Glaucoma a Risk of Low Estrogen in Menopause

In addition to poor sleep, hot flashes and low libido, there is another health issue that a woman with low estrogen in or near menopause needs to discuss with her doctor – glaucoma.   A new review article in the journal Menopause shows that low estrogen levels is a major contributor to poor vision in …


Menopause Causes Work Absenteeism

Women are now 51% of all high paying and professional and related occupations and their numbers are growing. As their ages increase, more and more women in menopause and beyond are working. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 68 million women make up half the US work force. Women over 45 have the highest …


Older Fathers Increase Child's Autism Risk

While older moms are usually the cause of genetic diseases in their children such as Down’s Syndrome, a new study in the journal Nature suggests that it is older fathers responsible for the rise in autism. The study was done in Iceland in 78 families who had a diagnosis of autism or schizophrenia. The sequences of …


Some Night Sweats Aren't Due to Menopause

Many women know that a flushing face and night sweats are a part of menopause. But menopause is not always the cause. Sometimes these nuisances are a symptom of something else. As a matter of fact, a wide range of conditions can cause hot flashes and night sweats (and sometimes day sweats). It’s called Sleep …


Low Estrogen in Menopause Lowers Vision

As if hot sweats, irritability and poor sleep weren’t enough, a new study published in the August issue of Menopause showed that women in menopause who do not receive estrogen had a higher risk of glaucoma. Glaucoma is a painless increase in pressure within the eye that irreversibly leads to blindness. The authors found a …


Do You Have Osteoporosis? Ask Your Dentist.

Almost one in four people age 65 and older have lost all their teeth. Since teeth are bones, I’ve noticed that many of my menopause patients with osteoporosis also have bad teeth. Osteoporosis associated with menopause is the most common bone disorder due to problems with normal metabolism. Here is a new way to help …


A Brief Primer on Estrogen Therapy

Some women can’t live without it; others won’t come near it. Some love it; others hate it. But no matter how you fell about estrogen, it’s still the only government approved drug therapy in the United States and Canada for treating menopause-related symptoms. Before 2002 and the publishing of the Women’s Health Initiative study, a …


Estrogen May Curb Depression

I’ve been prescribing estrogen for years to help women in menopause with depression. And now, at a meeting of the new Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit of the National Institute of Mental Health, the lower estrogen levels associated with menopause was found to be associated with an increased risk of depression. Basically, the longer the woman …


Got Hot Flashes? Try Hypnosis!

A new study presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in New Orleans gave a new tool for women in menopause looking for an alternative treatment for hot flashes – hypnosis. A five-session program reduced both the frequency and the severity of hot flashes by 80%. And there were side benefits …


K-Y Liquibeads Vaginal Moisturizer Recalled by FDA

Johnson and Johnson is being asked to recall over 69,000 units of it’s K-Y Liquibeads products after receiving over 200 complaints from consumers between June 25, 2010, through Dec. 12, 2011 that the product not dissolving or having an uncharacteristic consistency or texture. A spokeswoman for the company said the recall wasn’t unsafe and does not affect other …

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