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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399006/quantitative-analysis-of-placebo-response-and-factors-associated-with-menopausal-hot-flashes
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Lujin Li, Ling Xu, Junyi Wu, Lidan Dong, Yinghua Lv, Qingshan Zheng
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to quantitatively analyze the placebo response and the factors associated with menopausal hot flashes. METHODS: The PubMed and Cochrane Library databases were searched for placebo-controlled trials that reported the treatment of menopausal hot flashes, with a retrieval deadline of December 31, 2015. The clinical and demographic characteristics of participants and placebo responses, defined as the percentage of reduction in hot flashes at each observation time point compared with that of baseline values, were extracted from the studies...
April 10, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380486/neurokinin-3-receptor-antagonism-reveals-roles-for-neurokinin-b-in-the-regulation-of-gonadotropin-secretion-and-hot-flashes-in-postmenopausal-women
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Karolina Skorupskaite, Jyothis T George, Johannes D Veldhuis, Robert P Millar, Richard A Anderson
OBJECTIVES: Neurokinin B (NKB) and kisspeptin are obligate for normal gonadotropin secretion, and links between GnRH pulsatility and vasomotor symptoms have been proposed. Using a selective NKB receptor (NK3R) antagonist, the role of NKB in the hypergonadotropic state in menopausal women was explored. METHODS: Eleven postmenopausal women were administered the NK3R antagonist MLE4901, 40 mg twice daily orally for 7 days. 10-min blood sampling for 8 h was performed before and on the last day of NK3R antagonist treatment for LH pulsatility analysis with kisspeptin-10 (0...
April 5, 2017: Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364498/sleep-characteristics-and-carotid-atherosclerosis-among-midlife-women
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Rebecca C Thurston, Yuefang Chang, Roland von Känel, Emma Barinas-Mitchell, J Richard Jennings, Martica H Hall, Nanette Santoro, Daniel J Buysse, Karen A Matthews
Introduction: Midlife, which encompasses the menopause transition in women, can be a time of disrupted sleep and accelerated atherosclerosis accumulation. Short or poor sleep quality has been associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk; few studies have investigated relations among midlife women. We tested whether shorter actigraphy sleep time or poorer subjective sleep quality was associated with carotid atherosclerosis among midlife women. Aims and Methods: Two hundred fifty-six peri- and postmenopausal women aged 40-60 years completed 3 days of wrist actigraphy, hot flash monitoring, questionnaires (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index [PSQI], Berlin), a blood draw, and carotid ultrasound [intima media thickness (IMT), plaque]...
February 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350757/acupuncture-for-menopausal-hot-flashes-clinical-evidence-update-and-its-relevance-to-decision-making
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Carolyn Ee, Simon D French, Charlie C Xue, Marie Pirotta, Helena Teede
OBJECTIVE: There is conflicting evidence on the efficacy and effectiveness of acupuncture for menopausal hot flashes. This article synthesizes the best available evidence for when women are considering whether acupuncture might be useful for menopausal hot flashes. METHODS: We searched electronic databases to identify randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews of acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes. RESULTS: The overall evidence demonstrates that acupuncture is effective when compared with no treatment, but not efficacious compared with sham...
March 27, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278010/the-effect-of-valerian-on-the-severity-and-frequency-of-hot-flashes-a-triple-blind-randomized-clinical-trial
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Ensiyeh Jenabi, Fatemeh Shobeiri, Seyyed Mohammad Mahdi Hazavehei, Ghodratollah Roshanaei
Valerian is one of the most widely used herbal supplements and a phytoestrogenic herb. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of Valerian on the severity and frequency of hot flashes. This triple-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial was conducted during a three-month period in Hamadan, Iran, in 60 postmenopausal women aged 45-55 years. Participants were randomly assigned to one of two groups- either placebo or Valerian. An oral Valerian 530 mg capsule was given twice per day for two months...
February 16, 2017: Women & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225431/menopause-and-big-data-word-adjacency-graph-modeling-of-menopause-related-chacha-data
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Janet S Carpenter, Doyle Groves, Chen X Chen, Julie L Otte, Wendy R Miller
OBJECTIVE: To detect and visualize salient queries about menopause using Big Data from ChaCha. METHODS: We used Word Adjacency Graph (WAG) modeling to detect clusters and visualize the range of menopause-related topics and their mutual proximity. The subset of relevant queries was fully modeled. We split each query into token words (ie, meaningful words and phrases) and removed stopwords (ie, not meaningful functional words). The remaining words were considered in sequence to build summary tables of words and two and three-word phrases...
February 20, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219672/changes-in-cardiovascular-function-based-on-adrenalin-and-norepinephrine-metabolism-in-ovariectomized-rats
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Hai Jiang, Wenpei Bai, Wenjuan Wang, Jing Zhang, Ke Wang, Yao Liu, Shuya Liu, Jing Jia, Lihua Qin
Menopause is a cardiovascular risk factor in women, and cardiovascular changes during perimenopause can increase the risk. We observed the influence of plasma adrenalin and norepinephrine and their metabolites on the cardiovascular system and the rectification effect of estrogen in ovariectomized rats. Fifty-four adult female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into sham (Sham), ovariectomized (OVX), or ovariectomized+estrogen treatment groups (OVX+E), with 18 rats in each. The Sham and OVX groups were given normal saline and the OVX+E group was given estradiol valerate beginning 2weeks after ovariectomy and continuing for 4weeks...
May 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208808/adding-agnus-castus-and-magnolia-to-soy-isoflavones-relieves-sleep-disturbances-besides-postmenopausal-vasomotor-symptoms-long-term-safety-and-effectiveness
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Pasquale De Franciscis, Flavio Grauso, Anna Luisi, Maria Teresa Schettino, Marco Torella, Nicola Colacurci
The effectiveness for vasomotor symptoms and sleep disorders plus the long-term safety of a nutraceutical combination of agnus-castus and magnolia extracts combined with soy isoflavones (SI) and lactobacilli were assessed in postmenopausal women. A controlled study was carried out in menopausal women comparing this nutraceutical combination (ESP group) with a formulation containing isoflavones alone (C group) at the dosage recommended. The Kuppermann index, The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), and Short Form 36 (SF-36) were determined at baseline, three, six and 12 months...
February 13, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169914/cardiac-autonomic-function-and-hot-flashes-among-perimenopausal-and-postmenopausal-women
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Carolyn J Gibson, Wendy Berry Mendes, Michael Schembri, Deborah Grady, Alison J Huang
OBJECTIVE: Abnormalities in autonomic function are posited to play a pathophysiologic role in menopausal hot flashes. We examined relationships between resting cardiac autonomic activity and hot flashes in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. METHODS: Autonomic function was assessed at baseline and 12 weeks among perimenopausal and postmenopausal women (n = 121, mean age 53 years) in a randomized trial of slow-paced respiration for hot flashes. Pre-ejection period (PEP), a marker of sympathetic activation, was measured with impedance cardiography...
February 6, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054115/-risk-and-benefit-of-nutritional-supplements-for-the-treatment-of-postmenopausal-complaints
#10
Patrick Diel, Anne Kurrat, Christina Oden, Lars Hanke
Menopause is for many females associated with an occurrence of a variety of health complaints and a decrease in quality in life. Hot flashes, sleep disturbances and a variety of other symptoms result in a strong psychological strain. Hormone replacement therapy for treatment of climacteric complaints is discussed controversially regarding associated side effects. This is a major reason to propose treatment with plant derived extracts and compounds as an alternative. Such compounds are available either as drugs but mostly as nutritional supplements...
January 4, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041599/influence-of-equol-and-resveratrol-supplementation-on-health-related-quality-of-life-in-menopausal-women-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-study
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Sergio Davinelli, Giovanni Scapagnini, Fulvio Marzatico, Vincenzo Nobile, Nicola Ferrara, Graziamaria Corbi
OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to evaluate the effects of equol and resveratrol supplementation on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in otherwise healthy menopausal women with hot flashes, anxiety and depressive symptoms. METHODS: Sixty recently menopausal women aged 50-55 years were randomized in a 12-week, placebo-controlled trial to receive 200mg of fermented soy containing 10mg of equol and 25mg of resveratrol (1 tablet/day). The primary outcome was the change in score on the Menopause Rating Scale (MRS), used to evaluate the severity of age-/menopause-related complaints...
February 2017: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929271/hormone-therapy-and-other-treatments-for-symptoms-of-menopause
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REVIEW
D Ashley Hill, Mark Crider, Susan R Hill
The results of large clinical trials have led physicians and patients to question the safety of hormone therapy for menopause. In the past, physicians prescribed hormone therapy to improve overall health and prevent cardiac disease, as well as for symptoms of menopause. Combined estrogen/progestogen therapy, but not estrogen alone, increases the risk of breast cancer when used for more than three to five years. Therefore, in women with a uterus, it is recommended that physicians prescribe combination therapy only to treat menopausal symptoms such as vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes) and vaginal atrophy, using the smallest effective dosage for the shortest possible duration...
December 1, 2016: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922934/psychometric-properties-of-the-chinese-version-of-the-menopause-specific-quality-of-life-questionnaire
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Guangning Nie, Hongyan Yang, Jian Liu, ChunMei Zhao, Xiaoyun Wang
OBJECTIVE: The Menopause-Specific Quality-of-Life (MENQOL) questionnaire was developed as a specific tool to measure the health-related quality-of-life of postmenopausal women. Thus far, the Chinese version questionnaire has not been subjected to psychometric assessment with a large sample. This study aims to evaluate the validity and reliability of the Chinese version of the MENQOL specific to postmenopausal women in China. METHODS: A total of 1,137 menopausal symptomatic and 491 menopausal asymptomatic women from eight cities in China were recruited using a convenience sampling method...
May 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855752/sleep-characteristics-and-carotid-atherosclerosis-among-midlife-women
#14
Rebecca C Thurston, Yuefang Chang, Roland von Känel, Emma Barinas-Mitchell, J Richard Jennings, Martica H Hall, Nanette Santoro, Daniel J Buysse, Karen A Matthews
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Midlife, which encompasses the menopause transition in women, can be a time of disrupted sleep and accelerated atherosclerosis accumulation. Short or poor sleep quality has been associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk; few studies have investigated relations among midlife women. We tested whether shorter actigraphy sleep time or poorer subjective sleep quality was associated with carotid atherosclerosis among midlife women. METHODS: 256 peri- and postmenopausal women aged 40-60 completed three days of wrist actigraphy, hot flash monitoring, questionnaires [Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), Berlin], a blood draw, and carotid ultrasound [intima media thickness (IMT), plaque]...
November 14, 2016: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834746/menopausal-hot-flashes-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness-among-midlife-women
#15
Rebecca C Thurston, Yuefang Chang, Emma Barinas-Mitchell, J Richard Jennings, Doug P Landsittel, Nanette Santoro, Roland von Känel, Karen A Matthews
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: There has been a longstanding interest in the role of menopause and its correlates in the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women. Menopausal hot flashes are experienced by most midlife women; emerging data link hot flashes to CVD risk indicators. We tested whether hot flashes, measured via state-of-the-art physiologic methods, were associated with greater subclinical atherosclerosis as assessed by carotid ultrasound. We considered the role of CVD risk factors and estradiol concentrations in these associations...
December 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779568/longitudinal-changes-in-menopausal-symptoms-comparing-women-randomized-to-low-dose-oral-conjugated-estrogens-or-transdermal-estradiol-plus-micronized-progesterone-versus-placebo-the-kronos-early-estrogen-prevention-study
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Nanette Santoro, Amanda Allshouse, Genevieve Neal-Perry, Lubna Pal, Rogerio A Lobo, Frederick Naftolin, Dennis M Black, Eliot A Brinton, Matthew J Budoff, Marcelle I Cedars, N Maritza Dowling, Mary Dunn, Carey E Gleason, Howard N Hodis, Barbara Isaac, Maureen Magnani, JoAnn E Manson, Virginia M Miller, Hugh S Taylor, Whitney Wharton, Erin Wolff, Viola Zepeda, S Mitchell Harman
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study was to compare the efficacy of two forms of menopausal hormone therapy in alleviating vasomotor symptoms, insomnia, and irritability in early postmenopausal women during 4 years. METHODS: A total of 727 women, aged 42 to 58, within 3 years of their final menstrual period, were randomized to receive oral conjugated estrogens (o-CEE) 0.45 mg (n = 230) or transdermal estradiol (t-E2) 50 μg (n = 225; both with micronized progesterone 200 mg for 12 d each mo), or placebos (PBOs; n = 275)...
March 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766930/prevalence-of-climacteric-symptoms-comparing-perimenopausal-and-postmenopausal-chinese-women
#17
Xiangyan Ruan, Yamei Cui, Juan Du, Fengyu Jin, Alfred Otto Mueck
INTRODUCTION: The climacteric symptoms during peri- and postmenopause have not been extensively studied in China. To further understanding of the characteristics of Chinese women during their menopausal transition, the aim of the study was to compare the prevalence and severity of climacteric symptoms of peri- and postmenopausal Chinese women. METHODS: The retrospective descriptive study was carried out in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women from 20 provinces of China who visited Beijing Obstetrics & Gynecology hospital during 2008-2015...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760087/cultural-issues-in-menopause-an-exploratory-qualitative-study-of-macedonian-women-in-australia
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Anita Strezova, Sheila O'Neill, Cathy O'Callaghan, Astrid Perry, Jinzhu Liu, John Eden
OBJECTIVE: This study explored the attitudes to, and experience of, menopause among Macedonian women living in Australia, including attitudes and responses to hormone therapy (HT) and complementary therapies, as well as related psycho-sexual, relationship and other midlife issues. METHODS: Using qualitative methodology, the study was based on seven unstructured, nondirective group discussions. Natural social groups were recruited, meeting wherever each group felt most at home...
October 10, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760085/an-investigation-of-life-circumstances-associated-with-the-experience-of-hot-flashes-in-campeche-mexico
#19
Laura Huicochea-Gómez, Lynnette Leidy Sievert, Diana Cahuich-Campos, Daniel E Brown
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to better understand the experience of calores (hot flashes) in the state of Campeche, Mexico, and characteristics of women's lives. This study was carried out to understand the sociocultural context of women's lives before conducting a larger semistructured survey in the same communities. METHODS: Eighty-five women from rural and urban settings participated in open-ended interviews about the menopausal transition, with particular attention to hot flashes...
January 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760084/effect-of-gua-sha-therapy-on-perimenopausal-syndrome-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#20
Fang Meng, Pei-Bei Duan, Junya Zhu, Qing-Qing Lou, Zhao-Hui Fang, Hong-Li An, Lan-Ying Liu, Yue Hu, Qian Hu
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of Gua sha therapy on perimenopausal symptoms, quality of life, and serum female hormones in participants with perimenopausal syndrome. METHODS: A prospective, randomized, controlled clinical trial was conducted at the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in China. Eighty women with perimenopausal syndrome were recruited and randomized into an intervention group or a control group...
October 10, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
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