Latest Women’s Health News

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  • Dietary concerns
  • Fitness
  • Menopause management
  • Necessary medical tests
  • Nutrition
  • Osteoporosis prevention

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Make sure to stay up-to-date on current women’s health news, articles and videos by viewing the releases below.

  • Metformin: New Benefits (and Risks) For This Old Diabetes Drug

    July 2017 - If type 2 diabetes is part of your life—whether you have the condition or are at risk of developing it—you’ve probably heard of a drug called metformin. Perhaps your doctor has told you about it, has recently started you on it or has been prescribing it to you for years to keep your blood sugar under control.

    It’s no newbie. Metformin has been available by prescription in the US for more than 20 years and in Europe for more than 40 years. US doctors write nearly 60 million prescriptions a year. It’s recommended as the go-to-first prescription for people with diabetes by the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American College of Physicians.

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  • NAMS Releases Its 2017 Hormone Therapy Position Statement

    June 2017 -- “Hormone therapy remains the most effective treatment for vasomotor symptoms and the genitourinary syndrome of menopause and has been shown to prevent bone loss and fracture,” says Dr. JoAnn V. Pinkerton, NAMS Executive Director and Chair of the Position Statement Advisory Panel. “NAMS discovered through its review of the literature published since the 2012 Position Statement that its previous position that hormone therapy should be prescribed only for the ‘lowest dose for the shortest period of time’ may be inadequate or even harmful for some women. NAMS has clarified this position to the more fitting concept of the ‘appropriate dose, duration, regimen, and route of administration’ that provides the most benefit with the minimal amount of risk.”

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  • Breast-feeding linked to lower risk of endometrial cancer

    An analysis of 17 past studies suggests that while breast-feeding for any period of time appears to lower a woman’s risk of endometrial cancer, mothers who breast-fed for the recommended six months lowered their risk even further.

    Surpassing the 6-9 month recommended timeframe for breast-feeding seemed to have little benefit, the researchers said, but those who had ever breast-fed their children were 11 percent less likely than women who had children but didn’t breast-feed to be diagnosed with endometrial cancer, Reuters reported.

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  • ERAAs for menopause treatment: Welcome the ‘designer estrogens’

    This review summarizes how ERAAs can be used in combination with an estrogen or alone to treat menopausal symptoms (vasomotor symptoms, genitourinary syndrome of menopause), breast cancer or the risk of breast cancer, osteopenia, osteoporosis, and other female midlife concerns.

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  • Dr. Holly Thacker Talks How To Fix A Leaky Bladder

    Dr. Holly L. Thacker discusses how to take control of your sensitive bladder with Dr. Mache Seibel in the latest issue of The Hot Years: My Menopause magazine.

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  • The AHAH Group Response to the USPTS Update on use of Hormone Therapy

    Ahah is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the health of women who have had a hysterectomy. In the USA, there are 8 million such women who are under age 60 with half of them age 45 or younger. On behalf of these women, we would urge the USPSTF not to suggest that estrogen therapy (ET) deserves a grade of D for disease prevention because the totality of recent data supports a higher grade. Consider the following:

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  • Radius Health (RDUS) Announces FDA Approval for TYMLOS for Treatment of Postmenopausal Women with Osteoporosis

    April 2017 - Radius Health, Inc. (Nasdaq: RDUS), a science-driven fully integrated biopharmaceutical company that is committed to developing innovative therapeutics in the areas of osteoporosis, oncology and endocrine diseases, today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved TYMLOS (abaloparatide) injection for the treatment of postmenopausal women with osteoporosis at high risk for fracture defined as history of osteoporotic fracture, multiple risk factors for fracture, or patients who have failed or are intolerant to other available osteoporosis therapy. In postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, TYMLOS reduces the risk of vertebral and nonvertebral fractures.

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  • VeLVET Study: Randomized clinical trial comparing vaginal laser therapy to vaginal estrogen therapy

    If you would like more information about the VeLVET Study or if you are interested in participating, please call The Cleveland Clinic Department of Ob/Gyn and Women’s Health Institute research line, at 216-445-8090.

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  • AP Fact Check: CDC Backs Breastfeeding, Despite False Story

    April 2017 - A widely shared story that U.S. health officials are recommending a delay in breast-feeding to improve vaccine effectiveness is false.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency named in the false reports, encourages breastfeeding. The CDC says breast milk is best for all infants except in rare cases such as when a mother has active, untreated tuberculosis.

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  • Vaccinating pregnant moms protects newborns from whooping cough

    April 2017 - Infants born to mothers who are vaccinated against the highly contagious and potentially fatal whooping cough are much less likely to get it than others, researchers said, in a large study published Monday.

    Whooping cough, which is caused by Bordetella pertussis bacteria, is easily spread when an infected individual coughs or sneezes. About half of infants who contract the illness require hospitalization for complications like pneumonia or brain disorder, Reuters reported.

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