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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
Gabriela M Balarini, Eliana Zandonade, Leandro Tanure, Gilda A Ferreira, Wildner M Sardenberg, Érica V Serrano, Cleia C Dias, Túlio P Navarro, Hilde H Nordal, Piotr M Mydel, Johan G Brun, Karl A Brokstad, Eva Gerdts, Roland Jonsson, Valéria Valim
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to identify the association of carotid atherosclerosis with the traditional risk factors, disease features, cytokine profile, and calprotectin in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). METHODS: 63 primary pSS patients and 63 age- and sex-matched healthy controls underwent carotid ultrasound, clinical and laboratory examination. The presence of carotid plaques was taken as carotid atherosclerosis. The covariates of carotid atherosclerosis were identified in univariate and multivariate regressions...
September 8, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
A Minami, H Matsushita, D Ieno, Y Matsuda, Y Horii, A Ishii, T Takahashi, H Kanazawa, A Wakatsuki, T Suzuki
OBJECTIVE: Royal jelly (RJ) from honeybees (Apis mellifera) has estrogenic activity. Estrogen deficiency after menopause leads to a high risk of memory impairment and depression as well as metabolic syndrome and osteoporosis. We here investigated the effect of RJ on memory impairment and depression-like behaviors in ovariectomized (OVX) rats. METHODS: OVX rats were administered with RJ for 82 days. Hippocampus-dependent spatial memory and depression-like behaviors were assessed by the Morris water maze test and the forced swimming test, respectively...
October 13, 2016: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
Ivonne M C M Rietjens, Jochem Louisse, Karsten Beekmann
Phytoestrogens are plant-derived dietary compounds with structural similarity to 17-β-estradiol (E2), the primary female sex hormone. This structural similarity to E2 enables phytoestrogens to cause (anti)estrogenic effects by binding to the estrogen receptors. The aim of the present review is to present a state-of-the-art overview of the the potential health effects of dietary phytoestrogens. Various beneficial health effects have been ascribed to phytoestrogens, such as a lowered risk on menopausal symptoms like hot flushes and osteoporosis, lowered risks on cardiovascular disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, brain function disorders, breast cancer, prostate cancer, bowel cancer and other cancers...
October 9, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Xia Cao, Jiansong Zhou, Hong Yuan, Zhiheng Chen
AIM: This study aimed to assess the associations between menstrual characteristics and the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted with a sample of 1625 postmenopausal women in China. Subjects were classified into three groups according to the tertiles of some variables related to the reproductive life. We assessed associations in multivariable-adjusted analyses, using logistic regressions...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Jean-Jacques Monsuez, Catherine Belin, Olivier Bouchaud
Combined antiretroviral therapy (CART) has turned HIV-infection to a treatable chronic disease during which many patients survive to middle and older age. However, they prematurely develop non-AIDS comorbidities such as cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND). Microcirculatory changes and endothelial dysfunction occur early both in HIV-infected and in aging patients, in whom they usually precede cardiovascular and neurocognitive impairments. Also, mild cognitive involvement has been reported in women during the menopausal transition...
October 5, 2016: Current HIV/AIDS Reports
Elisa Maseroli, Egidia Fanni, Sarah Cipriani, Irene Scavello, Francesca Pampaloni, Cesare Battaglia, Massimiliano Fambrini, Edoardo Mannucci, Emmanuele A Jannini, Mario Maggi, Linda Vignozzi
INTRODUCTION: The relation between sexual and cardiovascular health in women is not well defined. Clitoral color Doppler ultrasound (CDU) with assessment of the pulsatility index (PI), reflecting resistance to blood flow, has been proposed as an objective measurement of sexual functioning. AIM: To investigate associations between clitoral PI and cardiometabolic risk factors, sexual and intrapsychic parameters, and self-perception of body image. METHODS: Seventy-one adult heterosexual women in a stable relationship attending our clinic for sexual dysfunction were consecutively recruited...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Sexual Medicine
Naijin Zhang, Yintao Chen, Xiaofan Guo, Guozhe Sun, Yingxian Sun
Till now, no evidence illustrates the prevalence and predictors of metabolically healthy obesity (MHO) in rural areas of China. The objective of this study was, firstly, to examine the prevalence of MHO in rural areas of China, and identify contributing determinants of MHO, Secondly, to comprehensively investigate to the different characteristics between MHO and metabolically unhealthy obesity (MUO). We conducted a population-based cross-sectional study of 2037 participants with obesity in rural Liaoning Province during 2012-2013...
August 10, 2016: Psychology, Health & Medicine
Birgit M Dietz, Atieh Hajirahimkhan, Tareisha L Dunlap, Judy L Bolton
Botanical dietary supplements are increasingly popular for women's health, particularly for older women. The specific botanicals women take vary as a function of age. Younger women will use botanicals for urinary tract infections, especially Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry), where there is evidence for efficacy. Botanical dietary supplements for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are less commonly used, and rigorous clinical trials have not been done. Some examples include Vitex agnus-castus (chasteberry), Angelica sinensis (dong quai), Viburnum opulus/prunifolium (cramp bark and black haw), and Zingiber officinale (ginger)...
October 2016: Pharmacological Reviews
Rebecca C Thurston, B Delia Johnson, Chrisandra L Shufelt, Glenn D Braunstein, Sarah L Berga, Frank Z Stanczyk, Carl J Pepine, Vera Bittner, Steven E Reis, Diane V Thompson, Sheryl F Kelsey, George Sopko, C Noel Bairey Merz
OBJECTIVE: Studies have linked vasomotor symptoms (VMS) to markers of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, yet few have considered clinical cardiovascular events. Data suggest that associations may depend upon the age that symptoms occur. We examined associations between VMS and cardiovascular events and endothelial function, considering age of symptom onset. METHODS: The Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation enrolled women referred for coronary angiography for suspected myocardial ischemia...
September 26, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Artur Pietrucha, Joanna Jędrzejczyk-Spaho, Ewa Konduracka, Irena Bzukała, Krzysztof Krawczyk, Olga Kruszelnicka-Kwiatkowska, Jadwiga Nessler
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of syncope induced by head-up tilt test (HUTT) and the type of positive vasovagal response to the orthostatic stress in a relationship to the estimated phase of menstrual cycle (follicular phase, luteal phase) or menopause. METHODS: We observed a cohort of 500 women at age 13-89 years (median of age 37.5), referred to HUTT. Phase of the menstrual cycle was determined on the basis of the usual length of menstrual cycle and the day of the cycle at the time of the study...
September 26, 2016: Cardiology Journal
Sandra G Pasoto, Kristopherson L Augusto, Jackeline C Alvarenga, Liliam Takayama, Ricardo M Oliveira, Eloisa Bonfa, Rosa M R Pereira
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate volumetric BMD (vBMD), microarchitecture and strength and vertebral fractures (VFs) in primary SS (pSS). METHODS: We evaluated 71 female pSS patients and 71 gender-, age-, and race-matched controls. Clinical data including risk factors for osteoporosis (OP) and fractures were collected through a standardized protocol. Areal BMD and VFs were analysed by DXA. Bone microarchitecture, vBMD and bone strength were assessed by high-resolution peripheral quantitative CT (HR-pQCT), a non-invasive method...
September 19, 2016: Rheumatology
Ai-Jun Sun, Ya-Ping Wang, Bei Gu, Ting-Ping Zheng, Shou-Qing Lin, Wen-Pei Bai, Yang Wei, Shao-Fen Zhang, Ying Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of Heyan Kuntai Capsule (, HYKT) and hormone therapy (HT) on perimenopausal syndromes (PMSs). METHODS: From 2005 to 2008, 390 women with PMSs were recruited from 4 clinic centers. The inclusion criteria included ages 40 to 60 years, estradiol (E2) below 30 ng/L, and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) above 40 IU/L, etc. The patients were randomly assigned to HYKT group or HT group by random number table method, administrated HYKT or conjugated estrogen with/without medroxyprogesterone acetate tablets for 12 months...
September 20, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Jinyong Liu, Tin-Chiu Li, Jing Wang, Wei Wang, Zhen Hou, Jiayin Liu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of ovarian stimulation on the outcome of intrauterine insemination (IUI). DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. SETTING: A single university-based centre. POPULATION: A total of 5109 couples with 8893 cycles. METHODS: The outcome of IUI with different protocols for ovarian stimulation was examined. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The live birth rate (LBR), twin pregnancy rate and ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)...
September 2016: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Alexandre González-Rodríguez, Rosa Catalán, Rafael Penadés, Victoria Ruiz Cortés, Mercè Torra, Mary V Seeman, Miquel Bernardo
BACKGROUND: The loss of estrogens in the menopause may lead to increased vulnerability for psychotic relapse, poor clinical outcome, and a need for increased antipsychotic dose. However, confounders such as cumulative estrogen exposure and time since menopause have been inadequately studied. Our aim was to investigate potential variables capable of influencing antipsychotic response in a sample of postmenopausal women with schizophrenia. METHODS: Sixty-four postmenopausal schizophrenic women were followed in a 12-week prospective treatment-by-clinical requirement study...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
O Milleron, C Bouleti, S Mazouz, E Brochet, F Rouzet, P Nataf, W Ghodbane, D Messika-Zeitoun, M P Dilly, S Cattan, A Vahanian, B Iung, G Jondeau
AIMS: So far, a total of five patients with eclipsed mitral regurgitation (MR) have been reported in the literature by three different teams. The aim of this article was to detail clinical and echocardiographic characteristics, and outcome of patients presenting eclipsed MR. METHODS AND RESULTS: We defined eclipsed MR as spontaneous appearance, at rest, from 1 min to the next of an acute restriction in the motion of mitral leaflets preventing coaptation and leading to massive MR in patients with normal left ventricular end-diastolic diameter, left ventricular ejection fraction >45%, and baseline MR ≤2...
September 13, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Jeong In Choi, Kyung-do Han, Sa Jin Kim, Min Jeong Kim, Jae Eun Shin, Hae Nam Lee
OBJECTIVES: The study investigated the association between childbirth history and health-related quality of life (QOL) in menopausal South Korean women. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis of data from the 2010-2012 Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (KNHANES) for 4277 menopausal women aged over 50. We used the EuroQol index to measure health-related QOL. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The relationship between delivery history and health-related QOL in menopausal South Korean women was analyzed...
October 2016: Maturitas
Azam Mohammadi, Mahshid Naseri, Hamid Namazi, Mohammad Javad Ashraf, Alireza Ashraf
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the role of sex-hormonal changes in idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) among post-menopausal women through measuring estrogen receptor (ER) expression in their transverse carpal ligament (TCL) and serum estrogen level, as well as determine the correlation between these factors and electrodiagnostic parameters and Boston score. METHODS: Biopsy samples of TCL were collected from 12 postmenopausal women who had undergone surgery for severe idiopathic CTS; control specimens were collected from 10 postmenopausal women without CTS who had undergone surgery for the other hand pathologies...
August 2016: Journal of Menopausal Medicine
Andreia Corciova
Clonidine hydrochloride is an antihypertensive agent used for migraine prophylaxis, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, menopausal flushing and Tourette syndrome. The quantity of the active substance in pharmaceutical preparations must be within specific limits, in agreement with the respective label claim. Therefore, the aim of this study was to establish the conditions for two spectrophotometric methods for clonidine determination, based on the formation of the ion pair complex between clonidine hydrochloride and thymol blue/bromophenol blue...
2016: Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research: IJPR
Wenting Wang, Lei Cheng, Jiangtao Zhang, Yingying Qin, Shidou Zhao, Zi-Jiang Chen
Insights into common genetic susceptibility between primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) and natural or early menopause have delivered an innovative way of assessing the genetic mechanisms involved in POI. PRIM1 plays a crucial role in DNA replication by synthesizing RNA primers for Okazaki fragments. It is closely associated with age at natural menopause, early menopause and POI in European women. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether mutations in PRIM1 contribute to POI in Chinese women. All exons and exon-intron boundaries of PRIM1 gene were sequenced in 192 Han Chinese women with non-syndromic POI...
August 24, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
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