The Leadership Report: The Best Ob/Gyn Research from 2013
What research from the past year will have the most significant impact on women's health care? The leaders of five major ob/gyn societies weigh in.
Upping Vitamin D Levels Improves Lipid Profiles in Postmenopausal Women
Calcium and vitamin D supplementation can improve cholesterol levels in postmenopausal women, lowering the “bad” cholesterol and increasing the “good.”
Moderate Exercise Counteracts HRT-Associated Stroke Risk
For postmenopausal women who are taking hormone-replacement therapy (HRT), moderate exercise can help mitigate the increased risk of stroke associated with HRT use.
Oophorectomy Increases Risk of Osteoporosis and Cardiovascular Disease
Premenopausal removal of the ovaries accelerates bone loss and carotid artery thickening in postmenopausal women, putting women at higher risk for both osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
Consider Extending Duration of HRT for Hot Flashes
More than a third of women experience hot flashes for 10 years after menopause and may benefit from HRT for longer than the 3 to 5 years that current usage guidelines recommend.
Is Progesterone’s Bad Reputation Overblown and Undeserved?
Progesterone therapy deserves another chance when it comes to alleviating hot flashes and night sweats, new data shows.
Acupuncture—Real or Sham—May Alleviate Menopausal Symptoms From Breast Cancer Drug
Hot flashes and other vasomotor symptoms in postmenopausal women with breast cancer taking aromatase inhibitors were significantly improved after acupuncture, study finds.
Progesterone, Not Estrogen, Associated With Better Memory, Cognition
In younger postmenopausal women, higher progesterone levels were linked with improved memory and cognition; other hormones were unrelated to mood or cognition.
Severe Hot Flashes Reduced With Quick Neck Injection
A shot in the neck of local anesthesia may reduce hot flashes by as much as 50% for at least 6 months, new research shows.
Investigators Reaffirm Short-Term HRT for Younger Women
The latest results from the Women’s Health Initiative Hormone Trials provide new details on risks and benefits of therapy across age groups and time.