Risks Outweigh Benefits
Healthy women who've already gone through menopause shouldn't take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medication for the prevention of heart disease, dementia and bone loss, advises the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The recommendation is published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Los Angeles Times reports that the decision may have detractors among doctors who think that the risks of HRT for menopausal women have been overblown. While the task force recommendation doesn't apply to women who use HRT to reduce hot flashes, vaginal dryness and night sweats during menopause, a report by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will soon address whether this group of women should use HRT.