Womans Health

Menopausal Hot Flashes reduced with Hypnosis

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that women could reduce the number of menopausal hot flashes by up to 74 percent with hypnosis. The controlled, randomized study results were published in the online edition of the journal Menopause.

The researchers from the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory at Baylor University, Waco, TX; the school of Nursing at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN; and the College of Education at the University of Texas, Austin, worked together on this study. They randomly assigned postmenopausal women either to hypnosis or the control groups.

Heart Attacks more deadly for Women

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(Best Syndication News) - A new study found that women have a higher chance of dying from a heart attack (ST elevation myocardial infarction) than men. Dr Guillaume Leurent from the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in Rennes, France presented the study’s findings at the Acute Cardiac Care Congress 2012 meeting in Istanbul, Turkey this week. This is the first annual event hosted by the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA) for the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

The researchers found that women tended to have longer delays before being treated. The women suffering a heart attack were treated less aggressively, and there were more complications with longer hospital stays.

Previous research showed women having worse outcomes with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) events. So the French researchers decided to investigate whether there were any gender differences in the way they were treated.

Low Calcium Diet associated with an increased risk for Primary Hyperparathyroidism

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found an increased risk for developing primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) in women who ate a low calcium diet. Primary hyperparathyroidism is a condition where the parathyroid gland is releasing too much of the parathyroid hormone into the body. The condition can cause weak bones, fractures, and kidney stones. Additionally, other studies have associated untreated PHPT with higher rates of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

PHPT is most often found in post-menopausal women between 50-60 years of age. One in 800 people will be affected by PHPT during their lifetime.

Menopause Hormone Replacement Therapy reduced Heart Failure and Heart Attack Risk

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that women who took hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for ten years had a reduced risk for heart failure and heart attack compared to women who did not take the therapy. The positive effects of taking HRT therapy appears to be a reduction in cardiovascular disease, but on the negative side, there is an increased risk for developing breast cancer. The new study suggests that the cardiovascular benefits are present without having an increased risk for cancer, deep vein thrombosis, or stroke.

The randomized trial-study was conducted in Denmark over a ten-year period. The researchers had followed-up after an additional six years to assess if HRT reduced heart disease risk if therapy started soon after menopause.

Elderly Women’s Brains function better with Daily Low Dose Aspirin Regimen

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(Best Syndication News) - Brain function declined less in elderly women who took a daily low-dose aspirin. These women, who were also at a high risk for heart disease, had less mental decline compared to women who did not take the daily aspirin. The study results were published in the online journal BMJ Open.

The researchers suggest that inflammation associated with heart disease may also influence the way the brain ages.

In the study, 681 women between 70 and 92 were investigated. Out of these women, 601 were at a high risk for having heart disease or a stroke. Their risk was at a 10 percent rate or higher, based on the Framingham scale.

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