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HRT linked to recurrence of breast cancer

Once thought of as a cure-all for a host of menopausal symptoms with benefits ranging from increased bone strength and protection against heart disease, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) continues to come under fire for causing more harm than good. Now researchers believe that women who survived breast cancer and then took HRT to relieve menopause symptoms may be at a significantly higher risk for breast cancer recurrence, according to Natural News. According to the report, Kings College London researchers tracked 442 female breast cancer survivors for more than four years, half of which had been given HRT. The women who ... Read More

Timing, method of HRT may affect heart attack risk

How and when women take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may affect their risk of heart attack, according to the Washington Post. For six years, Danish researchers tracked nearly 700,000 healthy Danish women aged 51 to 69. While researchers found no increased risk of a heart attack in women who were currently using HRT compared with women who had never used HRT, there was a 24 percent increased risk among women aged 51 to 54, and an increased risk in women of the same age group taking the prescribed medications for a long period of time. The study found that older ... Read More

October is breast cancer month; time to evaluate breast health

October is breast cancer awareness month, which makes it a perfect time for women currently taking or considering taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT), to assess their breast health. For years, HRT was considered the cure-all for menopausal symptoms that range from hot flashes and riding the emotional roller coaster to bone loss and osteoporosis. But a 2002 study by the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) and funded by the National Institutes of Health stopped women and their doctors in their tracks when the research revealed that the risks of HRT far outweighed and outnumbered the benefits. The WHI report stated that ... Read More

High court may bar claims for FDA-approved drugs

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today in the first of two cases this term that consumer advocates fear could shut courthouse doors to patients injured by FDA-approved drugs or medical devices. Legal experts say the cases could also affect lawsuits already filed by tens of thousands of Americans challenging the safety of blockbuster drugs such as Celebrex and Prempro and a host of medical devices. The case before the court today was brought by the family of a New York man who suffered severe medical complications when a balloon catheter burst during a procedure to clear his arteries. ... Read More

Natural menopause

Oestrogen and progesterone are necessary hormones for reproduction which are produced naturally by a woman’s ovaries. At around the age of 50 the body slows down and eventually stops production of these hormones, which brings on the menopause or ‘change of life’. The menopause is, strictly speaking, the moment when a woman no longer has menstrual periods, but the term is generally used to describe the years leading up to and after that time. For some the menopause can be uncomfortable and distressing. Symptoms can include: hot flushes, night sweats, palpitations, vaginal dryness, urinary tract infections, depression, mood swings, weight ... Read More