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Menopause

Decades ago, menopause used to be referred to in whispers as The Change. The mystery surrounding the event gave it a sinister aura. Now, though, more than 5,000 women enter menopause every day in the United States.721 That's because the... (Read More)

Guide to Menopause

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Our new 8-page Guide to Menopause offers steps for managing hot flashes, hormonal and non-hormonal approaches, and home remedies for menopausal symptoms.... (Read More)
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738 Menopause

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Menopause used to be spoken about in whispers, if at all. Women dreaded The Change, and many men did as well. Now, with many thousands of baby boomers going through menopause every week, women are changing their attitudes. Menopause doesn't... (Read More)
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There is an epidemic of thyroid disease in the United States. Nearly 90 millions prescriptions for thyroid hormone were dispensed last year alone. But many people don't even know they are lacking adequate thyroid hormone.Physicians often assume the treatment of... (Read More)
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Women used to be prescribed hormone therapy to prevent heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease as well as osteoporosis and menopausal symptoms. But once the Women’s Health Initiative demonstrated that hormones don’t help the heart, many women and their physicians... (Read More)

#568 Health News Update

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The artificial sweetener aspartame is consumed by millions of people every day. But how safe is it? A new study in animals re-opens this controversial issue. With all the controversy surrounding hormone replacement therapy and even bio-identical hormones... (Read More)

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Treatments for mental illness have ranged from flogging to frontal lobotomies. In the 1950s researchers developed drugs like Thorazine to treat schizophrenia. But serious side effects limited their usefulness. Newer medications have been heralded as breakthroughs against hallucinations and delusions.... (Read More)
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For many of us, both men and women, life is so busy that we rush from one day to the next with little awareness of how we feel. Can conscious awareness help women deal better with common issues like pregnancy,... (Read More)
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When the enormous experiment called the Women's Health Initiative determined that postmenopausal women taking Prempro were at higher risk of heart disease, stroke and dementia, many doctors were astonished and shaken. They shouldn't have been, according to Barbara Seaman. The... (Read More)
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The topic is men and testosterone. Women were shocked to learn that hormone replacement therapy has so many unexpected downsides. More and more men are taking hormones--from testosterone to human growth hormone. They want to build muscle, fight aging and... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor recently prescribed Premarin Vaginal Cream. It has improved my life dramatically, reducing dryness and easing other symptoms of menopause. Are there any negative effects? Is it absorbed into my body?A. Premarin Vaginal Cream contains conjugated estrogens just... (Read More)
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Q. I was put on Cymbalta to stop hot flashes from menopause. When I switched doctors, my new physician was angry that I had been put on an antidepressant for hot flashes and put me on hormones instead. I am... (Read More)
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There are few drugs in modern history that have stimulated greater controversy than Premarin. Since its FDA approval in the early 1940s more than 30 billion doses have been dispensed. The estrogens in this hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are made... (Read More)
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Q. Help! My menopausal hot flashes are becoming unbearable and debilitating. I have tried many remedies. Some helped a little (like cutting down on caffeine), but others, like soy, did nothing. I work with liver transplant patients, and the specialists... (Read More)
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Q. I have leg pain when walking and hip pain at night. I have a vitamin D level of 14. Is it too late to take vitamin D and if not how much should I take?A. Your low vitamin D... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 58 year-old woman, and I suffered from severe vaginal dryness after menopause. I have found great relief from Estring. It has stopped the everyday irritation I was experiencing.My libido is still a problem but I find... (Read More)
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Estradiol Vaginal

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Vagifem is a vaginal suppository used to treat atrophic vaginitis. Full prescribing information is available at:http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=1447Check out Wikipedia for more user-friendly information:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vagifem ... (Read More)
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Progesterone

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Prometrium is used to prevent endometrial hyperplasia in menopausal women who have not undergone hysterectomy and who are taking conjugated estrogen. It is also prescribed for secondary amenorrhea. Full prescribing information is available at:http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=6971Check out Wikipedia for more user-friendly information:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometrium ... (Read More)
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Vivelle-Dot is a transdermal patch form of estrogen delivery for treating symptoms associated with menopause. Full prescribing information is available at:http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=2113Check out Wikipedia for more user-friendly information:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivelle-dot  ... (Read More)
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Ibandronate

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Boniva is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Full prescribing information is available at: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=8750 Check out Wikipedia for more user-friendly information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibandronic_acid... (Read More)
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Vaginal dryness is a common problem after menopause or certain cancer treatments. Finding an acceptable sexual lubricant can be a challenge. We heard from one couple who used an old-fashioned moisturizing hand lotion called Corn Huskers for twenty-five years. They... (Read More)