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Managing Hypothyroidism with Bioidentical Hormones

AgeMD

After the national outcry following the Good Housekeeping’s rather insulting and poorly researched article about thyroid dysfunction and hypothyroidism, Dr. Erika Schwartz, a leading expert in thyroid balance and Chief Medical Officer of AgeMD talks about symptoms patients experience when suffering with hypothyroidism and how the condition can be properly diagnosed and treated by clinicians.  When diagnosed properly, thyroid dysfunction and hypothyroidism can be treated safely and effectively with the proper thyroid bioidentical hormone therapy.

Soy 'does not ease the menopause'

New York Times

Regimens: Soy Does Little for Menopause Symptoms

Fears about the risks of estrogen replacement therapy have led many women to turn to soy products to treat the symptoms of menopause. But a clinical trial published on Monday in Archives of Internal Medicine has found them no more effective than a placebo.

Researchers at the University of Miami studied 248 women ages 45 to 60. Half were given 200 milligrams of soy isoflavones daily; the rest took a placebo. After two years the scientists tested for changes in bone mineral density and in menopausal symptoms.

Sertraline and mirtazapine do not help patients with Alzheimer's and depression

BHI

The antidepressants sertraline and mirtazapine provide no benefit for patients with Alzheimer’s and depression, according to a UK study of 300 patients with both conditions.

In a recent study published in The Lancet, 'Sertraline or mirtazapine for depression in dementia (HTA-SADD): a randomised, multicentre, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial', authors revealed that two main antidepressants prescribed for patients with Alzheimer's with depression provided no benefit over placebo and increased risk and frequency of side effects. 

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Modifying Risk Factors May Prevent Alzheimer's Epidemic

Medscape Medical News

July 20, 2011 (Paris, France) — Reducing the prevalence of lifestyle-based risk factors, including smoking and physical inactivity, by 25% could potentially prevent up to 3 million cases of Alzheimer's disease (AD) worldwide and up to half a million cases in the United States, new research suggests.

Good Housekeeping Thyroid Article Causes Controversy Among Patients and Practitioners

BHI

Good Housekeeping Thyroid Article Causes Controversy Among Patients and Practitioners

Good Housekeeping magazine has caused a controversy among the community of thyroid patients and practitioners working with women's hormonal health, with their August 2011 publication of the article titled "Understanding Thyroid Problems."

Comment: Andropause and the development of cardiovascular disease presentation— more than an epi-phenomenon

Ariel David Soffer, M.D., F.A.C.C.

 

Comment: Andropause and the development of cardiovascular disease presentation— more than an epi-phenomenon

The latest article from Schwarz, et al, from Cedars Sinai Medical Center in The Journal of Geriatric Cardiology (2011) 8: (3543), attests to what many of us in the cardiovascular community have become aware of; hormones appear to be related to far more than promoting the development of male secondary sexual characteristics.

Andropause and the development of cardiovascular disease presentation— more than an epi-phenomenon

Ernst R. Schwarz, Anita Phan, Robert D. Willix Jr - Journal of Geriatric Cardiol

 

Andropause and the development of cardiovascular disease presentation— more than an epi-phenomenon

Ernst R. Schwarz, Anita Phan, Robert D. Willix Jr

Cedars Sinai Heart Institute, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, 8700 Beverly Boulevard, Suite 6215, Los Angeles, CA 90048, United States; Cenegenics Medical
Institute, 851 Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, United States


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Human Growth Hormone and its Cardiovascular Benefits

Ariel David Soffer, M.D., F.A.C.C.

For many years, Human Growth Hormone (HGH) has been evaluated by the cardiovascular community  with increasingly positive and beneficial findings. Despite these studies substantiating the possible beneficial effects of hormonal therapy in treating heart disease, it appears most cardiologists fail to recognize its importance (1). Data has shown HGH to be a very important endogenous substance in development of embryonic heart tissue(2). Much of the recent cardiovascular research has centered on its benefit with congestive heart failure (CHF).

Natural Estrogen May Improve Cognition for Alzheimer's Disease Patients

University of Wisconsin-Madison Health Sciences

Post-menopausal women who had mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease and who wore a skin patch with natural estrogen for three months did better on cognitive tests than women who did not wear the patch, according to new findings by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH).

The findings are published as an early online version of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and are scheduled for publication in the September issue.

Integrative Way: Hope for menopausal symptoms

Seattle Times

By Drs. Kay Judge and Maxine Barish-Wreden

As many women know, the Women's Health Initiative Study from 2002 showed that estrogen was not the dream treatment for menopausal symptoms that we once thought it was; estrogen treatment after menopause, especially when combined with a progesterone (needed for women with an intact uterus), increases a woman's risk of several diseases, including breast cancer, stroke, dementia, blood clots, and possibly lung cancer.

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