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Cmg van Driel, A S Stuursma, M J Schroevers, Mje Mourits, G H de Bock
BACKGROUND: During menopause women experience vasomotor and psychosexual symptoms that cannot entirely be alleviated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Besides, HRT is contraindicated after breast cancer. OBJECTIVES: To review the evidence on the effectiveness of psychological interventions in reducing symptoms associated with menopause in natural or treatment-induced menopausal women. SEARCH STRATEGY: Medline/Pubmed, PsycINFO, EMBASE and AMED were searched until June 2017...
March 15, 2018: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Javed Iqbal, Banzeer Ahsan Abbasi, Riffat Batool, Tariq Mahmood, Barkat Ali, Ali Talha Khalil, Sobia Kanwal, Sayed Afzal Shah, Riaz Ahmad
Breast cancer (BC) is a devastating disease in female around the world causing significant health care burden in both developed and developing countries. In many cases BC has shown resistance to chemotherapy, radiation and hormonal therapy. Development of new, cost effective, affordable treatment method is the need of hour. Chemical compounds isolated from plants are often biologically active and is attracting the attention of scientific community. Different in vitro and in vivo studies have shown a potential role in reducing the risk of cancer metastasis...
March 10, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Edward L Melanson, Kate Lyden, Ellie Gibbons, Kathleen M Gavin, Pamela Wolfe, Margaret E Wierman, Robert S Schwartz, Wendy M Kohrt
PURPOSE: To determine the effects of 5 months of ovarian hormone suppression in pre-menopausal women on objectively measured physical activity (PA). METHODS: Participants (age = 35±8 yr; body mass index = 27±6 kgm) received monthly intramuscular injections of gonadotropin releasing hormone agonist therapy (GnRHAG) which suppresses pituitary gonadotropins and results in suppression of ovarian sex hormones. Women were randomized to receive concurrent transdermal E2 (GnRHAG+E2; n=30) or placebo (GnRHAG+PL, n=31)...
March 5, 2018: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Riina Katainen, Janne R Engblom, Päivi Polo-Kantola
OBJECTIVE: Only a few extended follow-up studies have investigated the natural progress of climacteric-related symptoms. The results have been conflicting. Thus, our aim was to evaluate, through a 19-year longitudinal study, whether these symptoms decrease or disappear as time elapses after menopause. METHODS: Our study was a prospective follow-up survey of 65 hysterectomized peri or postmenopausal women. The women were interviewed at the baseline, and at 6 and 19 years thereafter...
March 5, 2018: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Clinton G Lauritsen, Abigail L Chua, Stephanie J Nahas
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Menopause is a life-changing event in numerous ways. Many women with migraine hold hope that the transition to the climacteric state will coincide with a cessation or improvement of migraine. This assumption is based mainly on common lay perceptions as well as assertions from many in the healthcare community. Unfortunately, evidence suggests this is far from the rule. Many women turn to a general practitioner or a headache specialist for prognosis and management. A natural instinct is to manipulate the offending agent, but in some cases, this approach backfires, or the concern for adverse events outweighs the desire for a therapeutic trial, and other strategies must be pursued...
March 6, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Chuanbo Xie, Nan Shao, Longjun He, Xiuhong Li, Cong Li, Jibin Li, Dongfang Su
Background Reproductive factors have been well-documented risk factors for breast cancer. Few studies have examined whether the associations between reproductive factors and breast cancer differed across races/ethnicities. Methods We analyzed a sub-sample (70, 734) of the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian (PLCO) dataset. Participants with valid baseline questionnaire and without breast cancer at enrollment were included into analysis. We stratified the participants into subgroups based on their races/ethnicities then estimated the effects of the reproductive factors on breast cancer within each group using Cox-proportion regression models...
2018: Journal of Cancer
Ashley K Clark, Rebecca L Quinonez, Suzana Saric, Raja K Sivamani
Hidradenitis suppurativa is a recurrent inflammatory skin condition characterized by abscesses and boils, predominantly in the groin, armpit, and buttocks areas. HS is not a life-threatening condition, but severely impairs quality of life in those affected. Finding a successful treatment approach for HS has been challenging, in part because of the lack of a gold-standard treatment method, limited research-based information, and the nature of clinical variation in the disease. Treatment commonly consists of antibiotics, anti-inflammatory therapy, hormonal therapy, and more invasive clinical procedures...
November 12, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
Anna Angelousi, Carolina Cohen, Soledad Sosa, Karina Danilowicz, Lina Papanastasiou, Marina Tsoli, Aparna Pal, Georgios Piaditis, Ashley Grossman, Gregory Kaltsas
Primary hypophysitis (PH) is a rare disease with a poorly-defined natural history. Our aim was to characterise patients with PH at presentation and during prolonged follow-up. Observational retrospective study of 22 patients was conducted from 3 centres. In 14 patients, PH was confirmed histologically and in the remaining 8 clinically, after excluding secondary causes of hypophysitis. All patients had hormonal and imaging investigations before any treatment. Median follow up was 48 months (25-75%: 3-60). There was a female predominance with a female/male ratio: 3...
February 19, 2018: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
Jennifer L Marino, Helen C McNamara, Martha Hickey
Impaired ovarian function and menopausal symptoms are common after cancer treatment. Menopausal symptoms often occur at an earlier age in women with cancer, and may be more severe than in natural menopause; they may be the most persistent and troubling sequelae of cancer. A third of female patients with cancer report dissatisfaction with the quality and length of physician-patient discussions about reproductive health, including menopause. Systemic menopausal hormone therapy is the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms, but it is not suitable for all patients after cancer - where it is unsuitable, alternative effective non-hormonal treatments are available...
February 19, 2018: Medical Journal of Australia
Payel Kundu, Steven Neese, Suren Bandara, Supida Monaikul, William G Helferich, Daniel R Doerge, Ikhlas A Khan, Susan Schantz
Age-related declines in cognitive function can impair working memory, reduce speed of processing, and alter attentional resources. In particular, menopausal women may show an acceleration in the rate of cognitive decline as well as an increased vulnerability to brain diseases as estrogens may play a neuroprotective and neurotrophic role in the brain. To treat menopausal symptoms, many women turn to botanical estrogens that are promoted as a safe and natural alternative to traditional hormone replacement therapy...
February 2, 2018: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
Douglas A Gibson, Ioannis Simitsidellis, Olympia Kelepouri, Hilary O D Critchley, Philippa T K Saunders
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of the androgen precursor dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) on the decidualization of human endometrial stromal cells isolated from women of advanced reproductive age. DESIGN: In vitro study. SETTING: University research institute. PATIENT(S): Proliferative phase primary human endometrial stromal fibroblasts (hESFs) were isolated from women of advanced reproductive age (n = 16; mean age, 44...
February 1, 2018: Fertility and Sterility
Ibrahim Alkatout, Thilo Wedel, Nicolai Maass
Endometriosis is the second most common benign female genital disease after uterine myoma. This review discusses the management of individual patients. This should take into account the severity of the disease and whether the patient desires to have children. Particular emphasis is laid on the anatomical intersections which, when injured, can lead to persistent damage of the anterior, middle or posterior compartment and are not infrequently the cause of urological and urogynaecological follow-up measures. Typical symptoms of endometriosis include chronic pelvic pain, subfertility, dysmenorrhoea, deep dyspareunia, cyclical bowel or bladder symptoms (e...
February 2018: Aktuelle Urologie
Olivia M Dean, Emma Gliddon, Tamsyn E Van Rheenen, Francesco Giorlando, Sandra K Davidson, Manreena Kaur, Trung T Ngo, Lana J Williams
OBJECTIVES: Bipolar disorder is a complex illness often requiring combinations of therapies to successfully treat symptoms. In recent years, there have been significant advancements in a number of therapies for bipolar disorder. It is therefore timely to provide an overview of current adjunctive therapeutic options to help treating clinicians to inform their patients and work towards optimal outcomes. METHODS: Publications were identified from PubMed searches on bipolar disorder and pharmacotherapy, nutraceuticals, hormone therapy, psychoeducation, interpersonal and social rhythm therapy, cognitive remediation, mindfulness, e-Health and brain stimulation techniques...
January 25, 2018: Bipolar Disorders
Tianyi Huang, Brian M Lin, Susan Redline, Gary C Curhan, Frank B Hu, Shelley S Tworoger
Despite established sex differences and longstanding hypotheses of sex hormones in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) etiology, no studies have evaluated type of menopause and age at menopause, which affect postmenopausal hormonal milieu, in relation to OSA risk in women. We followed 50,473 postmenopausal women from the Nurses' Health Study (NHS) between 2002-2012 and 53,827 postmenopausal women from the NHSII between 1995-2013, with 1,712 and 2,560 incident OSA diagnoses, respectively. Compared with natural menopause, the pooled HR for OSA was 1...
January 22, 2018: American Journal of Epidemiology
Nayara Pestana-Oliveira, Bruna Kalil, Cristiane Mota Leite, Ruither Oliveira Gomes Carolino, Lucas Kniess Debarba, Lucila Leico Kagohara Elias, José Antunes-Rodrigues, Janete A Anselmo-Franci
Chronic exposure to 4-vinylcycloxene diepoxide (VCD) in rodents accelerates the natural process of ovarian follicular atresia modelling perimenopause in women. We investigated why estrogen therapy is beneficial for symptomatic women despite normal or high estrogen levels during perimenopause. Female rats (28 d) were injected daily with VCD or oil for 15 d; 55-65 d after the first injection, pellets of 17β-estradiol or oil were inserted subcutaneously. Around 20 d after, the rats were euthanized (control rats on diestrus and estradiol-treated 21 d after pellets implants)...
January 2018: ENeuro
Baohui Xu, Haojun Xuan, Yasunori Iida, Masaaki Miyata, Ronald L Dalman
BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a chronic degenerative inflammatory disease. Multi-factors including genetic, environmental and lifestyles determine the onsets and progression of AAAs. Currently surgical repair remains the only effective aneurysm treatment, but no pharmacological therapy is available for limiting further enlargement of small AAAs and fetal rupture. OBJECTIVE: This article is to review our current understanding of angiotensin II (Ang II) and its type 1 receptor (AT1) in AAA pathogenesis as well as the translational potential of AT1 receptor blocker (ARB) treatment for treating clinical AAA disease...
January 22, 2018: Current Drug Targets
Hang Huang, Hui Xie, Yue Pan, Kewen Zheng, Yiqun Xia, Wei Chen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Prostate cancer (PCa) is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in men worldwide. Currently available therapies for hormone-refractory PCa are only marginally effective. Plumbagin (PLB), a natural naphthoquinone isolated from the traditional folk medicine Plumbago zeylanica, is known to selectively kill tumor cells. Nevertheless, antitumor mechanisms initiated by PLB in cancer cells have not been fully defined. METHODS: MTT assay was used to evaluate the effect of PLB on the viability of cancer cells...
January 22, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
M Enciso, J P Carrascosa, J Sarasa, P A Martínez-Ortiz, S Munné, J A Horcajadas, J Aizpurua
STUDY QUESTION: Is it possible to determine the receptivity status of an endometrium by combined quantitative reverse transcription PCR (RT-qPCR) expression analysis of genes involved in endometrial proliferation and immunity? SUMMARY ANSWER: The new ER Map®/ER Grade® test can predict endometrial receptivity status by RT-qPCR using a new panel of genes involved in endometrial proliferation and the maternal immune response associated to embryonic implantation. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The human endometrium reaches a receptive status adequate for embryonic implantation around Days 19-21 of the menstrual cycle...
February 1, 2018: Human Reproduction
Salvatore Caruso, Stefano Cianci, Valentina Fava, Agnese M C Rapisarda, Silvia Cutello, Antonio Cianci
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of nutraceuticals containing equol on vaginal health of postmenopausal women with vulvovaginal symptoms and dyspareunia. METHODS: One hundred twenty-six natural postmenopausal women on +1b +1c (2 and 3-6 y after the final menstrual period, respectively) of the Stages of Reproductive Aging Workshop were enrolled in a nonrandomized trial. Of these, 72 women accepted to use nutraceutical (group A). The remaining 54 women refused the treatment and participated as the control group (group B)...
January 8, 2018: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Aixa Molina, Jose Sánchez, William Sánchez, Vanessa Vielma
OBJECTIVE: To improve endometrial quality and implantation rates after the administration of platelet-rich plasma in patients with refractory endometrium. METHODS: 19 patients undergoing in vitro fertilization, aged between 33 and 45 years with a history of refractory endometrium, to whom platelet rich plasma was given by infusion with a catheter into the uterine cavity on the tenth day of the hormone replacement therapy, and then 72 hours after the first administration...
January 5, 2018: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
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