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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149179/postmenopausal-hormone-therapy-and-risk-of-stroke-a-pooled-analysis-of-data-from-population-based-cohort-studies
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Germán D Carrasquilla, Paolo Frumento, Anita Berglund, Christer Borgfeldt, Matteo Bottai, Chiara Chiavenna, Mats Eliasson, Gunnar Engström, Göran Hallmans, Jan-Håkan Jansson, Patrik K Magnusson, Peter M Nilsson, Nancy L Pedersen, Alicja Wolk, Karin Leander
BACKGROUND: Recent research indicates a favourable influence of postmenopausal hormone therapy (HT) if initiated early, but not late, on subclinical atherosclerosis. However, the clinical relevance of timing of HT initiation for hard end points such as stroke remains to be determined. Further, no previous research has considered the timing of initiation of HT in relation to haemorrhagic stroke risk. The importance of the route of administration, type, active ingredient, and duration of HT for stroke risk is also unclear...
November 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144993/evaluate-the-effects-of-antiepileptic-drugs-on-reproductive-endocrine-system-in-newly-diagnosed-female-epileptic-patients-receiving-either-valproate-or-lamotrigine-monotherapy-a-prospective-study
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Harpreet Singh Sidhu, R Srinivasa, Akshay Sadhotra
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the development of reproductive endocrine changes in Indian women with epilepsy initiating on either Valproate (VPA) or Lamotrigine (LTG) monotherapy. METHODS: Reproductive hormonal profiles, hirsutism, ovarian morphology by ultrasonography and menstrual cycle data in newly diagnosed women with epilepsy taking VPA (n=34) or LTG (n=32) monotherapy were compared. None of the women were receiving hormonal contraception. Patients gave details of seizure type and frequency, medical and drug history...
October 28, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142409/reversible-testicular-toxicity-of-piperine-on-male-albino-rats
#3
Gopichand Chinta, Mohane Selvaraj Coumar, Latha Periyasamy
Background: Piperine was widely used in traditional medicine for inducing sterility and abortion. Objective: To evaluate the effect of the piperine on testis of male albino rats. Materials and Methods: Adult male rats were divided into four groups (n = 12). Group I (control): Rats were given vehicle p.o. i.e. 0.5% carboxymethyl cellulose in normal saline daily for 60 days, Group II (ED): Rats received piperine at a dose of 10 mg/kg body weight (b...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081037/progesterone-only-contraception-is-associated-with-a-shorter-progression-free-survival-in-premenopausal-women-with-who-grade-i-meningioma
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Tessa A Harland, Jacob L Freeman, Monica Davern, D Jay McCracken, Emma C Celano, Kevin Lillehei, Jeffrey J Olson, D Ryan Ormond
The hormonally active nature of intracranial meningioma has prompted research examining the risk of tumorigenesis in patients using hormonal contraception. Studies exploring estrogen-only and estrogen/progesterone combination contraceptives have failed to demonstrate a consistent increased risk of meningioma. By contrast, the few trials examining progesterone-only contraceptives have shown higher odds ratios for risk of meningioma. With progesterone-only contraception on the rise, the risk of tumor recurrence with these specific medications warrants closer study...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080551/the-dexamethasone-corticotropin-releasing-hormone-test-in-healthy-and-depressed-women-with-and-without-childhood-adversity
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Carsten Spitzer, Christian Otte, Linn K Kuehl, Anita May, Katharina Schultebraucks, Julian Hellmann-Regen, Katja Wingenfeld
BACKGROUND: Alterations of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis are a prominent finding in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Inconsistencies regarding a hyper- or hypoactive HPA axis may be explained by the moderating effect of childhood adverse experiences (ACE) which are associated with both HPA axis dysfunction and MDD in adulthood. We aimed to systematically disentangle the effects of ACE and MDD on HPA axis by comparing healthy women with and without childhood adversity and women with MDD with and without ACE...
October 23, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042818/cycle-control-with-an-extended-regimen-oral-contraceptive-combining-levonorgestrel-and-ethinyl-estradiol-that-includes-continuous-low-dose-ethinyl-estradiol-instead-of-the-traditional-hormone-free-interval
#6
Rossella E Nappi, Paloma Lobo Abascal, Jennifer Hsieh, Marie-Christine Micheletti
PURPOSE: To evaluate scheduled and unscheduled bleeding and spotting over 1 year of treatment with 91-day extended-regimen combined oral contraception (COC) providing continuous low-dose ethinyl estradiol (EE) in place of the traditional 7-day hormone-free interval (HFI). PATIENTS AND METHODS: This post hoc analysis of a multicenter, open-label, 1-year, Phase 3 study of extended-regimen COC with 30 µg EE/150 µg levonorgestrel (LNG) for 84 days and EE 10 µg for 7 days included 799 sexually active, adult women who completed at least one 91-day cycle of therapy...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966052/misreporting-of-contraceptive-hormone-use-in-clinical-research-participants
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Sharon L Achilles, Felix G Mhlanga, Petina Musara, Samuel M Poloyac, Zvavahera M Chirenje, Sharon L Hillier
OBJECTIVE: Researchers traditionally rely on participant self-report for contraceptive use. We hypothesized that self-reported contraceptive use by clinical research participants may disagree with objectively measured hormonal status. STUDY DESIGN: We enrolled women in Harare, Zimbabwe, aged 18-34, who by self-report had not used hormonal or intrauterine contraception for >30 days, or depot medroxyprogesterone acetate for >10 months, into a study designed to assess biologic changes with contraceptive initiation and use...
September 28, 2017: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28950697/perceived-barriers-to-breast-cancer-screening-among-saudi-women-at-primary-care-setting
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Shaimaa Baher Abdel-Aziz, Tarek Tawfik Amin, Mohammed Baqir Al-Gadeeb, Abdullah I Alhassar, Ali Al-Ramadan, Mohammed Al-Helal, Mohammad Bu-Mejdad, Lubna Abdulaziz Al-Hamad, Eman Hussain Alkhalaf
Background: Screening for breast cancer (BC) is of low rate in Saudi Arabia; although it is provided in the country free of charge to the population. This cross-sectional study aimed at investigating the perceived barriers towards BC screening in Al Hassa, Saudi Arabia. It is crucial for increasing the rate of utilization of screening to identify the possible barriers for seeking BC screening in order to enhance early diagnosis and improve outcome. Materials and Methods: A total of 816 adult Saudi women aged ≥ 30 years attending for routine primary health services or accompanying patients at the selected primary health care centers (PHCs) were randomly selected from 12 PHCs (8 urban and four rural) using multi-stage sampling method...
September 27, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912358/combined-oral-contraceptives-plus-spironolactone-compared-with-metformin-in-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-a-one-year-randomized-clinical-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Macarena Alpañés, Francisco Álvarez-Blasco, Elena Fernández-Durán, Manuel Luque-Ramírez, Héctor F Escobar-Morreale
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to compare a combined oral contraceptive (COC) plus the antiandrogen spironolactone with the insulin sensitizer metformin in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). DESIGN: We conducted a randomized, parallel, open-label, clinical trial comparing COC (30 μg of ethinylestradiol and 150 μg of desogestrel) plus spironolactone (100 mg/day) with metformin (850 mg b.i.d.) for one year in women with PCOS (EudraCT2008-004531-38). METHODS: The composite primary outcome included efficacy (amelioration of hirsutism, androgen excess and menstrual dysfunction) and cardiometabolic safety (changes in the frequencies of disorders of glucose tolerance, dyslipidemia and hypertension)...
November 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893661/effect-of-castration-on-social-behavior-and-hormones-in-male-japanese-macaques-macaca-fuscata
#10
Rafaela S C Takeshita, Michael A Huffman, Kodzue Kinoshita, Fred B Bercovitch
Population control is essential for animal welfare and human safety in free-ranging or captive settings, especially when resources are limited. As an alternative to lethal control, contraceptive methods such as castration in males can be a practical solution, because the testicles are a visual cue to determine which males have been sterilized. However, careful analyses should be carried out to ensure no disruption in the social structure of the population. Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) live in a society centered around dominance rank and matrilineal kin relationships...
November 1, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843511/the-relationship-between-reproductive-and-biochemical-ageing-at-the-time-of-the-menopausal-transition
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Annamaria Zsakai, Rita Sipos, Krisztina Takacs-Vellai, Attila Szabo, Eva B Bodzsar
The biochemical ageing status of women in the menopausal transition was studied using quantitative analysis of age- and autophagy-related gene activities (CDC42 and MAP1LC3 genes were selected as target genes). Free estradiol and progesterone levels in saliva were estimated. General linear models were used to determine the relationship between lifestyle, health status, socioeconomic factors and CDC42 and MAP1LC3 gene expression levels. Gene expression analysis revealed (1) an increasing expression of CDC42 gene after 45years in women, (2) expression level of CDC42 gene associated with menopausal status, (3) while endocrine status was found to associate with the expression of both of the studied age-related genes, (4) the "never used hormonal contraceptives" and "obese nutritional status" were the strongest factors for increased level of age-related gene expressions, and (5) changes in gene expression levels by ageing should be studied by considering not only chronological, but also biological ages...
August 24, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842849/temporal-relations-in-hormone-withdrawal-migraines-and-impact-on-prevention-a-diary-based-pilot-study-in-combined-hormonal-contraceptive-users
#12
Gabriele S Merki-Feld, Gina Epple, Nina Caveng, Bruno Imthurn, Burkhardt Seifert, Peter Sandor, Andreas R Gantenbein
BACKGROUND: Menstrually related migraine (MRM) in the hormone-free interval (HFI) of combined hormonal contraceptives (CHC) are according to the ICHD definition also estrogen withdrawal migraines (EWH). MRMs are less responsive to acute medication. Therefore short-term prevention, initiated 1-2 days before onset of the anticipated bleeding and continued for 6 days, is recommended. Such a long prophylactic triptan use might increase the risk for medication overuse headache in women suffering in addition from non-menstrual migraines...
August 25, 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829842/voice-in-different-phases-of-menstrual-cycle-among-naturally-cycling-women-and-users-of-hormonal-contraceptives
#13
Irena Pavela Banai
Previous studies have shown changes in women's behavior and physical appearance between the non-fertile and fertile phases of the menstrual cycle. It is assumed that these changes are regulated by fluctuations in sex hormone levels across the cycle. Receptors for sex hormones have been found on the vocal folds, suggesting a link between hormone levels and vocal fold function, which might cause changes in voice production. However, attempts to identify changes in voice production across the menstrual cycle have produced mixed results...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780893/abnormal-uterine-bleeding-in-perimenopause
#14
S R Goldstein, M A Lumsden
Abnormal uterine bleeding is one of the commonest presenting complaints encountered in a gynecologist's office or primary-care setting. The wider availability of diagnostic tools has allowed prompt diagnosis and treatment of an increasing number of menstrual disorders in an office setting. This White Paper reviews the advantages and disadvantages of transvaginal ultrasound, blind endometrial sampling and diagnostic hysteroscopy. Once a proper diagnosis has been established, appropriate therapy may be embarked upon...
August 7, 2017: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780215/knowledge-of-and-interest-in-the-copper-intrauterine-device-among-women-seeking-emergency-contraception
#15
Christine Edwards, Dilzayn Panjwani, Ciara Pendrith, Anna Ly, Sheila Dunn
OBJECTIVE: Emergency contraception (EC) includes hormonal pills (levonorgestrel or ulipristal acetate) and the copper IUD (Cu-IUD). The Cu-IUD is more effective for EC than hormonal pills but remains underused, possibly because of lack of knowledge or interest. The objective of this study was to examine knowledge of and interest in the Cu-IUD for EC among Canadian women seeking EC. METHODS: The study used a cross-sectional convenience survey of English-speaking women presenting for EC at two sexual health clinics in Toronto...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715852/treatment-of-premenstrual-dysphoria-with-continuous-versus-intermittent-dosing-of-oral-contraceptives-results-of-a-three-arm-randomized-controlled-trial
#16
Tory A Eisenlohr-Moul, Susan S Girdler, Jacqueline L Johnson, Peter J Schmidt, David R Rubinow
BACKGROUND: Although traditionally dosed combined oral contraceptives (COCs) (21 days of active pills, 7 days of inactive pills) have not been demonstrated as superior to placebo for the treatment of premenstrual dysphoria (PMD), some randomized controlled trials (RCTs) indicate that oral contraceptives administered with a shortened or eliminated hormone-free interval are superior to placebo. However, results of such trials are mixed, and no existing studies have directly compared continuous and intermittent dosing schedules of the same oral contraceptive...
October 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711501/comparing-the-androgenic-and-estrogenic-properties-of-progestins-used-in-contraception-and-hormone-therapy
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Renate Louw-du Toit, Meghan S Perkins, Janet P Hapgood, Donita Africander
Progestins used in endocrine therapies bind to multiple steroid receptors and are associated with several side-effects. It is thus important to understand the relationship between steroid receptor cross-reactivity and the side-effect profile of progestins. In cell lines that express negligible levels of steroid receptors, we report for the first time the binding affinities, potencies and efficacies of selected progestins from different generations determined in parallel. We show that the progestins bind to the androgen receptor (AR) with similar affinities to each other and progesterone, while none bind estrogen receptor (ER)-β, and only norethisterone acetate, levonorgestrel and gestodene bind ERα...
September 9, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704597/are-incident-gallstones-associated-to-sex-dependent-changes-with-age-a-cohort-study
#18
D M Shabanzadeh, S A Holmboe, L T Sørensen, A Linneberg, A-M Andersson, T Jørgensen
Age and female sex have repeatedly been identified as gallstone determinants but the underlying mechanisms are not clarified. The objectives of this study were to determine if changes with age in physiology, lifestyle, or reproductive hormones were associated with incident gallstones. A cohort study of a general population random sample (N = 2366) aged 30-60 years was performed. Participants were ultrasound screened for gallstones in 1982-84 and again in 1993-94. Lifestyle data and blood samples were obtained and re-analyzed in 2004...
September 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698329/a-cross-sectional-study-using-freedom-of-information-requests-to-evaluate-variation-in-local-authority-commissioning-of-community-pharmacy-public-health-services-in-england
#19
Adam John Mackridge, Nicola Jane Gray, Janet Krska
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to provide a national picture of the extent and nature of public health services commissioned by local authorities (LAs) from community pharmacies across England in financial year 2014/15. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey of public health services commissioned in community pharmacies by LAs, gathered via freedom of information requests and documentary analysis. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: All 152 LAs in England. RESULTS: A total of 833 commissioned services were reported across England (range 3-10 per LA)...
July 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676251/the-not-so-bitter-pill-effects-of-combined-oral-contraceptives-on-peripheral-physiological-indicators-of-emotional-reactivity
#20
Diana Armbruster, Clemens Kirschbaum, Alexander Strobel
Combined oral contraceptives (COC) are used by millions of women worldwide. Although findings are not entirely consistent, COC have been found to impact on brain function and, thus, to modulate affective processes. Here, we investigated electro-physiological responses to emotional stimuli in free cycling women in both the early follicular and late luteal phase as well as in COC users. Skin conductance response (SCR), startle reflex, corrugator and zygomaticus activity were assessed. COC users showed reduced overall startle magnitude and SCR amplitude, but heightened overall zygomaticus activity, although effect sizes were small...
July 19, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
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