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Emmanouil Kalampokas, Vijay Sharma, Tanja Gagliardi, Fiona Payne, Mahalakshmi Gurumurthy
Background: Primary small cell ovarian cancer of pulmonary type (SCCOPT) is a rare aggressive ovarian tumour with an incidence of <1%, usually occurring in perimenopausal or postmenopausal women and known to have a poor prognosis. Current treatment is platinum based but has not resulted in long term survival. Case presentation: We report a case of a 77-year old Caucasian woman who presented initially with a one-week history of abdominal discomfort with raised inflammatory markers and Ca125 of 50 μ/ml...
May 2018: Gynecologic Oncology Reports
Mingsan Miao, Shuo Tian, Lin Guo, Ming Bai, Xiaoyan Fang, Shaoyan Liu
Objective: To investigate the effect of curculigoside on mice with simulated perimenopausal depression. Method: Gavage with high, medium, small dose of curculigoside once daily for 30 d consecutive days. Record the related behavior index. The wet weights and viscera indexes of the mouse uterus, thymus, and spleen were measured. Half of the brain was homogenized and tested for 5-HT and DA concentrations. The levels of serum E2, T, FSH, and LH were measured as well...
December 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Paolo Vercellini, Paola Viganò, Laura Buggio, Sofia Makieva, Giovanna Scarfone, Fulvia Milena Cribiù, Fabio Parazzini, Edgardo Somigliana
In women with endometriosis, the lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is increased from 1.4% to about 1.9%. The risk of clear cell and endometrioid ovarian cancer is, respectively, tripled and doubled. Atypical endometriosis, observed in 1-3% of endometriomas excised in premenopausal women, is the intermediate precursor lesion linking typical endometriosis and clear cell/endometrioid tumors. Prolonged oral contraceptive use is associated with a major reduction in ovarian cancer risk among women with endometriosis...
February 15, 2018: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Yomna I Mahmoud, Asmaa A Mahmoud, Faten S Abo-Zeid, Nagui H Fares
BACKGROUND: Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a weak androgen and a crucial precursor of sex steroids. Exogenous supplementation of DHEA is now being commonly used to augment ovarian stimulation in women with diminished ovarian reserve. However, the effects of DHEA are controversial. AIMS: This study verifies the effects of pharmacologic doses of DHEA on the ovarian reserve variables, follicular development, reproductive function, and pregnancy outcomes of perimenopausal rats...
March 8, 2018: Life Sciences
D A Davey
Major advances in menopause hormone therapy (MHT) hold promise in the future of better and safer care for women at and after the menopause. The principal advances are: (1) the critical window or 'window of opportunity' in the 10 years or so after the menopause, during which the benefits of MHT in healthy women exceed any risks; (2) use of transdermal instead of oral administration of estrogen to reduce the risk of venous thromboembolism; (c) investigation of the use of oral micronized progesterone (MP) and vaginal MP to prevent endometrial hyperplasia and carcinoma without any increased risk of breast cancer and venous thromboembolism in postmenopausal women receiving estrogens; vaginal MP prevents endometrial proliferation in the short term but the long-term effects in MHT remain to be established; (4) investigation into the use of intrauterine levonorgestrel-releasing devices (LNG-IUDs), which are an attractive form of MHT in perimenopausal women, providing contraception and reducing uterine bleeding, although the risk of breast cancer with LNG-IUDs requires clarification...
March 11, 2018: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
M A Hipolito Rodrigues, L Maitrot-Mantelet, G Plu-Bureau, A Gompel
Migraine is a common, disabling and incapacitating headache disorder that may be triggered by many factors, such as hormones especially during the perimenopausal period, where large alterations in estradiol levels can occur. The evidence implies that hormonal fluctuations are one of the important triggers of migraine. During reproductive life and during hormonal contraception, the course of migraine can be impacted. Different types of migraine with and without aura can be variously influenced by hormones. Migraine can constitute a risk factor for stroke and this must be taken in account for menopause hormone therapy...
March 9, 2018: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
Agnieszka Dmitruk, Jan Czeczelewski, Ewa Czeczelewska, Jolanta Golach, Urszula Parnicka
Background: Menopause, also referred to as climacterium, is a period of multiple changes in the structure and functions of a woman organism. Objective: Determination of differences in body composition and fatty tissue distribution in women from groups discriminated based on their menstrual status. Material and Methods: The survey covered 312 women aged 38-75 years. Menstrual status of the surveyed women was established according to WHO guidelines based on answers to a questionnaire, and three groups were discriminated: women in the premenopausal period (group 1), in the perimenopausal period (group 2), and in the postmenopausal period (group 3)...
2018: Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny
Mariana Raño, Claudia R Valeggia, Martin M Kowalewski
Reproductive senescence patterns have been scarcely studied in Neotropical primates. The few studies available on the hormonal profiles of aging female monkeys indicate that the decline of ovarian function in nonhuman primates may resemble the hormonal events associated with the perimenopause in women. In this study, we explore a reproductive hormone profile of an aged black-and-gold howler monkey female (Alouatta caraya) from a wild population in northeastern Argentina and compare this profile with that of a cycling female in the same population...
March 8, 2018: Folia Primatologica; International Journal of Primatology
Corey Lyon, Rebecca Mullen, Brandy Deffenbacher, Alex Reed, Joan Nashelsky
No. Exercise doesn't decrease the frequency or severity of vasomotor menopausal symptoms in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women (strength of recommendation: A, systematic review of randomized controlled trials [RCTs] and consistent RCT).
March 2018: Journal of Family Practice
Ashwini Kishan, Nikitha Marakur, Shailaja Moodithaya, Amrit M Mirajkar
BACKGROUND: Menopause-associated estrogen deficiency results in climacteric symptoms like vasomotor, psychological and sleep disturbances that cause a decline in the quality of life. Electrodermal activity (EDA), a psychophysiological measure, reflects sympathetic activity, which provides information associated with individual's emotions, phobias, arousal, cognition and stress. The study compared electrodermal response to auditory stimuli between postmenopausal and perimenopausal women with and without symptoms and also correlated the association of scores of the menopausal transition symptoms with indices of EDA...
March 28, 2018: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
E S Ozyurek, T Yoldemir, U Kalkan
Endometriosis is classically defined as a chronic, recurrent and progressive disease. It is known to be estrogen-dependent, but can still be observed during the peri- and postmenopausal periods. Medical management of endometriosis is palliative symptomatic relief. Surgery when properly and timely performed for the right person may treat endometriosis. However, there is always a risk of possible major or minor surgical complications, as well as loss of some functions due to nerve damage. Management of endometriosis in the woman approaching the end of her reproductive life may require special attention both due to the potential for recurrence and transformation into various endometriosis-associated malignancies...
March 1, 2018: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
A I Duarte, M S Santos, C R Oliveira, P I Moreira
Alzheimer's disease (AD) constitutes a major socioeconomic challenge due to its disabling features and the rise in prevalence (especially among (peri)menopausal women and type 2 diabetes patients). The precise etiopathogenesis of AD remains poorly understood. Importantly, its neurodegenerative perspective has been challenged towards a more "systemic" view. Amyloid-β (Aβ) and hyperphosphorylated Tau protein (P-Tau) (the main AD neuropathological features) affect and are affected by peripheral and brain insulin signalling dysfunction, leading to glucose dysmetabolism, synaptic loss and AD-related cognitive deficits...
February 19, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Lina Yan, Ting Luan, Quan Hua, Yun Gu, Ziyi Fu, Xia Liu, Minghui Li, Chengxin Liu, Ping Li, Xin Zeng
The female genital system infections have high-incidence among various gynecological diseases. The role of endogenous peptides in female reproductive tract secretion has been rarely investigated regarding gynecological infections. To identify gynecological infections associated endogenous peptides, a comparative peptidomic profiling of vaginal secretion from sexually mature and perimenopause women was conducted in this study using nanoflow liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometer. A total of 3096 peptide fragments originating from 1364 precursor proteins were identified, 102 of which were discrepantly expressed, which included 60 over-expressed peptides and 42 under-expressed peptides in the sexually mature group compared with the perimenopause group...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology
Min-Ju Kim, Gyeyoon Yim, Hyun-Young Park
BACKGROUND: Sleep disturbance is one of the common complaints in menopause. This study investigated the relationship between menopausal symptoms and sleep quality in middle-aged women. METHOD: This cross-sectional observational study involved 634 women aged 44-56 years attending a healthcare center at Kangbuk Samsung Hospitals. Sleep quality was measured using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI).Multiple linear regression analysis was performed to assess the associations between Menopause-specific Quality of Life (MENQOL) scores and PSQI scores and Menopause-specific Quality of Life (MENQOL)scores...
2018: PloS One
Taniqua A Miller, Rebecca H Allen, Andrew M Kaunitz, Carrie A Cwiak
Family planning represents a key component of reproductive health care. Accordingly, the provision of contraception must span the reproductive age spectrum, including perimenopause. The risk of pregnancy is decreased, but not trivial, among women over 40 years of age. Evidence-based guidelines for contraceptive use can assist clinicians in counseling their patients in this population. Intrauterine contraception is one of the most effective methods and is safe to use in midlife women with few exceptions. Progestin-only contraception is another safe option for most midlife women because it is not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular complications...
February 16, 2018: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Lisa Mosconi, Valentina Berti, Crystal Quinn, Pauline McHugh, Gabriella Petrongolo, Ricardo S Osorio, Christopher Connaughty, Alberto Pupi, Shankar Vallabhajosula, Richard S Isaacson, Mony J de Leon, Russell H Swerdlow, Roberta Diaz Brinton
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185926.].
2018: PloS One
Zhaleh Shariati-Sarabi, Hamid Etemad Rezaie, Nasrin Milani, Farnaz Etemad Rezaie, Ali Etemad Rezaie
Background: The menopausal transition called perimenopause, happens after the reproductive years, and is specified with irregular menstrual cycles, perimenopause symptoms and hormonal changes. Women going through peri menopausal period are vulnerable to bone loss . Osteoporosis is one of the most common debilitating metabolic bone diseases, especially in the women almost around 50 years. This study was intended to evaluate the prevalence of osteopenia/osteoporosis amongst asymptomatic individuals during the menopause transition period...
January 2018: Archives of Bone and Joint Surgery
Laura J Miller, Nafisa Y Ghadiali
Introduction: Premenstrual, perinatal, and/or perimenopausal psychiatric problems require specific screening, assessment, and treatment strategies. The scope of these reproductive-linked psychiatric symptoms among women veterans is unknown. Due to high rates of sexual trauma among women veterans, it is also important to ascertain relationships between sexual trauma experiences and reproductive cycle mood problems. This pilot study investigates the prevalence of self-reported premenstrual, perinatal, and perimenopausal emotional problems and whether these correlate with pre-military sexual abuse, military sexual harassment, and/or military sexual assault, among veterans receiving psychiatric evaluations within a Veterans Administration Women's Health Clinic...
February 5, 2018: Military Medicine
Cindy Meun, Oscar H Franco, Klodian Dhana, Loes Jaspers, Taulant Muka, Yvonne Louwers, M Arfan Ikram, Bart C J M Fauser, Maryam Kavousi, Joop S E Laven
Context: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is closely linked to hyperandrogenism. In PCOS, hyperandrogenism has been associated with metabolic disturbances which increase the risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Objective: To assess the association of high serum androgen levels, as a postmenopausal remnant of PCOS, with the prevalence of atherosclerosis and incidence of CVD in postmenopausal women. Design: The Rotterdam Study, a prospective population-based cohort study...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Pin-Li Chen, Wen-Jun Wang, Yan-Qiu Rao, Jun Li, Ming-Jun Cheng
As the resident macrophages of the brain's innate immune system, microglial cells are key modulators in the neurodegenerative disease Alzheimer's disease (AD). In particular, the activation and accumulation of microglial cells around amyloid plaques is considered to result in chronic neuroinflammation. Although the pathologic mechanism remains to be fully elucidated, inflammation has been shown to be critical in the pathogenesis of AD. The Gengnianchun (GNC) formula has long been used to treat perimenopausal syndrome clinically, and is particularly effective in improving learning ability and memory...
January 31, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
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