October 19, 2011

Night Sweats Too

1 Hot Flashes Persist After Menopause

Hot flashes and night sweats (HF/NS) persist after menopause for many women, says a study that looked at 10,418 postmenopausal women, ages 54-65. The average age of menopause is 50-51. It’s commonly thought that hot flashes and night sweats last between 2 to 5 years after menopause. Volunteers completed questionnaires about lifestyle, medical history, hormone therapy use and other pertinent questions. While 89.6% of women experienced HF/NS at some time, 54% of volunteers, across the age range reported still experiencing them. “... many older women continue to experience menopausal symptoms and these may vary in severity and how they affect a woman's quality of life.” says Professor Philip Steer, editor-in-chief of BJOG, the journal in which the study is published.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: World Menopause Day Highlights Women's Health

Tags: Aging, Hot Flashes, Menopause, Night Sweats, BJOG, Philip Steer

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A Reason to Move

2 Your Neighborhood Can Affect Your Health

Women in big-city public housing who relocated to affluent neighborhoods had lower rates of diabetes and extreme obesity, reveals a federal government study started in the 1990s. MSNBC reports that the results offer compelling evidence that your neighborhood can determine your health. While the researchers originally sought to find out if moving poor families to more affluent areas could improve employment, they instead learned that the relocation offered by the government improved women's health. While differences were small, they were still significant. Almost 18 percent of women who stayed in public housing were extremely obese, compared with 14 percent who relocated. About 20 percent of women in public housing had diabetes, but only 16 percent who moved had the disease.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Neighborhood Health, Poor Worse Health, Public Housing Obesity Rates, Diabetes Rates among Poor, Reasons to Move

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No Link If Given to Moms–to-Be

3 Steroids May Be Bad for Preemies' Brains

Researchers in Canada and California have found that preemies given the steroids dexamethasone or hydrocortisone have cerebellums that tend to be about 10 percent smaller than those not given. Steroids accelerate lung maturation and manage hypotension, which are two common problems in preemies. The results were based on MRI data of 172 babies before 32 weeks of gestation that were performed right after birth and at one more time period when they would have been considered full term. Women at high risk of giving birth early are given dexamethasone but smaller cerebellums were not seen in their premature babies. Researchers want to conduct long-term studies to see if smaller cerebellums lead to behavioral, motor and learning deficits that tend to affect kids born prematurely.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Study Shows Preemies' Autism Risk Quintupled

Tags: Healthy Pregnancy, Premature Birth, Steroids Use in Preemies, Hydrocortisone, Dexamethasone, Cerebellum, Pre-Term Birth

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