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Menopause is the time in a woman's life when her period stops. It usually occurs naturally, most often after age 45. Menopause happens because the woman's ovary stops producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone.
Menopausal women may experience accelerated decline in lung function, research shows

Menopausal women may experience accelerated decline in lung function, research shows

Menopausal women appear to experience an accelerated decline in lung function, according to new research published online ahead of print in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. [More]
New guidelines recommend evaluation of osteoporosis risk for all postmenopausal women

New guidelines recommend evaluation of osteoporosis risk for all postmenopausal women

Osteoporosis is preventable and treatable, but only a small proportion of people at risk for fractures are evaluated and treated, according to new osteoporosis guidelines written by an expert panel headed by Loyola Medicine endocrinologist Pauline M. Camacho, MD, FACE. [More]
Long-term hormone treatment may negatively affect kidneys in postmenopausal women

Long-term hormone treatment may negatively affect kidneys in postmenopausal women

Long-term estrogen treatment after menopause may increase the risk of new kidney damage and negatively affect women with abnormal kidney function. [More]
Electro-acupuncture may be effective in treating sleep disturbances in women with breast cancer

Electro-acupuncture may be effective in treating sleep disturbances in women with breast cancer

It's somewhat of a little-known adverse effect of having breast cancer, but studies suggest that approximately 30% to 40% of women with breast cancer report persistent hot flashes. Nocturnal hot flashes are among the most problematic because they can contribute to poor sleep. [More]
Older first-time mothers may have increased chances of living longer

Older first-time mothers may have increased chances of living longer

The average age of a woman giving birth for the first time has risen dramatically in the United States over the past 40 years, driven by factors like education or career. [More]
Study shows menopausal hormone therapy can improve bone mass and structure

Study shows menopausal hormone therapy can improve bone mass and structure

Women who undergo hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes can not only increase bone mass, but also can improve bone structure, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. [More]
Study finds positive link between later age at last pregnancy and cognitive function after menopause

Study finds positive link between later age at last pregnancy and cognitive function after menopause

A new study has found that women have better brainpower after menopause if they had their last baby after age 35, used hormonal contraceptives for more than 10 years or began their menstrual cycle before turning 13. [More]
Exposure to licorice compound disrupts steroid sex hormone production in ovary

Exposure to licorice compound disrupts steroid sex hormone production in ovary

A study of mouse reproductive tissues finds that exposure to isoliquiritigenin, a compound found in licorice, disrupts steroid sex hormone production in the ovary, researchers report. [More]
Study elucidates why women have higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men

Study elucidates why women have higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men

Women have a two-fold higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men, yet strikingly little is known about how changes in brain function promote this difference -- and how early in midlife those changes can be detected. [More]
Middle-aged women outperform age-matched men on all memory measures, study shows

Middle-aged women outperform age-matched men on all memory measures, study shows

In the battle of the sexes, women have long claimed that they can remember things better and longer than men can. [More]
New study finds one in seven older women have hypoactive sexual desire dysfunction

New study finds one in seven older women have hypoactive sexual desire dysfunction

Although many of us don't want to think about grandma still "getting it on," multiple studies show that older women are still sexually active beyond their seventh decade of life. [More]
Risk of fracture still higher among women experiencing early menopause

Risk of fracture still higher among women experiencing early menopause

If you're in menopause before the age of 40, you have a higher fracture risk. That fact has already been proven by the Women's Health Initiative clinical trials. Now a new study evaluating the same WHI data further concludes that, even with calcium and vitamin D supplements, your risk of fracture is still higher. [More]
Women experience decline in sexual function before and after last menstrual period, study finds

Women experience decline in sexual function before and after last menstrual period, study finds

Women experience a notable decline in sexual function approximately 20 months before and one year after their last menstrual period, and that decrease continues, though at a somewhat slower rate, over the following five years, according to a study led by a researcher at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. [More]
Study shows promise for successful ovarian transplantation in future

Study shows promise for successful ovarian transplantation in future

Approximately 11% of women worldwide suffer from premature ovarian failure. This can have many different causes: chemotherapy administered for a malignant disease might irreversibly damage the ovaries and, because of the advances in modern cancer therapy, the number of young women surviving cancer is on the increase. [More]
New study provides detailed timetable of sexual decline over menopause transition

New study provides detailed timetable of sexual decline over menopause transition

Although most medical professionals (and their patients) agree that sexual function declines with age, there remains debate about the contribution of menopause to sexual activity and functioning. [More]
Low-dose estrogen therapy effective in alleviating menopause symptoms, study finds

Low-dose estrogen therapy effective in alleviating menopause symptoms, study finds

For early postmenopausal women concerned about the effectiveness of low-dose estrogen therapy for alleviating menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and irritability, data from the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS) was used to compare the efficacy of two forms of hormone therapy (HT) on menopause symptoms compared with placebo over 4 years. [More]
Breakthrough Award supports research on role of chronic stress in breast cancer development

Breakthrough Award supports research on role of chronic stress in breast cancer development

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey resident research member Wenwei Hu, PhD, has received a $596,250 Breakthrough Award from the U.S. Department of Defense through its Breast Cancer Research Program to study the role of chronic stress in breast cancer development. [More]
Robot-assisted surgery at NYU Lutheran offers hope to women with endometrial cancer

Robot-assisted surgery at NYU Lutheran offers hope to women with endometrial cancer

Nandi Kumar Carpen, a 51-year-old wife, mother of two young girls, and a nurse at a major city hospital, noticed some "spotty" bleeding outside of her regular menstrual cycle. [More]
Gene variants linked to hot flashes in menopausal women

Gene variants linked to hot flashes in menopausal women

Most women experience hot flashes and night sweats either before or during menopause, but a significant minority don't have these symptoms. Could our genes be a factor in determining which women get hot flashes? [More]
Minimal exercise may help postmenopausal women to maintain metabolic function, prevent weight gain

Minimal exercise may help postmenopausal women to maintain metabolic function, prevent weight gain

Past research has indicated that metabolic function is critical for women to prevent cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes after they reach menopause. [More]
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