high risk of developing breast cancer may avoid taking the preventive drug tamoxifen because they are confusing naturally-occurring symptoms with side effects, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), UK. The researchers say that their findings have implications...

Hot flushes linked to depression

A new study has linked hot flushes to a greater risk of depression in women. The study, conducted by a group of researchers from Monash University, Australia, looked at the impact of hot flushes and a number of other independent factors on the risk of depression in women 65 or older. They found...

Menopause linked to lower back pain

A new study has suggested that menopause is associated with the severity of disc degeneration in the lumbar spine. The research was conducted by a group of researchers in China and have been published in an article in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). According...